Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
The quarterback battle in 2013 will not be the mystery it was last season.
However, it will still be a battle.
Coach Chris Petersen loves competition, and 2013 will be no different. The quarterbacks will be once again going all out to prove they have what it takes to lead the Boise State offense.
An offense, by the way, that coach Petersen made clear needs some tweaking. In a recent Idaho Statesman article, coach Pete was quoted as saying:
We’re going to look at our offense from top to bottom,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time and there’s a lot of dead weight in it and we need to get rid of a lot of things. We’ve already had early discussions and it will be interesting to see where we go with this whole thing.
Look for Petersen to try to get the most out of his quarterbacks this spring as he crafts his offense.
Redshirt freshman Nick Patti will be looking to step up in a big way this spring. He is a very talented athlete, and there seems to be little doubt that he can play effectively at the collegiate level.
Patti had a real shot in 2012 as a true freshman landing the starting quarterback spot. However, it is going to be more difficult this year for him to win the job.
Last season it was anyone's competition to win. There was no returning starter, and a lot was up in the air.
But this time around Joe Southwick is back for his senior season, and it seems highly unlikely that he will be dethroned.
Look for Nick Patti to see some limited playing time in certain packages this fall, but the starter, barring an injury or camp collapse, will most likely be Joe Southwick.
But it doesn't mean Nick Patti is going to make it easy for him.
After his performance in the latter part of the 2012 season, Joe Southwick seemed to cement himself as the Broncos quarterback for 2013.
His confidence and mobility in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas should have Boise State fans excited.
If he can duplicate and even expand what he did late last season, the Broncos are going to be dangerous.
Jimmy Laughrea has a huge arm, and some may have thought he would be a surprise last spring in the quarterback competition.
However, his spring game performance left something to be desired and an injury left him sidelined for a while.
Laughrea does have a good arm, but that probably won't be enough alone to unseat Southwick. Still, if you have watched him play, at times, he looks like an incredible talent.
Hedrick has been no stranger to the field, but his snaps have been very limited. He is an amazing athlete, but his niche might be exactly where coach Petersen has him.
If you need an option play or even possibly a wildcat type play, Hedrick is your man. He can throw as well, but the spring game of 2012 exposed that area of his game as needing some work.
He is an asset to an offense that likes to give teams different looks.