Backup QB's give Bronco defense another look

Backup QB's give Bronco defense another look

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by Ryan Larrondo

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Posted on August 21, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 8:21 AM

BOISE--  Going into Saturday night's scrimmage, all eyes were on the Boise State offense. That side of the ball was a concern for the team following the first scrimmage held eight days earlier. When the final scrimmage wrapped up, both players and coaches said that they were happy with the way the offense had improved. Based on the scoring format, the offense beat the defense 26 to 20. Quarterback Kellen Moore threw for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns, and some lesser known players stepped up to make some big plays.

Another thing that head coach Chris Petersen was happy about was the play of his backup quarterbacks, Joe Southwick and Grant Hedrick.

The two used their feet to scramble for over sixty yards. But it wasn't just the production numbers that pleased Petersen, it was the look that his two running quarterbacks gave to the Bronco defense.

"We play to Kellen's strengths if he is in there, and if those other guys are in there we're going to play to their strengths," Petersen said. "But I think the really good thing about it is that our defense is going to see a lot of running quarterbacks that can not only run zone read, but scramble well. So, they need to see a lot of that and they got a little taste of that tonight."

Southwick had three rushes and 37 yards on the night, while Hedrick ran for 26 yards and a score. The two also threw the ball well. Southwick had passing touchdown, while Hedrick completed nine of ten passes. That versatility also caught the eye of starting quarterback Kellen Moore.

"That's that little element that certainly I'm not really going to help with the team there," Moore Said. "So they try to throw a few other guys who certainly have that ability. I think it helps the defense to stay a little bit more honest."

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