Southwick suited up at SDSU

Southwick suited up at SDSU

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on November 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 8:35 PM

SAN DIEGO -- As you saw on the pregame show last week, Southwick returned to the blue in sweats and tossed passes during warmups. This week he continued to inch closer to his return.

At this week's news conference on Monday, Boise State head coach Chris Petersen delivered the news. Senior quarterback Joe Southwick was back practicing after suffering a broken ankle four weeks ago. Petersen said at the time that Southwick hadn't been cleared to play yet, but that he would "be in the mix" when the doctors cleared him. 

Either way, coach Pete will likely take all the help he can get against San Diego State - a blitz heavy defense that will try to create confusion.
 
Pete said Hedrick hasn't ever really seen anything like this, so at the least, it will be a nice learning experience.

Two weeks ahead of the most optimistic timetable Southwick was back on the field.

Its hard to believe, but just 32 days ago today, Joe went down on the very first play of the Nevada game. As he left the sideline, his playing career was in doubt.
 
In the weeks that followed, (it's good for the team to see) somehow he continued to stay positive and lead from the sideline.

With that in mind, junior quarterback Grant Hedrick thrived given his opportunity. His completion percentage and passing yards are similar to Southwick's, but Hedrick has proved to be more dangerous due to his ability to run.
 
As for what it means about who's starting undercenter moving forward, coach Pete isn't worried about his options adding when Joe can play he will, some capacity.
 
To show you how serious they are, for the first time since Southwick's injury, he travelled with the team, participating in Thursday's walk through, and at the very least, his teammates are happy he's back.

When is comes to both QBs, a closer look shows each have their benefits. Southwick is better at stretching the field consistently.

Over 30 percent of his completion this season have gone for 20-plus yards, a 20-percent jump over Hedrick.

Even with that in mind, it's hard to ignore the success of Hedrick, especially when it counts, like in the redzone.

Since the Southwick injury, the junior signal-caller QB efficiency rating of 286.8 from 20-yards and in, and had totaled up 10 touchdowns in the last four games.

Southwick was on the field in uniform duing warmups before Saturday's game.

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