Monday, July 9, 2012.
Signal-callers serve as today’s theme. There’s the “Under the radar: College football Top 10 little-known quarterbacks” analysis by Steve Greenburg of Sporting News. All of the QBs have at least a year’s experience, except for Joe Southwick of Boise State. “Southwick is the only player on this list who isn't completely locked into a starting role, but the task of succeeding Kellen Moore is essentially his and everyone in Boise pretty well knows it,” writes Greenburg.
“About that task...well, it's an impossible one if you're looking at Moore's NCAA-record 50 victories as a starter and his near-perfect play over four unforgettable years. So Southwick has that going for him, which is nice. He also has the accuracy and the mobility to fare extremely well.” By the way, Boise State faces four of the other quarterbacks on Greenburg’s list this season: Michigan State’s Andrew Maxwell, BYU’s Riley Nelson, Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Wyoming’s Brett Smith.
Yahoo.com compares Maxwell and Southwick in a commentary by Adam Biggers as it looks ahead to the Boise State-Michigan State game August 31. And, well, the two quarterbacks are comparable. Both replace legends at their respective schools. Maxwell has the better size at 6-3, 208 pounds to Southwick’s 6-1, 197 (although Joe always looks bigger than that). Southwick has the better stats, having gone 40-of-54 for 400 yards with two touchdowns in his career. Biggers’ take on the numbers goes down the strength-of-schedule road in the Big Ten, though: “To a point, numbers can be compared—but the level of play between Michigan and Wisconsin is drastically different than that of UNLV and Fresno State.”
The big picture at Boise State is, of course, the battle for the starting spot that resumes next month. Athlon Sports places the competition among its “Top 10 Quarterback Battles” for the upcoming season. Athlon has it fairly well pegged as it outlines Southwick’s career stats, adding, “True freshman Nick Patti is undersized (5’11”), but he was impressive in the spring and will be Southwick’s biggest competition in the fall. Redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea and sophomore Grant Hedrick remain in the mix, but both are well behind Patti and Southwick. Predicted winner: Southwick.”
Eagle High grad Tanner Mangum plans to enroll at BYU this fall before he leaves for his LDS mission, but he won’t take enough credits to start his eligibility clock ticking. The star quarterback, who won the Elite 11 competition on ESPN last summer, will thus have five years of eligibility with the Cougars when he returns for the 2015 season. A story in the Deseret News points out something interesting: a precious few among the legion of great BYU quarterbacks have come back from missions and prospered. Writer Brandon Gurney could only pinpoint two, Brandon Doman and John Beck. And if you’re a Boise State fan, you’ll remember Beck playing against the Broncos in 2003 and 2004. It took him awhile.
Fundraisers come in all shapes, sizes and sounds these days. Heaven knows Hawaii’s athletic department needs revenue, what with its seven-digit deficit. So the Warriors are hosting a concert next month at the Stan Sheriff Center headlined by Stevie Wonder. UH will get either 10 percent of the gross sales or 75 percent of the net sales, whichever is greater. The arena holds over 11,000 for concerts—officials estimate a sellout would bring the Warriors as much as $250,000. Maybe Stevie will sing “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing.” But Hawaii athletics had better not take that to heart. They’ve got money problems over there.
No need to track the count and the amount anymore. Graham DeLaet has retained his PGA Tour card on his major medical exemption with eight tournaments to spare. The former Boise State star tied for 12th yesterday at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia, earning $119,560 to put his season total at $674,230. DeLaet needed $657,694 in 26 events on his exemption to keep his card after missing virtually all of 2011 with a back injury. He made it in his 18th start of the season. The round he’ll remember from the Greenbrier is the six-under 64 he shot Saturday. A career difference-maker.
The Yakima Bears are playing their final season in that Central Washington city before a move to Hillsboro, OR, next year. The crowds are small, but that doesn’t faze the Bears, who punished the Boise Hawks last night, 10-1, in a game called after five innings due to severe weather (with Hawks play-by-play man Mike Safford Jr. forced to do his KTIK postgame show from the safety of a restroom). The Hawks took an innocent 1-0 lead into the bottom of the second inning. At the end of the fourth they were down by nine runs, as Yakima teed off on Boise starter Ian Dickson and reliever Rafael Diplan. The mound meltdown came on the heels of the Hawks’ first shutout in two years Saturday night, a 4-0 whitewashing of the Bears. The Hawks are now 8-16 on the season.
Former Hawk Clay Rapada has a role with the New York Yankees. Often it’s to get one man out and go take a shower. Last night in Boston, Rapada entered the game with a 7-2 lead, but with men on first and third, one man out, and David Ortiz coming to the plate as Fenway Park started to rock. Throwing his mean sidearm slider, Rapada struck out Big Papi and—with his job done—was promptly lifted. Over half of Rapada’s 41 appearances this season have not exceeded one-third of an inning. The 31-year-old has not allowed an earned run over his last 18 appearances, with his ERA now down to 2.55 for the season.
This Day In Sports…July 9, 1946:
Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox has four hits, scores four runs, and knocks in five as the American League defeats the National League, 12-0, in the All-Star Game. In the eighth inning, the Splendid Splinter hit a Rip Sewell blooper pitch for a home run, a feat no one else had ever accomplished. The much-celebrated game marked the return of the Midsummer Classic after a one-year absence due to World War II.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)