Replacing the winningest quarterback in NCAA history isn’t going to be easy in Boise this season.
This will be the Broncos first year without four-year starter Kellen Moore, who set an NCAA record with 50 career victories and finished fourth in the Heisman in 2010.
Now it’s Joe Southwick‘s turn to lead Boise State in 2012 and their eventual move to the Big East.
Coach Chris Petersen named Southwick his starter during his press conference on Sunday. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound junior will bring more mobility to the position and a deep understanding of the offense.
For his career, Southwick is 40-of-54 for 400 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
The Broncos have adjusted well through quarterback transitions for more than a decade, from Big West Offensive Player of the Year Bart Hendricks (1999-2000) to WAC Offensive Player of the Year Ryan Dinwiddle (2001-03) to Fiesta Bowl champion Jared Zabransky (2004-06) to record-breaking Taylor Tharp (2007) to All-American and Heisman finalist Moore (2008-11).
Southwick won’t have long to adjust to his new starting roll as the Broncos travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State in their first game of the season on Friday. The Spartans will be ready for anything Boise throws their way as they return arguably one of the best defenses in the country this season.
Southwick’s knowledge of the system and time at Boise State will help him transition however. Serving as a backup to Moore for the last few seasons has taught him a lot on how to be a successful quarterback.
The blue turf is now his.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.