Boise State QB Joe Southwick to have surgery, could return this season

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Boise State senior starting quarterback Joe Southwick will have surgery on his broken right ankle today, coach Chris Petersen said.

Petersen is hopeful that Southwick will be able to return in about five weeks, but he called that “speculation.” Ryan Dinwiddie returned six weeks after surgery on a broken ankle in 2002.

The Broncos play at San Diego State in five weeks, then play at home against New Mexico and possibly in the Mountain West championship game.

“He is in good spirits,” Petersen said. “He wants to get back as soon as possible. That’s his whole mission.”

Junior Grant Hedrick will start Friday night at BYU (6 p.m., ESPN).

Other notes from Petersen:

— On Hedrick’s performance vs. Nevada: “He did a good job. You can see that from the stands. Not many balls hit the ground. … He’ll be tested in a completely different way this Friday.”

— On the No. 3 quarterback (the only other healthy QB is true freshman walk-on Richard Hoppe): “We’re kind of figuring that out as we go.”

— On the offense with Hedrick: “We’ll always cater toward the guy back there’s strength, but it will be tweaks here or there. It’s not going to be a brand-new offense.” Hedrick will run — it’s a big part of his game — but Petersen said he’ll be expected to do it carefully. “At that position, we’d like to avoid hits if we could,” Petersen said.

— On what happens when Southwick returns: “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. … We’ll get more information when he comes out of surgery.”

— On redshirt freshman right tackle Steven Baggett, who has played most of the past two games: “He’s making progress. You hate it for (starter Rees Odhiambo). I think Rees is playing really good.” Petersen added that redshirt freshman Travis Averill, who moved to tackle from inside with the injuries, may get some snaps, too.

Here is the depth chart.

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Wide receiver Matt Miller:

— On Hedrick: “Grant has every throw in the book. He’s very capable of throwing those deep balls as well. Nothing is going to change with our play calling.”

— On last year’s 7-6 win against BYU: “It’s pretty frustrating for an offense but actually one of the funnest games I’ve ever played in. It was a dogfight.”

— On BYU’s defense: “They remind me of a Pac-12 defense — just how physical and how hard they play.”

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Boise State junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was named the Mountain West defensive player of the week Monday.

Lawrence recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks Saturday as the Broncos shut out Nevada in the second half and won 34-17.

The 3.5 sacks is the highest total by a player in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season. It was the first three-sack game by a Bronco since defensive tackle Andrew Browning got three in 2006 at Nevada.

Lawrence leads the Mountain West for the second straight season with 6.5 sacks in six games. Colorado State’s Shaquil Barrett has 6.5 in seven games.

Lawrence is second in tackles for loss with 9.5. Barrett has 12.5.

Boise State tailback Jay Ajayi (222 rushing yards, three TDs) was beat out for the offense award by Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams (221 receiving yards, four TDs).

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Former Borah High defensive lineman Hawkins Mann has switched his commitment from Boise State to San Diego State after moving to Southern California. Here is the story out of San Diego.


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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