Boise State QB Nick Patti, not just Hedrick, seizes opportunity to improve

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

PATTI BENEFITS FROM SOUTHWICK’S ABSENCE, TOO

Everyone sees the progress junior backup quarterback Grant Hedrick is making in three games subbing for senior starter Joe Southwick.

Behind the scenes, the same is happening with redshirt freshman Nick Patti. Patti has gone from the third-stringer, who gets few practice snaps, to the backup, who gets a good chunk of the snaps.

“I really feel like he’s tried to take that opportunity and run with it,” quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith said. “He understands he’s now a play away. We feel confident to put the guy in the game, to be honest with you. He’s done some really good things in practice.”

Patti is 5-for-7 for 37 yards in mop-up duty this season.

NOTES & QUOTES

— Boise State has distributed 31,700 tickets for Saturday’s game. Plenty of $25 tickets remain. The season low for attendance is 33,293 for UT Martin.

— Boise State center Matt Paradis on snapping in the pistol: “The biggest adjustment is just taking a little bit off the snaps, velocity wise, because if I throw a bad snap back there, fairly soft, the quarterback can still get it. If there’s some speed to it, then it’s gone.”

— Left tackle Charles Leno Jr. on playing at home for the first time in almost a month: “I know that’s going to bring a lot of energy to our team.”

— A leftover Smith quote on Hedrick from today’s story: “The reps have helped and the game experience and I think, ultimately, having a little success builds on your confidence and that’s showed. He’s felt good with what we’re doing. … I thought if he got in a game the thing would slow down for him a little bit and he would play well. He has not surprised me with anything.”

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OUR COVERAGE

Monday blog: Notes from Monday’s press conference
Tuesday story: Big stakes for Broncos in last three games
Tuesday blog: Wyoming has been inconsistent
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Wednesday story: Wyoming seeks complete game
Wednesday story: Rocky Mountain athlete commits to Boise State
Scouting Wyoming
Wednesday blog: Broncos hope to get Matt Miller the ball more
Thursday story: Grant Hedrick fitting in as Broncos’ starting QB
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GAME NOTES

Boise State game notes
Boise State stats
Boise State depth chart
Mountain West notes
Wyoming game notes

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WYOMING COVERAGE

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle coverage can be found here.

Beat writer Robert Gagliardi is on Twitter, @rpgagliardi.

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GAME FACTS

Wyoming at Boise State

When: 8:21 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bronco Stadium (36,387, FieldTurf)

TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Brock Huard, Jessica Mendoza)

Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

Records: Boise State is 6-3 overall, 4-1 Mountain West; Wyoming is 4-5, 2-3

Series: Boise State leads 7-0 (last meeting: BSU 45-14, 2012, in Laramie, Wyo.)


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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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