Hedrick hopes to improve his play as a dropback passer

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

Here is my profile of Boise State backup quarterback Grant Hedrick, who will make his first college start tonight against BYU (6:06 p.m., ESPN).

I had a bunch of quotes and notes that didn’t make the story:

— Turnovers have been Hedrick’s bugaboo during his career. He said in fall camp he was trying to eliminate “the stupid, young-guy mistakes.”

— Hedrick on leadership, from fall camp: “I’m trying to be more of a commander of the offense, something (Joe Southwick) is so good at, getting guys in the right spots, recognizing defenses, barking stuff out. Being vocal’s been a little tough for me. I’ve been more of a lead-by-example guy. I need to learn to get out of my comfort zone and talk a lot. I know I only have two years left, so I’ve just got to come out here and work hard, but have fun and savor it.”

— Hedrick was rated the No. 57 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com in high school.

— Hedrick, a couple weeks ago, on how he’s trying to improve: “For me, it’s just been that pocket presence as a passer. Just standing in there and being more of a dropback passer and just being patient with that.”

— Hedrick’s dad, Shane, will not be at the BYU game. His Central High team in Independence, Ore., plays tonight at Newport (Ore.). He’ll try to track the first quarter or so before it’s time to prepare his team for the game, then watch the game when he gets home. Hedrick’s mom, Gail, and two aunts will be in Provo. His sister, Julie, attends George Fox in Oregon and can’t attend because of midterms.

— Hedrick’s even-keel demeanor matches that of his parents. Jeff Charleston, a Central High alum who played at Idaho State and in the NFL, told Hedrick a story about Drew Brees. “I played with Drew Brees … he doesn’t say anything, but when he walks into a meeting the whole place just quiets down because of the respect he has. He says very few words,” Charleston told Hedrick, according to Shane. “Grant took that to heart,” Shane said. “Don’t bring attention to yourself.”

— Hedrick once rushed for 298 yards on nine carries in a high school game.

— Shane on his son: “I see a lot more confidence in him. I see a very confident kid, a kid who still seems kind of reserved and businesslike.”

— Shane: “I’m not nervous for it at all, just because of his experience. If he was a freshman, I’d probably he under a table right now.”

— Hedrick’s major: criminology.

— Coach Chris Petersen on meeting with the Hedricks during recruiting: “His mom … said, ‘He doesn’t talk much’ as we’re sitting there. He’s a man of few words. A great guy. A really good person. A hard worker.”

— BYU linebackers coach Kyle Poppinga, to the Deseret News: “I think he does some things better than their starter did. We as coaches kind of ask ourselves all the time this week, ‘Why wasn’t this guy starting?’ Not that the other guy isn’t good, but this guy does some really good things. We’re going to have to play very well.”

— Defensive end Kharyee Marshall: “He made me look silly a few times. Just that one cut and his speed comes right back up. It’s ridiculous.”

NOTES & QUOTES

— Boise State CB Bryan Douglas, who tore an ACL in late October last year, understands what Joe Southwick is going through this week: “It feels like your world’s come crashing down, but with the team we have, the coaches, the trainers we have, they tend to keep people’s spirits up,” Douglas said.

— Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski on BYU quarterback Taysom Hill: “He’s got everything you want in a running back and then he’s turned into a really good quarterback. The last few games he’s been a lot better with his accuracy.”

— Boise State has recorded 14 sacks in the past three games. “You’re feeding off that energy,” Marshall said. “Everyone’s starting to get pumped and everyone is starting to make plays.”

— The only other time that Boise State played at BYU, the Broncos won 50-12 in 2003. The Broncos blocked a punt for a touchdown in the first 4 minutes and rolled from there. Wide receiver Tim Gilligan made eight catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

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OUR COVERAGE

Monday blog: Southwick injury update
Tuesday story: Weekly notes
Tuesday blog: Broncos lose WR recruit
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Wednesday story: BYU QB Taysom Hill
Wednesday story: BYU scouting report
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Wednesday blog: Boise State run game faces challenge
Wednesday blog: Name the Score contest
Thursday story: B.J. Rhode reflects on his run as backup turned starter
Thursday blog: BYU’s Kyle Van Noy is a big-time playmaker
Thursday blog: Chris Petersen’s coaching record broken down
Friday story: Grant Hedrick profile
Friday column: Petersen’s 100th game
Friday blog: Murph’s leftovers on Petersen

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GAME NOTES

Boise State game notes
Boise State depth chart
Boise State stats
BYU game notes, depth chart, stats
Mountain West weekly notes

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BYU COVERAGE

Salt Lake Tribune
Deseret News

You can follow beat writer Jay Drew at @drewjay.

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GAME FACTS

Boise State at BYU

When: 6:06 p.m. Friday

Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470, grass), Provo, Utah

TV: ESPN (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, Allison Williams)

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

Records: Boise State is 5-2 overall, 3-1 Mountain West; BYU is 5-2 as an independent

Series: Boise State leads 3-0 (last meeting: BSU 7-6, 2012, in Boise)


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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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