By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen said Monday that he expects senior starting quarterback Joe Southwick to return during the regular season. Southwick broke his right ankle Oct. 19 against Nevada and had surgery two days later.
Southwick apparently is pushing to return as soon as possible.
“He somehow got his M.D. here in the last two weeks,” Petersen said. “He’s a competitor and he wants to be out there, but he’s making progress. … It will be interesting to see when he’s at full speed. We don’t want to put him in harm’s way at all. When Ryan (Dinwiddie) came back, he wasn’t 100 percent — that’s why it’s a gray area.”
Petersen was tight-lipped on the rest of the team’s lengthy injury list coming out of the Nov. 2 game at Colorado State. The depth chart was unchanged, so that didn’t provide any insight into who might be out for Saturday’s home game against Wyoming (8:21 p.m., ESPN2).
Petersen did say there weren’t any new long-term injuries.
Kickoff is set for 8:21 p.m. Saturday and ESPN can push that back another 5 minutes, up to an hour before kickoff.
Petersen on senior wide receiver Kirby Moore, an academic all-district honoree who hasn’t played since Sept. 20 (foot): “He’s like clockwork in terms of the student and person he is. That guy is rock solid. He hasn’t been playing but he knows every bit of our game plan and he’s signaling and he’s trying to play during the week. The last week or two, he’s been practicing and trying to get in there. It’s one of those strange things. Each week, we are hopeful. He’s a great student, a better person. And with not a whole lot of season left, you hope he can be in there soon.”
Junior linebacker Corey Bell on the team getting healthy during the bye week: “A lot of those guys were in there four or five hours a day just doing treatment. That obviously accelerates their recovery time.”
Bell on the defense against Colorado State: “We came out of that game just proud of the guys who stepped up and did jobs they never had to do before and did very well considering the situation they were thrown into.”
Senior starting center Matt Paradis, a former Defensive Scout Player of the Year as a defensive lineman, on watching injuries mount on the D-line at Colorado State: “I thought about going to coach (Pete Kwiatkowski) and asking if he needed me, but I don’t think that would have been received too well.”