Joe Southwick has been on the sidelines for three years. In previous years he only got to play in the mop-up role; no pressure. That’s a tough position to be in. It takes time to find yourself and a rhythm. He’s made a couple of bad choices, but I recall saying a few times, “Kellen! Who were you throwing to?”
The offense is struggling, dah! That being said Southwick and Boise are a step away from 3 and 0. A couple of deep throws at Michigan were off by a step at the most.
I’m just a fan, but there may be such a thing as calling a Joe Southwick game. His deep passes are strong and crisp and there are guys that can get behind the defenders. I think that is key; allow Southwick to throw and let the receivers find the ball.
The goal line stand against BYU was a disappointment, but Boise sent a one-dimensional team to the line of scrimmage. If you send a team to a first and goal situation on the one who will, pass, run, or sprint to the corners it’s hard to stop. It’s a beautiful thing to see a tight end slip off his block and wide open in the end zone.
Frankly, the coaches at BSU know more about the game and personnel than me, but I just see what I see and I see some good days coming. Which comes to the new offensive coordinator, Robert Prince. Prince no doubt sees things and knows things beyond the grasp of what the fan sees. For four years BSU had one of the best quarterbacks in college football history and one of the most talented running backs in the nation. You don’t replace Moore and Martin in three games. Everybody has to find their groove – even Prince. Even the Beatles took a couple of nights to get used to Ringo at drums.
In a year and a half Boise State fans will be saying how can we ever replace Southwick?