Over the last two seasons, Joe Southwick has shouldered much of the blame for the Broncos’ fall from BCS-busting glory.
The Broncos are off to a less-than-stellar start to the 2013 season after losing two of their first five games for the first time since opening the 2005 season, with losses to Georgia and Oregon State.
It’s easy to blame Southwick, who is clearly the antithesis of his predecessor, Kellen Moore. Southwick has versatility with his legs, is outspoken at times and enjoys the attention that comes with being a Division I quarterback. Moore, on the other hand, needed a sundial to measure his 40-yard dash time, mumbled through press conferences and was rarely seen in public.
“Kellen would have never thrown that interception,” they say. “Kellen would never have a mustache,” they say.
Taking over the Boise State Broncos football team from college football’s most winningest quarterback is not easy, but Southwick has done a much better job than most would have.
What Southwick doesn’t have? A receiving core riddled with NFL talent. What he does have? The fifth=highest completion percentage in college football (73.5 percent).
This Bronco team isn’t the one that won two Fiesta Bowls only a few years ago. This is a team with major holes on defense, few playmakers on offense and a very impatient fan base.
Next time the Broncos struggle to get off to a good start, hold off before condemning Southwick.