Boise State hasn’t had a significant injury to the quarterback position since Ryan Dinwiddie went down with a broken ankle against Arkansas in 2002.
During Saturday night’s homecoming game against Nevada, redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick scrambled toward the Boise State sideline on his first play from scrimmage midway through the first quarter. Southwick was brought down awkwardly from behind and didn’t get up.
News would eventually come that Southwick had suffered a broken ankle and would not return to the game.
“That thing kind of just makes you sick to your stomach,” Hedrick said. “Joe puts so much time and effort into each week of practice and to see him go down like that, it just kills me inside.”
Hedrick and the entire Boise State team seemed rattled for the remainder of the first quarter and the majority of the second. It wasn’t until a 49-yard run by Hedrick to get the Broncos deep into Nevada territory before redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi punched it in for the Broncos lone first half score.
“It was just kind of a spark,” Hedrick said. “It was a good play to get us going a little bit and finish the drive there.”
Hedrick’s mobility was the story of the night. He rushed for 115 yards on eight rushes, scoring two touchdowns in the process.
“We see Grant make crazy plays at practice all the time,” Ajayi said. “When Joe went down, yeah, we were sad. But at the same time we knew we had Grant coming in and we knew without a doubt he was going to make a lot of good plays for our offense.”
Hedrick and the rest of the Bronco squad came out on a mission in the second half. They outscored the Wolf Pack 24-0, behind two rushing touchdowns by Hedrick to shut the door on Nevada.
“We’ve said all along that Grant is a really good player and he is and he showed it tonight,” Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said.
With the Boise State offense looking like they will be without Southwick for potentially the rest of the season, Hedrick will be called upon to lead the Broncos. He will try and keep his form on a short week when the Broncos take on BYU next Friday night.