Top 5 football stories from the break
1. Southwick -
The winter break began with scandal in Hawaii as redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick was sent home after less than 24 hours on the island. Southwick was accused of urinating off a hotel room balcony on pedestrians. When he returned to Boise, Southwick approached KTVB and gave an exclusive interview, producing lie detector tests in an attempt to prove his innocence in the ordeal. The story has since lost momentum and no new developments have surfaced.
2. Dylan Sumner-Gardner
Just over a month on the job and head coach Bryan Harsin has already landed the highest rated recruit in Boise State history. Four-star safety, Dylan Sumner-Gardner is ranked 92 on the ESPN recruiting board. Originally committed to Texas A&M, Sumner-Gardner followed Marcel Yates for the Broncos. Sumner-Gardner’s committal is a done deal as he enrolled in classes at Boise State this semester.
3. Nick Patti
Once a highly touted recruit out of Florida, redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Patti left the Boise State program over the break. Patti redshirted his freshman season in 2012, and made appearances in six games for the Broncos this season,.He played as the backup for the majority of the season after Southwick went down with a broken ankle. Patti is rumored to have transferred to Central Florida where he was heavily recruited before committing to Boise State.
4. Coaching Staff
Bryan Harsin has a storied history with Boise State and the community. A former quarterback for the Broncos, Harsin also served on the coaching staff from 2001-2010. Harsin is bringing in a coaching staff with similar ties. New offensive coordinator Mike Sanford was a quarterback for the Broncos from 2000-2004 and comes as the quarterbacks’ coach at Stanford from 2011-2013. Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates served as an assistant for the Broncos from 2003-2011 before working at Texas A&M the past two seasons.
5. Hawaii Bowl
The Broncos capped off their 2013 campaign with a 38-23 loss to Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve. The Broncos struggled in the first half, giving up two touchdowns to the Beaver defense. They trailed 31-6 at the break. The Broncos got some offense going in the second half, but the Oregon State lead proved to be too much to overcome.