Apart from the famous blue turf, Boise State athletics has also been known for a long line of great quarterbacks including Bart Hendricks, Ryan Dinwiddie, Jared Zabransky, and of course, Kellen Moore. Senior quarterback Grant Hedrick is hoping to have his name added to that list.
“The tradition of quarterbacks here is pretty remarkable,” Hedrick said. “Not a lot of schools can say they have had that many big-time quarterbacks and I will try and follow in their footsteps.”
Hedrick in fact has been actually working with both Moore and Hendricks during the summer to help improve his game.
“They are both awesome guys to talk with,” Hedrick said. “You learn different things from each guy and it’s good for me to have those resources where I can reach out, ask questions, and pick things up from them.”
In addition, Hedrick has been working a lot with new offensive coordinator, Mike Sanford.
“It’s awesome and he is one of my favorite coaches I have had,” Hedrick said. “He brings a lot of energy and he expects the same from us and he comes in everyday ready to go and I have learned a lot from him.”
While Hedrick has been developing his physical skills, he has also been working on developing the mentality of a leader on the team.
“I’m having to be more of a vocal leader,” Hedrick said. “ “It’s not really my style but I need to do it now because that’s my role.”
Last season, Hedrick took over the starting role of quarterback when incumbent Joe Southwick went down with an injury.
“That experience helped me a lot,” Hedrick said. “Hopefully that will help me again this year.”
Over the course of those games, he threw for 1,825 yards and had 16 touchdowns with only five interceptions.
Not only was he good in the air, but Hedrick was also good with his legs. He ran for 364 yards and had six touchdowns. He doesn’t plan on changing his running style of quarterback play anytime soon.
“I don’t think I am going to approach it any differently,” Hedrick said. “When I need to use them(legs), I will, and I know the coaches would like to see me use them a little more.”
Because of his play Hedrick has been placed on the Davey O’Brian Award watch list, which is given each year to college football’s best quarterback.
To say Hedrick is facing a lot of pressure this season is an understatement, but he isn’t letting it get to him.
“I don’t feel any pressure at all,” Hedrick said. “I am just going to continue to keep doing the same things I have been doing.”
Instead, Hedrick wants to go out and enjoy his final year as a Bronco.
“This last year for me is all about taking everything in and enjoying each moment,” Hedrick said. “I have enjoyed my whole time here and this whole process has been awesome because in a blink of an eye I will be done.”