Boise State QBs coach Jonathan Smith breaks down Southwick's play, backup QB situation

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith said Tuesday he sees junior quarterback Joe Southwick becoming “more confident and comfortable” four games into his career as a starter.

Still, he sees plenty of room for improvement.

It was the first time that Smith was made available to the media since spring ball.

“It’s been OK,” Smith said of Southwick’s play. “I wouldn’t say that we’re satisfied. In some parts, and Joe would agree with me, we’re a little disappointed in some areas, especially our efficiency in the red zone — as an offense. But things start with the quarterback and kind of end with the quarterback.”

Smith has been pleased with Southwick’s approach to the job.

“The guy works hard and prepares himself,” Smith said. “There are not many times he goes in the games and gets confused. He knows what we’re trying to do. He does a great job studying tape and I think that’s paying off for him.”

Smith says Southwick has done a better job getting the ball out quickly and on time and he liked seeing him give his receivers a chance on deep balls last week. Earlier in the season, Southwick overthrew a couple long passes and missed a read or two that could have led to big plays.

Smith also said he was worried about sacks going into the season, so he’s happy that Southwick has only taken two.

“There are some things to build on and there are some things to improve on,” Smith said. “… I do think he can be a really good quarterback. He’ll give us a chance to win games and, if he keeps improving, he can be really good.”

Smith would like Southwick to improve in the red zone — he tossed three touchdown passes there last week, which was a step forward — and make better decisions as a runner.

“There are some times he could put his foot in the ground and run vs. maybe throwing it away or things of that nature,” Smith said. “And we’ve talked about that. I want him to still grow on third down. We’ve been pleased with a lot of his decision-making, just in general. … He is an athlete. He can move. I don’t think we’ve quite shown that.”

Smith said Southwick is in a difficult position because of the pressure and expectation on him. Even the coaches have had to adjust, he said, because they developed the offense around Kellen Moore the past four years.

“There’s a ton of pressure on (Southwick),” Smith said. “He’s getting it all over. He tells me all the time he goes to the supermarket and he’s getting heckled. I think he has handled it really well. He is a tough kid. Now, it means so much to him. It’s important to him to have success. He deserves to have success the way he works.”

Southwick’s efficiency rating is up to 139.29, which ranks 52nd nationally. By game, it’s been 87.73 (Michigan State), 174.63 (Miami), 108.72 (BYU) and 176.54 (New Mexico).

Other notes from Smith:

— On the Michigan State game: “That’s a miserable environment to go into as a first start. There’s no doubt. But I think he’s grown in that. He’s just feeling more comfortable and more confident in what he’s doing.”

— On the red zone: “There were a couple times we could have gone to a different area with the ball. And two, we’ve got to be able to run the ball into the end zone just to help him out.”

— On Southern Miss: “The speed of play will be a jump from New Mexico. I think they’re quite a bit more athletic than them.”

— Sophomore Grant Hedrick has been getting the second-team snaps and some first-team snaps. Redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea is the third-teamer and true freshman Nick Patti is the main scout-team quarterback. Hedrick got banged up in the first fall scrimmage, Smith said. He could get a package of plays to run soon. “We’ve kind of thought about it each week,” Smith said. “I think it’s closer and closer to going in.”

— Smith likes the way sophomore wide receiver Matt Miller plays in the run game. His block keyed D.J. Harper's long touchdown run against Miami. "We’re trying to get him the ball more and more," Smith said. "... You should see him blocking. He's had some huge blocks."

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He'll be fine

Joe is going to be O.K. I can't imagine the pressure of living in Kellen Moore's shadow. He just need to "calm down" when things get crazy...especially in he red zone. He needs to find his "zone" and execute...tune out the noise and focus on play execution.

I agre!

Joe is a very different quarterback. All he here's about is Kellen would have done better. Kellen started a little rough too in his first few starts. If Joe can tune out all the noise and get into his groove, I see him more a Bart/Jared QB. But the difference Kellen like poise and vision.

CABronco

This is Division 1 football

This is Division 1 football brotha! Can't only shine against the intramural teams.

Southwick

I agree with Guardrail that he will be fine. The two main problems I've seen with him is 1)sliding with the ball before he gets to the down marker (and it looks like he has taken care of this problem)and 2)he does overthrow sometimes. It's very sad that people "heckle" him. These are young kids with tons of pressure on them. I have no doubt everyone on the team is trying their best to do what they can. The best thing the BSU fans can do is give everyone on our team a vote of confidence, stand behind them and support them. It is a young team (even if some of them have been there for awhile they may have not played much)give them some time to learn and become confident.

Go BSU!!!

Enough about the players

Our players are great. I'm wondering about the coaches. They keep using their finesse tailback on power plays, aiming short of the first down, and calling plays too slowly for the team to adjust. I don't want to hear from the coaches about how "the players are doing fine."

Don't Heckle Joe

unless you can go out there and do better. Chances are that you can't. Those that have heckled him to his face should be ashamed. Very ashamed.

Tax man

One of the great things about being a "fan" is that you dont have to be better than the guy on the field. Though sometimes it feels as if you could be. Southwick is just a kid, a kid going to school and playing football. We understand that. No one should heckle him to his face. But we can boo or criticize play or do anything else. It is our right as fans. We may be wrong, we may be confused as to what is wrong and what we are seeing. We could just be plain old nasty, but that is CFB, Southwick is not an enslaved puppet, he is a mediocre QB on a team with high expectations. He is not a "natural" he is not NFL bound, he is not being coached well. But he is getting an education in football, in college and in life. And he can be a man about it and take his medicine like any one else. I dont have to be an NBA all star to take note of Shaq's horrible free throws. Southwick is playing like he is scared and new and unprepared. Who's fault is that? Coaches? Southwick? Both.

I was referring

to those who heckle him to his face - nothing more.

I was referring

to those who heckle him to his face - nothing more.

Don't hit post twice - or this can happen to you

LOL

anyone who would heckle him to his face outside of a game is a total loser.

Were you dropped on your head as a child

Or was it more recent than that?

Bronco754 - kinda weak

Come on Dude. If you are gonna be a Big Boy please wear some Big Boy Insult Pants.

How long did it take you to come up with that 'put down'.

Even the Out To Lunch Bunch types will agree it was kinda lame ancd pathetic and does not represent the high standards of Smack Talk and Personal Attacks, these boards are famous for.

Grow some longer feathers so you can fly with us vultures.

VNDL

ugly - as you can see the frictions . . .

. . . are continuous and increasing in intensity. Just puruse the above posts and you will see the rancorous tenor in them between posters. Our predictions of a possible and potentially theoretical Melt Down of Bronco Nation are coming true.

The fog will be coming very soon.

I am beginning to see a dimming of the lights over Bronco Stadium.

Evening is coming but the photovoltaic cells are not working.

It is a good thing that both you and I are True and Certified Bronco Supporters with multiple shares of Bronco Stock, owned between us, that we can use as Safe Conduct Pa$ses, when and if we need to escape the coming battle.

As we have discussed in the past many times on these boards:

If They Stumble, They Crumble.

The first 'They' being the Bronco Football Team and the second 'They' being the Common Bronco Fans in Bronco Nation

VNDL

PS - These posts by Common Bronco Fans condeming each other for trying to share their honest opinion(s) about the mistakes the Bronco Coaching Staff and/or the players themselves are making and blaming each other is very interesting to observe. I mean - after all - this is just a game and not the End of the World. The 2012 season is just a practice year where it is good to make mistakes and learn from them. As I have said before, the players seem to be learning but the BSU coaches - well - not so much.

LOL

You are CLEARLY a "legend" in YOUR OWN MIND. Too bad everyone else thinks you're just plain nuts.

Bronco754

Thanx for taking the time to read my post.

I am curious about a couple of things:

1. What do you believe is the Main Purpose and Terminal Goal for the BSU Bronco Football Team (Mission Statement), and;

2. Are you a member of the Bronco Athletic Association.

If you are currently not a member of the BAA here is a little information about how you can join and help support the Bronco Football Playres by helping them get their college paid for via athletic scholarships:

https://baamember.nolatepayments.com/

3. Do you want the BSU Bronco Football Team to make mistakes and learn from them during the 2012 Practice Season, so they can be legitimate contenders for the National Championship in:

A. 2013,

B. 2014,

C. 2015,

D. 2016,

E. 2017,

F. Someday - its just that year is unknown at this time.

Again, thanx for your support, encouragement, and taking the time to care enough about my posts to take time from your busy day to read them.

Go Broncos.

VNDL

BAA Member # 63799

754

Are you attempting to make yourself a legend? Or are you just plain nuts?

VNDL....You are right, this cfb is only a

game....

The Broncos are fun to watch and fun to analyze....

Itys amazing how Bronco Fans here and in obnug are reacting to a 3-1 team....I'd be happy if the Vandals were 3-1, or even the St Louis Rams....

I hope the Bronco Fans can hang in there....Im getting worried about them....please pray for a very large Bronco victory over the 0-4 Southern Miss....

This way we can read 'happy' posts by 'happy' Bronco Fans saying 'happy' things to each other, including to Vandals....

If it is close, then watch out....

Hey Ugs...

Glad to see that you and VNDL are still around. I've been to busy with my new job here on the Oregon Coast to have an opportunity to follow your conversations...often...hilarious.

Anyway, to get back on topic...I didn't have an opportunity to watch the game last Saturday at New Mexico...but, I've watched the other games that S'wick has played and I wonder if he's already reaching his potential?

I don't know if he has much more topside...that makes me wonder how the development of the remaining QB's is coming along?

BA # 7192124

sif1960....

Glad to hear things are still going well in Oregon....

At the top level (MSU, ND) I think Southwick has peaked....at the mwc level, I think Southwick will do much better and run up some good stats. The Broncos next 7 games have teams with 9 wins and 23 losses, so Southwick should do better with less pressure....we will see how important the Nevada game is in few weeks....

It will be interesting to see if Hedricks gets any 'real' play time in 2012, and not just last few minutes if Broncos up by large margins....if not, then the qb position for 2013 will be for Southwick to lose....

Maybe VNDL can add some thoughts....

Ugs

I remember VNDL predicting that at some point in time that Patti would surpass S'wick.

Because of my limited time I've been primarily following WAC football and somewhat following MWC football. However, I'm convinced Boise State would be lucky to finish 3rd in the WAC this year. I think if the WAC and MWC were merged that LaTech and Utah St would finish 1 and 2. I think this year that SJSU could finish 3rd ahead of BSU.

I'm becoming really worried about BSU's venture into the Big East. I've been reading the Big East is more and more considered a tier 2 conference and that if that were to materialize then who be SDSU and BSU's natural rivalries?

I've been a supporter of moving up to the Big East but if it is put into the same category as the Sun Belt and CUSA then why did we have all of this conference shuffling? I'm concerned we're not going to get what we have been investing in.

BA# 7192124

sif60....I have never supported the move to the

Big East....

I have always stated that 'the Big East is a Big Mistake for the Broncos' (Ugly, 2011)....it will be....

2013 is their only guarantee?

In 2014 or so, I feel they will get rid of the non-AQ and let the three lesser conferences share a final AQ into one of the Big 5 BCS Bowls, or National Championship....

All this Notre Dame and BYU stuff in Big East is just talk....

By 2014 or 2015, the Big East could actually be weaker than the mwc?

BSU #3 or #4 in this years WAC? Doubt it....Boise State seems to play pretty good with whomever they must play against....but they could easily lose to anyone of those this year....

2012 and 2013 will be interesting for cfb fans....including those of lesser knowledge at the Ram....

ugs

OMG...my feelings have been the Big East is a Big Mistake...I never publicly stated this fact since I was on the end of a few BBQ sticks.

You have weathered the storm and I have a feeling that as Big Blue football comes down to earth that we'll see a more realistic reality of what Idahoans should expect from their #1 football program. A few days ago I was thinking that Nebraska is so lucky they put every dollar behind the Corn Huskers.

I recently read where the Nebraska - Omaha football team had to finally disband because of the lack of interest. The article went ont say that NE no longer has FCS or D-2 football programs. The article did mention that NE has a couple of church schools with NAIA and D-3 football.

Maybe the SBOE should adopt a similar model and establish BSU as the only FBS and then put UI as FCS and the then demote ISU to D-II. That would spread it out and then perhaps ISU could finally become competitive.

But the problem with UI going to FCS is that so many athletes would leave that UI should just give up athletics all together. I don't see anybody attending games in Moscow unless they are FBS. In the Big Sky days if there were 5,000 people in attendance the announced attendance would be 10,000.

The most recent gate ticketing procedures are much more accurate.

ugs

OMG...my feelings have been the Big East is a Big Mistake...I never publicly stated this fact since I was on the end of a few BBQ sticks.

You have weathered the storm and I have a feeling that as Big Blue football comes down to earth that we'll see a more realistic reality of what Idahoans should expect from their #1 football program. A few days ago I was thinking that Nebraska is so lucky they put every dollar behind the Corn Huskers.

I recently read where the Nebraska - Omaha football team had to finally disband because of the lack of interest. The article went ont say that NE no longer has FCS or D-2 football programs. The article did mention that NE has a couple of church schools with NAIA and D-3 football.

Maybe the SBOE should adopt a similar model and establish BSU as the only FBS and then put UI as FCS and the then demote ISU to D-II. That would spread it out and then perhaps ISU could finally become competitive.

But the problem with UI going to FCS is that so many athletes would leave that UI should just give up athletics all together. I don't see anybody attending games in Moscow unless they are FBS. In the Big Sky days if there were 5,000 people in attendance the announced attendance would be 10,000.

The most recent gate ticketing procedures are much more accurate.

ugs

OMG...my feelings have been the Big East is a Big Mistake...I never publicly stated this fact since I was on the end of a few BBQ sticks.

You have weathered the storm and I have a feeling that as Big Blue football comes down to earth that we'll see a more realistic reality of what Idahoans should expect from their #1 football program. A few days ago I was thinking that Nebraska is so lucky they put every dollar behind the Corn Huskers.

I recently read where the Nebraska - Omaha football team had to finally disband because of the lack of interest. The article went ont say that NE no longer has FCS or D-2 football programs. The article did mention that NE has a couple of church schools with NAIA and D-3 football.

Maybe the SBOE should adopt a similar model and establish BSU as the only FBS and then put UI as FCS and the then demote ISU to D-II. That would spread it out and then perhaps ISU could finally become competitive.

But the problem with UI going to FCS is that so many athletes would leave that UI should just give up athletics all together. I don't see anybody attending games in Moscow unless they are FBS. In the Big Sky days if there were 5,000 people in attendance the announced attendance would be 10,000.

The most recent gate ticketing procedures are much more accurate.

the statesman

websit is mucked up...

We have a poster who is dumber than ugs...

...but blame it on the Statesman.

sif, a couple posts above you said you always supported the move to the Big East. Then you wrote, "OMG...my feelings have been the Big East is a Big Mistake...I never publicly stated this fact since I was on the end of a few BBQ sticks."

So you're a liar. Cool. Thanks for clearing it up some more.

You're no Bronco fan sif.

http://twitter.com/sportsisfun1960

Make sure to run this by fellow loser Nick Groff who gets so upset the Broncos win football games.

Shouldnt you vandals be worried about your own football program and the fact that Boise State will overtake idaho as THE university in this great state? You guys were warned...

JL....

No, I am not worried about Vandal football....it is in their hands, not mine....

Also, I am not worried about the University of Idaho....It is in their hands too....Thats what admins do for their 6 digit incomes....

I have my degrees and those days are long gone....I have my own bills and stuff to worry about....

Now back to Bronco Football!!!!

The Big East is a Big Mistake !!!!

Maybe it is, maybe it isnt

I dont know. I trust the leaders of the school, who have, up to this point, made some great decisions. There are those that want Boise State to fail. If Bob Kustra and others get under "those' skins, then hes doing a great job.

jl

I'm more convinced than ever that as a youth you were dropped on you head and decided to follow whatever annoyed you. Are you a stalker?

He isnt but I am

want to meet? I hear the oregon coast is lovely this time of year. we could hold hands looking at all the bird poop on the sharp jagged rocks and muddy water. Better than hawaii. ilove you.

You and FO. We could have one heck of a threesome!

YUCK...

now that post was disgusting...I hope you are proud of yourself for that masterpiece. Yucky!

Not proud, just happy

and a little bit horney.....

We should hook up. U on craigslist?

omg

so u hang out on craigslist? yuck! you are more creepy than JL.

omg?

you are probably young with that kind of language.
Thats good, I like me some young vandies.
You and I should make a video. You up for it? It is very very lucrative.

2 guys one cup?

Invite your friend kramer. Tweet him and get him involved. I would love me some kramer too.

I'm really starting to like you.

P2

You R really creepy...I'm wondering if Bronco Nation has become nasty and inebriated...how proud would that make Bronco Bob?

If you love as good as you post

We wont have to worry about bronco bob. Once you go vandal, you never go back. Or so I'm told.

When Can we meet?

sorry

i doubt we'll ever meet...yucky.

Have you ever tried it?

Why are you so judgmental and closed minded?

I'll bet we meet someday. Life has a strange way of working sometimes. I cant wait.

I love you.

Careful....

pride always comes before the fall. Just ask the Vandals. Boise State may become THE university in this great state, but Idaho was there and look what happened. BSU's success if very much linked to their football team and there are already some kinks in the armor showing and the possibility that the run of success may not continue to be as successful and especially the possibility that BSU may not continue to be an ESPN darling, which will harm their "national" appeal. Also, at some point they risk not being the "national" darlings because they will no longer be the "little" guy doing good. Not saying it will happen this year or soon, but just be careful. You've been warned.

Yawn

TMD, you're boring bro. I was hoping I never had to interact with you again. Alas, you stir the pot. A pathetic attempt for attention. Again trying to defend your vandals uh I mean Eastern Washington. Sure dude.

I think the Broncos are no longer darlings. I think they are big boy football, which is why fans are questioning everything from what the team eats during the week to what the coaches call during games. Now run along.

JLandon....

sadly, I have to admit you are right. My response was not a very good one. It was my pathetic attempt to get my life back to "normal". Anyway, I do apologize for the interruption and poor response. Please accept my best wishes for the future and I hope you all continue to enjoy the site. I'm out.

You used the exact same defense mechanism a year ago

Just stay on board. Your fellow vandals will come to your rescue.

Good job JL....You just chased off

another blogger....

TMD has the 'Post of the Year' and he did not say anything negative or wrong, but actually something that he could right on....

TMD....why apologize for a good opinion? Whether you are right or wrong is debateable and it is good to see those opinions....

Now you have let the Ram Club win again by them chastizing an opposite opinion....

You know the Broncos are good and you were just concerned about certain attitudes and possible arrogance....I agree....

Yup...

Nailed it, didnt I?

Ill always defend the Broncos against the likes of losers like you. If he wants to run, or pretend to run away, so be it.

JL....You dont defend anything

Bronco....You just chase off opposing opinions and enjoy it....

I have kept track of 'Chase offs' by bloggers to other potential bloggers for past 6 months....

Blogger id (Number of Chase-offs)
jl (57)
Husky fan (42)
b-stats (31)
potato fan (14)
ugly (9)
vndl (3)

This study has a margin of error of plus or minus 3-percent....

Im winning the chase off crowd?

YES!

That was lame ugs. Not even funny. Your mentor would slap you upside the head and call you &%#!@.

Keep everyone in line ugs

Im off to L Peak...

JL....

Just say something pro or con on Boise State from your side....say something pro or con from a blogger that opposes your opinion....Civility is all I ask....

Enjoy Lucky Peak....Bike riding?

It's okay...

thanks for the defense, but I kind of knew coming back probably wasn't a great idea. Shows that it's not always a good idea to listen to your counselor. She asked me to think back and list some of the things I enjoyed doing before things happened and believe it or not hanging out on this site and checking in on this site was on my list. So, I gave it a shot. Probably better things to be doing anyway, just not sure yet what those are. I can tell you, drinking is not one of them. I know that goes against many who post on this site, but the end road sucks. Anyway, there I go again. Rambling on about things that don't belong on this site. Anyway, thanks "ugly" for the good words. Now, I have to go find another counselor or maybe just do this on my own. Just wanted to say thanks. Sorry JLandon for coming back.