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Grant Hedrick bound for a breakout year

There is no experience quite like game experience. Being a backup quarterback is not easy, practicing every day, working with the scout teams and trying to earn your spot as the number one quarterback on your team.

It has been no different for Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick as he has worked his way from being third string quarterback behind Kellen Moore to second string behind Joe Southwick. Now, Hedrick finds himself in some familiar territory, being the number one option.

When Joe Southwick went down with a broken ankle against Nevada, it was the moment Hedrick had been preparing for the last couple of years. A shot at leading his team to victory. Nevada was not ready for the speedster from Independence, Oregon and frankly some Bronco fans were caught by surprise.

“I think he grew a lot last year, he did get thrown into the fire a little bit. And he improved even last season from the first game against Nevada to the bowl game. He continued that growth this offseason. A lot of time in the film room, a lot of time on the field just working on his craft…” said Boise State WR Matt Miller

Hedrick exploded against the Nevada defense, carving up the defense with his efficient passing (18-21, 150 yards), and his rushing attack (8 carries, 115 yards, 2 TD’s). From that moment on, most Bronco fans were set on the new QB taking the reins at Boise State.

Video via gweedozedo YouTube Channel 

Hedrick finished his junior campaign completing 69% of his throws and throwing 16TDs to 5 INT. With half of a season of being the number one quarterback under his belt. Harsin believes it was a blessing for not only Hedrick but the team.

“That has carried over in the spring, which has carried over into summer. That needs to show in the fall and the season. That experience of the little time he did get, that needs to show up in a big way…”

Hedrick has the weapons at wide receiver and running back to help ease the responsibilities come game time. The question is, will the offensive line perform and give Grant enough time to make decisions in the pocket?

With Hedrick being under Kellen Moore, he got a taste of what it takes to win at the highest level, the amount of film study, the amount of time you work on perfecting your game is critical to a team’s success. Hedrick has played in the Georgia Dome before, and showed great poise throughout the game running the read option.

We can expect Hedrick to be consistent and making a lot of plays with his legs. If a 16 touchdown to 5 interception ratio was good enough for you last season, I think you may see 22-25 touchdown season for his senior campaign.

Video via gweedozedo YouTube Channel 



About Drew Vachal

Drew Vachal
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