Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Every backup quarterback is just a play away from becoming the starter and Saturday it happened early for Central graduate Grant Hedrick. He has been used mostly in running packages for the Broncos this season (previously he had only attempted 36 passes) but when starting quarterback Joe Southwick went down with an injured right foot on the first play of the game, it was his team to lead. Hedrick didn't disappoint as the Broncos crushed the Nevada Wolfpack 34-17. Boise State went with the ground and pound offense with starting running back Jay Ajayi rushing for a career high 222 yards. He did everything you want your quarterback to do including completing 18 of 21 passes for 150 yards. Hedrick also tallied 115 on the ground and scored the final two touchdowns for the Broncos to seal the victory. The Broncos even trailed at halftime 17-7 before Ajayi and Hedrick put them back over the top. Brandon Wimberly was Hedrick's top target taking in 11 receptions for 121 of his 150 yards. Hedrick has completed 30 of his 37 passes this season with one touchdown and one interception. He also has 15 carries for 204 yards and four touchdowns. Southwick will likely be ready for the Oct. 25th matchup against BYU, but if not it appears Hedrick is ready.