Boise State QB Joe Southwick will play, likely to start against New Mexico

Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE

Senior quarterback Joe Southwick is expected to get the start against New Mexico on Saturday night.

Boise State will more than likely be getting senior quarterback Joe Southwick back in the lineup when the Broncos close out the season on Saturday night against New Mexico. Southwick will not only play but head coach Chris Petersen said on Monday that he likely will be starting.

Southwick has been out of the lineup since Oct. 19 which is when he suffered a broken ankle against Nevada, and Grant Hedrick has been under center in his absence. Last Monday, Southwick was practicing with the team and was considered an "emergency, emergency" option against San Diego State.

"I expect for him to play, and that's all I know," Petersen told the media Monday afternoon. "We'll kind of see. ... This week in practice will tell us a lot. We don't want to put a guy out there ... who can't defend himself."

One has to wonder if Hedrick's slow start against San Diego State had anything to do with announcing Southwick to be in the lineup on Saturday.

This week's or practice will determine how much playing time Southwick will get on Saturday night.

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