After initially being suspended from Friday's practice at the Hawaii Bowl, Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick has been sent home for violating unspecified team rules. Southwick being sent home ends his career at Boise State, and this has to be a tough way to end a career.
Southwick started the first seven games of the season in which he completed 151 of 208 passes for 1,654 yards and 12 touchdowns against just five interceptions before he broke his ankle against Nevada. He fought his way back to return for senior day against New Mexico where he went 2 of 2 for 65 yards and a touchdown.
The suspension assures the Grant Hedrick will be starting against Oregon State, and Nick Patti who also was suspended is back in the good graces of interim coach Bob Gregory will backup Hedrick. Patti likely will not see any action unless Hedrick gets injured, the game gets out of hand or just has a very, very bad game.
Had Patti also been sent home then Boise State might have had to burn the redshirt of walk-on freshman Richard Hoppe to back up Hedridk, or the possibility of using a wide receiver at the position to avoid burning a redshirt.