The Joe Southwick era starts now, as coach Chris Petersen officially named the junior as the successor to Moore on Sunday.
"He's prepared really hard the last three or four years, and he's earned this opportunity," Petersen said, according to ESPN's Andrea Adelson.
Southwick was Moore's backup the last two seasons and seems more than fitting to replace him under center in a systematic offensive attack: He already has better size than his mentor at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds and proved his ability to make big-time throws during the spring game.
Southwick may not have the starter's experience, but he already has a veteran-like style of play. He's made 15 appearances since the beginning of the 2010 season, completing 40-of-54 passes (74.1 percent) for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
An overall impressive athlete on and off the field, Southwick just looks ready to take the reigns. It could even be said that he possesses a better skill set than Moore, having the ability to leave the pocket and scramble with his quick feet or make huge throws across his body.
If his performance throughout spring and fall practice is any indication of how he'll play during the regular season, then there will be a lot less drop-off with productivity than once thought.
"It feels great," Southwick said. "To finally be named a starter, it's a great privilege. There's been a great line of quarterbacks here for a long time. To be one of those guys next in line is a great privilege and a lot of responsibility."
No. 24 Boise State will go on the road to take on No. 13 Michigan State in the season opener this Friday.
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