Boise St. Broncos head coach Chris Petersen is going to have a large hole to fill at quarterback with NCAA career wins holder Kellen Moore graduating and heading off to the NFL, but he was in a similar situation when Jared Zabransky finished out his eligibility and gave way to Moore. Might true freshman Nick Patti be the answer?
Patti joined five other recruits to enroll early and be placed on the 2012 spring roster, as the Boise State official site announced on Tuesday. Patti is undersized, according to standard quarterback measurements, at 5 feet 11 and 185 pounds, but he was an Elite 11 quarterback. Moore is already praising the youngster (via the Idaho Press), whom many think could be like Moore:
"Nick’s a very experienced kid, he has a great feel for the game," Moore said last week. "Those things showed up in drills, and his game film looks very similar. He’s very comfortable leading an offense."
Patti could wind up redshirting if he isn't in the competition to take over as the starting quarterback during spring practice or fall camp. Joe Southwick and Grant Hedrick appear to be the other two quarterbacks competing to take over for Moore.