I don't have to tell you that it is finally Game Week! The last of BroncoCountry's offensive previews takes a look at the five talented young men at quarterback.
History was made just last week when Boise State head
football coach Chris Petersen announced that lefthander Kellen Moore would be
the first Bronco freshman to ever begin the season as the starting
Moore and crafty senior Bush Hamdan competed for the job
along with junior Nick Lomax, sophomore Michael Coughlin and freshman walk-on
Drew Hawkins. Kellen was named the
starter, but I can tell you there are dozens and dozens of programs in the
country that would love to have a group of signal-callers as talented as those
Hamdan. Lomax. Coughlin.
Hawkins. Moore. Does anything come to mind when you think
about those five fine young men? The one
thing that sticks out to me is: football
blood. All five of these QB's have
bloodlines in their family that have helped them substantially as they have
risen to this stage. Bush Hamdan—his
brother is a quarterback with the Buffalo Bills in the National Football
League. Having a brother as a current
NFL quarterback is a pretty good sounding board. Nick Lomax—his father was a record-breaking
quarterback himself in college and played in the NFL as well. The elder Lomax ranks 11th
all-time for his 4,614 passing yards for the Cardinals in 1984. Coughlin—his great grandfather was the West's
first All-American football player (he played end on California's
wonder teams from 1920-22.) Hawkins—his
dad of course was second only to Lyle Smith as the most successful football
coach in the history of Boise State. Moore—another
talented bomb-thrower that was raised by a football coach who presided over his
high school career.
Five outstanding college football quarterbacks with an
amazing football intelligence. Let's
look at each of them.
brings that great understanding of the game with him into the huddle. Many thought that former Bronco great Ryan Dinwiddie was essentially a "coach on the field" because of his intrinsic
knowledge of the complicated Bronco offense and his ability to read
defenses. These are the attributes that Moore
begins with as a freshman. He is
comfortable in the pocket with both the patience to wait for an open receiver
and the ability to deliver a quick strike once they are. He threw for 11,367 yards in high school and
will give the Broncos the ability to score from any place on the field.
Bush Hamdan—Hamdan, though he didn't get the starting nod,
is as important to the team as Moore
is. The success of a team depends on
leadership, team cohesiveness, and everybody knowing their role and stepping
up. In some ways, the responsibility
that Hamdan has is more than if he were starting. Not only is he looked upon to carry himself
with class, but he needs to both assist Kellen in his preparation and maturity
as well as be ready at a moment's notice if he needs to go in. Knowing what I know about the young man, he
will handle his role with dignity; he is a great individual. He very well could join his brother in the
pro ranks depending on what happens this season. Hamdan is indeed a great leader, knows the
Bronco offense well and makes good on-the-field decisions.
Nick Lomax—Nick has come far in the program and is quite
capable of leading the Broncos if called on.
With his football intelligence, he too will be counted on to assist
Moore and the coaches. Lomax has great
NFL size and a good arm but just needs to work on consistency and increasing
his knowledge of the Bronco system.
Michael Coughlin—Michael too could step in at any time and
the Broncos would be fine. He throws a
good ball and is unbothered by pressure.
My feeling is that he just needs to relax and let the game come to him
but his football talent is unquestioned.
Drew Hawkins—this kid came in and really competed for the
job as a freshman walk-on. Obviously, he
too has the football knowledge and leadership abilities. There was some talk early that he might play
on the defense so we'll see what develops there. In any case, he's a talent that the Broncos need
to find a place for.
So we have begun the countdown during Game Week for Idaho
State. Bronco fans are extremely blessed to witness
such amazing talent at every position.
But more than that, these student-athletes are high-quality young
men. Nowhere is that more evident than
at the quarterback position. They all
come from great families and their tremendous upbringing shows in the way they
conduct themselves. I for one am proud
that they are all here. They all bring
their own talents and it's a thrill to watch them develop. There is no question in my mind that they
will all be leaders in whatever field they are in after they leave Boise
We all know that offense gets fans and defenses win
championships. There is no more
high-powered, high-excitement offense in the country in the 21st
century than Boise State
so by extension; they should continue to attract fans from all across America
with their thrilling brand of football.
We have presented a brief forecast of each of the positions on
offense. Beginning tomorrow, we'll look
at the other side of the ball, and see if the Broncos can in fact Take Back the