Corral Converations: Joe Southwick

San Ramon Valley HS QB Joe Southwick (Danville, CA) signed an LOI with Boise State in Feb. of 2009 and his report date for summer conditioning is inching closer. When is his report date? How is he preparing himself in terms of workouts? He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his report date, his offseason workouts, and his future as a Bronco.

San Ramon Valley HS QB Joe Southwick (Danville, CA) signed an LOI with Boise State in Feb. of 2009 and his report date for summer conditioning is inching closer. I'll be coming up on June 22nd," he said. "I'm thrilled and I'm really excited to join the team and start working out," he added.

The Bronco playbook is starting to become more and more familiar for Southwick. "It's coming together," he said. "It's just a lot to take in at first. They are all concepts you need to piece together."

The future Bronco QB has been working hard as he prepares for summer conditioning. "I've been working everything from under center since the end of the season," he said. "Just getting into a rhythm. I'm working out four days a week. I maxed today at 265 on the bench. I've just been working hard." In contrast, Southwick benched between 230-235 at the end of the 2008 season.

Joe recently had a conversation with Chris Petersen. "I talked to Coach Pete last week," he said. "We were just finalizing a few things about where I'll stay and stuff before dorms. I was just getting my schedule for the summer."

Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin and the Bronco coaching staff have been busy with the May evaluation period. "Coach Harsin has been busy with recruiting and stuff," Southwick said. "I've been talking to Coach Harsin in and out. Just keeping in contact with him."

Some preseason polls have the Broncos in the top ten and that hasn't gone unnoticed by Southwick. "It just means I made the right decision," he said. "Good for the program. It's a great place to be and I'm excited. I think the future looks bright."

The new uniforms appear to be a big hit with the 2009 signees. "The new uniforms are sweet," he said. "I like them. I think the gray looks pretty sharp," he added.

Recently, Boise State has shown interest in QB Brett Nottingham. Oddly enough, Southwick and Nottingham battled on the gridiron this past season in one of the most heated rivalries in the state of California. "First off, I believe Brett brings a great knowledge of the game," he said. "He has really moved along well. He has great size and that helps him see things a bit better. He also has great mechanics and he'll tear it up next season. He can make any throw."

Southwick (6'2, 190) and his teammates at San Ramon Valley made plenty of amazing memories over the past few years. What stood out most? "My junior year against Cardinal-Newman in the Oakland Coliseum," he said. "We were down big at the half and came back to beat them by ten. Beating Monte Vista twice this past season was great too. We beat them pretty bad. That was sweet," Southwick added.

So, what can Bronco fans expect to see from Joe Southwick? "I have a competitive attitude," he said. "I'm going to get it done any way I can. I kind of look to (Brett) Favre as my favorite NFL QB. He just gets it done and with a high level of energy."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Joe Southwick as he prepares for his arrival in Boise later this summer.

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