Talented and Experienced Generals

When Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin looks at his quarterbacks, he sees one common thememe: They are all ultra-talented leaders and they are all first-class people. The Bronco position preview continues with a look at these fine four young men.

Similar to last year, there is no mystery who will be the starting quarterback when the Broncos open their 2010 football season against Virginia Tech on September 6 at FedEx Stadium.  Kellen Moore will be first on the depth chart, as he has been for the last two seasons since starting for the Broncos as a redshirt freshman in 2008.   The QB's that make up the rest of the dynamic tandem of signal-callers for the Broncos include Mike Coughlin, Joe Southwick, Mikey Tamburo, and Grant Hedrick.


Kellen Moore - # 11         Year / Junior

Height / 6-0  Weight / 187

Prosser HS

Hometown – Prosser , WA

Kellen led the Broncos to a perfect 14-0 season and another WAC Conference Championship in 2009.  Moore and the Broncos capped an undefeated 13-0 regular season with a win over previously undefeated TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl.  Moore 's stats match his impressive 2009 campaign: 3,536 passing yards, second in the nation in passing efficiency with a 161.65 rating, and a ridiculous 39/3 TD- INT ratio.  Kellen finished seventh in the voting for the 2009 Heisman Trophy.  In his two years as the starting QB at Boise State he has a 26-1 record and two undefeated regular seasons. 

Strengths – Kellen has completed 69.38 and 64.27 percent of his passes respectively in his two years at Boise State .  In the pocket, he has a sense of where the pressure is coming from and does a great job of eluding that pressure while maintaining his vision downfield. Moore 's addiction and passion for anything related to football results in game preparation that is second to none.  Since his freshman year he has steadily become more of a leader for the Broncos and has also become a mentor for some of the younger players.  Kellen's easy-going personality off the field belies his toughness and drive to win on the field.  He protects the football better than any other QB in the country and continues to look for ways to improve.


Mike Coughlin - # 7           Year / Senior

Height / 6-5  Weight / 218

Mira Mesa HS

Hometown – San Diego , CA

In 2009 Mike played in 8 games while completing 12 of 19 pass attempts for a 63.2 completion percentage.  Mike and Kellen were the only QB's to see playing time during the 2009 season.   Mike has played in 17 games during his career with the Broncos and has been dependable when on the field.  

Strengths – Mike has a strong arm and good accuracy.  At 6'-5" he has a good field of vision which helps him find receivers and throw over the top of defenses.  Mike can also keep the football and pick up yards on the ground.  Having been redshirted during his freshman year, Mike has been in the Bronco system for four years.  He has an extensive understanding of the Boise State offense and can be called on to execute any play in the playbook.  


Joe Southwick - #15               Year / Freshman (Red-shirted in 2009)

Height / 6-1  Weight / 195

San Ramon Valley HS

Hometown - Danville , CA

Joe suited up and traveled with the football team in 2009 as the third QB on the depth chart but did not see any playing time. He also played on the scout team where he earned Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year for 2009.  He had a solid 2010 spring camp and looks to build on that performance when fall practices begin. 

Strengths – Joe can pick up yards with his arm and his legs.  He has demonstrated that he has put in the necessary study time to learn the Bronco offensive system.  When plays break down, Joe can make things happen to gain positive yards and is dangerous in the open field.


Mikey Tamburo - #9               Year / Freshman (Red-shirted in 2009)

Height / 5-11  Weight / 188

North Gwinnett HS

Hometown - Suwanee , GA

A torn ACL ended Mikey Tamburo's 2009 season before it got started.  Mikey showed glimpses during 2009 fall practices of why the coaching staff was excited by his commitment to the Broncos. 

Strengths - Mikey is fleet-of-foot and elusive in the pocket.  The southpaw can use his mobility to find open lanes or throw on the move and does a good job of distributing the ball to his receivers. 


Grant Hedrick – number not assigned        Year/Freshman

Height / 6-1    Weight / 185

Central HS

Hometown – Independence , OR

Grant was named Oregon High School State Player of the Year for 2009.  Grant threw for more than 2,500 yards and 34 TD's in his senior year at Central HS.  He also ran for more than 1,500 yards and 17 TD's.  He completed 65 % of his passes while only throwing 1 INT during the season. 

Coughlin and Southwick had solid spring practices and will be battling for the second-string QB position.  At this time, Coughlin is the frontrunner to backup Moore , but both he and Southwick will see playing time in 2010.  Tamburo is coming back from an ACL injury that kept him off the field in 2009 and will be playing catch-up to Southwick, who had a great year on the scout team last season. Tamburo could possibly get an additional medical redshirt year due to his injury.  Hedrick is expected to red-shirt this year and play on the scout team.  Overall, the QB position will be in good hands this season.  Go Broncos!!


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