HONOLULU – Boise State quarterbacks Joe Southwick and Nick Patti have been suspended indefinitely and their status for Tuesday’s Hawaii Bowl remains uncertain.

Interim coach Bob Gregory told reporters Friday that, “right now they are suspended for the game,” but later backtracked slightly when asked about their status and said, “they are suspended right now, until further notice.”

Southwick and Patti did not participate in Boise State’s first practice in Hawaii on Friday morning. Junior Grant Hedrick, who has been the primary quarterback the past six games, is the only other quarterback that has played for the Broncos this season.

Gregory said the team was “just trying to gather up final information” on Southwick and Patti before making a final decision. Asked if the suspension stems from something that happened in Boise or Hawaii, Gregory said, “I’ll comment on all that stuff later.”

Southwick, a senior, started 20 consecutive games dating back to the start of last season before suffering a broken ankle on Oct. 19. He returned Nov. 30 to start on Senior Day and went 2-for-2 for 65 yards and a touchdown before being pulled after the first series.

Patti, a redshirt freshman, was a highly-touted recruit out of Orlando, Fla., but has yet to get any significant playing time. He opened the season as the third-string quarterback but moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart while Southwick was out.

Today’s practice is closed to the media and it’s unknown whether or not Southwick and Patti will participate.

“Right now Joe Southwick and Nick Patti are suspended and that’s all the details I can give you guys,” Gregory said. “When we know more, we’ll inform you guys.”

Gregory did confirm that both quarterbacks were still in Hawaii.

More in Saturday's Idaho Press-Tribune. 

B.J Rains covers Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press-Tribune. He also makes daily appearances on ESPN Boise.


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