The competition for Boise States starting quarterback position wont be settled for another month or more. But freshman Nick Patti is confident he is in a good position entering fall camp, which begins Aug. 4.
Everythings in step for me to do what I want to do and I just have to go out and perform the way I expect myself to, the way that Im capable of, and if that happens, everything will kick itself into place, Patti told the Bright House Sports Network in Orlando, Fla., in an interview.
Patti, like all Boise State quarterbacks, was not available for interviews this spring. Freshmen, too, have been off-limits to media. Bright House posted the interviews to its website this week.
The 5-foot-10 Patti, who enrolled early after graduating from Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, impressed during the Broncos public spring game. Patti completed 4-of-8 passes for 60 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown pass. He rushed four times for 15 yards.
It was really awesome. It was just something Ill look back on for a long time because I did so well in the game, so it made it that much better, Patti told Bright House about the spring game.
... It was kind of an exciting moment for me to go out there and make a splash and throw a touchdown. It was a pretty cool deal. I couldnt be more happy with the team that Im on. Its everything that I wanted from myself to grow personally, athletically.
Patti is competing with junior Joe Southwick, sophomore Grant Hedrick and freshman Jimmy Laughrea for the starting position.
Southwick got the majority of the playing time in the spring game, most of it with the No. 1 offense. He also led the Broncos offense on a last-minute scoring drive. Southwick was 14-for-19 for 145 yards and one touchdown in the game.
Patti, though, said he is in a good place.
If everything goes to plan, I think it will be a great year for me and the program, Patti said.
Things have slowed down for the quarterback since his early enrollment and cross-country move from Orlando to Boise.
It was a whirlwind to say the least. I was getting a lot thrown at me at one time between football and school and workouts and stuff like that, meeting new people and living on my own, he said.
Obviously for a young kid thats kind of tough. Now Im past that kind of stage that beginning stage, Im comfortable there. I have a lot of new great friends there. Now that Im comfortable and going, I love it. Its everything I want it to be.
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