Boise State senior quarterback Grant Hedrick won the Capital One Cup Impact Performance award for his showing Saturday at New Mexico.
You can watch the ESPN video here.
Hedrick received 41 percent of the vote. Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (471 passing yards, five touchdowns) received 23 percent, Texas defensive end Cedric Reed (12 tackles, three sacks, forced fumble) got 20 percent and TCU running back Aaron Green (171 rushing yards, touchdown) got 16 percent.
Here’s what I wrote Saturday night about Hedrick:
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Hedrick was 21-for-32 for 367 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. He also rushed 15 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
His 498 yards of total offense ranks fourth in school history. He had the second 100-yard rushing game of his career.
“I’m very proud of him for being able to accomplish that,” coach Bryan Harsin said. “I’m more proud of his toughness. In a critical game when you’re trying to push and push and you’re behind, most quarterbacks are going to throw an interception, they’re going to try to squeeze something in there, and he was very calculated. In the run game, I mean tough — absolutely tough. I thought he was nails tonight. Couldn’t ask for more from Grant, what he did with the offense. We put 60 points up on the board. That’s a good night. It shouldn’t be close as it is when you do stuff like that.”
Hedrick is one of four nominees for the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the week.
“He was awesome, he really was,” offensive coordinator Mike Sanford said. “I was just blown away by how dynamic he was tonight.”
Since Hedrick was benched Sept. 27 at Air Force, he has been on fire. He is 92-for-124 for 1,313 yards and 11 touchdowns with two interceptions. He also has rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns. He has a 189.19 rating in those games.
“He’s such an explosive player,” junior tailback Jay Ajayi said, “and just to see how his game has been elevating as our season is coming to its final stretch has just been great because he’s our leader on offense and for our leader to be playing lights out right now is just really comforting for the offense and our team and I really feed off of that as well.”
The Bronco Walk is at 5:40 p.m. this week, from the Student Union Building to the Bleymaier Football Center. Players will toss footballs to kids along the route.
Posted this last night, but in case you missed it:
Boise State senior middle linebacker Blake Renaud was held out of the second half against New Mexico because of injury, linebackers coach Andy Avalos said Wednesday.
“It had nothing to do with performance,” Avalos said. “He got banged up.”
Coach Bryan Harsin said after the game Saturday that Renaud was not injured and indicated his removal was a strategic adjustment made by the defensive coaches. Because of that, the Idaho Statesman reported incorrectly in the Tuesday newspaper that Renaud was benched.
Redshirt freshman Joe Martarano played well in Renaud’s place. Sophomore weak-side linebacker Ben Weaver also took some snaps in the middle.
“Joe definitely has taken a step,” Avalos said. “The experience he’s been able to get so far this season, he’s where we would have anticipated him being and wanted him to be coming into the season. We’re excited about his progress. We can’t wait to just keep improving and developing him even more.”
Renaud’s specific injury and status for Saturday’s game against San Diego State are unknown.
NOTES: Boise State has distributed more than 30,000 tickets for this week’s game. The Broncos are staging a blackout this week.
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