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Boise State QB Southwick Sent Home

by Christopher Smith
Dec 23, 2013 12:51 PM EST



Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick has been sent home for a violation of team rules, ending his Broncos career, interim coach Bob Gregory announced Friday.

The Idaho Statesman reported earlier in the day that Southwick and backup Nick Patti were suspended "until further notice," with Gregory telling the paper he still was gathering information.

The Broncos are in Honolulu ahead of Tuesday's Hawaii Bowl against Oregon State.

Southwick, who broke his right ankle Oct. 19, returned to throw two passes against New Mexico on Nov. 30. He completed more than 70 percent of his passes for a third season and finishes his Boise State career with 33 touchdowns against 13 interceptions.

The news coincided with a half-point shift in the Las Vegas Hilton line, which moved to Oregon State minus-3.5 on Saturday.

Patti's reinstatement ensures the team will have two quarterbacks dressed, but Grant Hendrick is expected to start. Hendrick, a junior, is 3-2 as a starter since Southwick's injury, completing 19-of-27 for 305 yards and five touchdowns against Colorado State in his best game.

Receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes is considered a game-time decision after ankle surgery, but spent Friday's practice in a boot, the Idaho Statesman reported.