LAS VEGAS -- Joe Southwick, quarterback of Mountain West power Boise State, remains very proud and boastful of his Danville roots.
The 2009 graduate of San Ramon Valley High is quick to point out that the Wolves have produced six college quarterbacks in the past 10 years, a run that started with Sam Keller.
"It doesn't get much better than that," Southwick said at the Mountain West media day. "Six quarterbacks that all went on to play college football. And I hate to mention them, but the other school cross across town, Monte Vista, they've had a great run too."
Keller, a 2003 graduate, went on to play at Arizona State and Nebraska. He was eventually followed at San Ramon Valley by Corbin Louks in 2007 (Utah), Southwick, Chris Comes in 2010 (North Dakota), Zack Kline in 2012 (Cal) and Cameron Birse in 2013 (Arkansas State).
In the same time frame, Monte Vista has produced Kyle Wright (Miami), Drew McAllister (USC, played safety), Brett Nottingham (Stanford/Columbia) and Jeff Lockie (Oregon).
"It's just so cool thinking back to my high school days and that lineage and how we were able to throw the ball around and have successful quarterbacks," Southwick said. "I'm just proud to be a part of it."
Southwick was the Bay Area News Group's East Bay Offensive Player of the Year after his senior season with the Wolves in 2008.
He took over as Boise State's starter last season and guided them to an 11-2 record and Mountain West co-championship. In a conference heavy on quarterbacks, such as Fresno State's Derek Carr, San Jose State's David Fales, Utah State's Chuckie Keeton and Nevada's Cody Fajardo, Southwick is excited about the competition.
"This is just great for the conference," Southwick said. "There's a lot of legit quarterbacks in this conference. I think it's going to make for some great games, probably a lot of points being scored. I think it's going to be exciting. It's going to be a challenge for each team having to face a good quarterback."
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