The 2009 season could be best described as "efficient" for Hedrick. The future Bronco was a leader on the field for the Panthers and could very well garner First Team All-State honors in just a few short weeks. "I didn't force it this year," he stated. "The game has really slowed down for me over the past couple years. I just wanted to focus on taking care of the ball."
Grant's focus on taking care of the ball led to an unbelievable TD-INT ratio. He threw for 2,500 yards, 34 TDs, and only 1 INT. That lone INT is one he still remembers. "It was in the first game of the year," he said. "It was tipped at the line of scrimmage and the LB caught it." Hedrick's focus on not forcing passes into coverage this past season led to a breakout year for him running the ball. "I had about 1,500 yards rushing and 18 TDs. The offense wasn't as powerful this year. I focused much more on ball control because I didn't want to give it back to the defense right away."
Hedrick (6'1, 183, 4.56) was Second Team All-State in 2008. The awards for 2009 have already started rolling in and it's possible that he'll garner First Team All-State honors at the end of December when the team is announced. "I was First Team QB All-League and Offensive Player of the Year," he said. "I was also Offensive Player of the Year for the All-Region team," he added.
Boise State Head Coach Chris Petersen made the trip to Independence, OR last Wednesday to have an in-home visit with his future QB. "He got there at about 1:30 at Central," Hedrick said. "Everyone was sort of freaking out that he was at the school. We watched the girl's basketball team practice and one of the girl's wanted to play us in horse. She beat both of us. We went to my dad's office after that and chatted for about half an hour. We went by my house after school and my mom visited with him for a little while."
Grant came away from the in-home visit feeling great about his commitment to Boise State. "It was pretty crazy," he stated. "Coach Pete is just so cool. He's a pretty laid back and down to earth guy. He was talking to all of the kids. It was pretty neat doing a one on one with him and we have a good bond."
The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner was announced on Saturday night and Boise State QB Kellen Moore found himself voted #7 on the list. Hedrick is looking forward to having the opportunity to learn from Moore. "It'll be a great opportunity for me to follow and learn from Kellen," he said. "He's done some great things there and I can't wait to learn from him and follow it up with a good career myself."
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