Considered a “late bloomer” by more than one Internet scouting service, quarterback Jimmy Laughrea caught the eye of Boise State coach Chris Petersen.
The former UC Davis assistant and ex-Aggie QB said the Rocklin rocket had “a cannon of an arm” and embraced him among the Broncos in 2012.
But Laughrea (pronounced LOCK-ray) entered a full house in Idaho. Other quarterbacks Joe Southwick, Grant Hedrick and Nick Patti were already on board. Laughrea transferred earlier this year to UCD to be closer to home and to get a chance to play.
Now all of Aggie Nation has turned their eyes to No. 11 — and after a workmanlike performance in Saturday’s 36-7 loss at Nevada, there seem to be good things in store for local fans.
Aggie head coach Ron Gould liked Laughrea’s 13-of-27 performance. The 178 passing yards were a vast improvement over UCD’s 10-7 loss at South Dakota, a loss in which Laughrea and longtime starter Randy Wright combined for only 110 yards.
Laughrea is a 2010 graduate of Rocklin High. In his three-year prep career, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound QB threw for 7,684 yards and 56 touchdowns. As a junior, his Rocklin squad went 14-1 and won a California title.
Laughrea also considered San Jose State, Washington State, Wyoming and Utah before heading to Boise State. Now, after leaving the Broncos, why UCD?
“It’s really close to home, my mom got her Ph.D. from Davis … and I’m just glad to be here,” said Laughrea, adding: “It’s great to be back out (on the field). I can’t complain about playing the game I love.”
Gould told the press that starting Laughrea was a “game-time” decision, but he told The Enterprise after Thursday’s practice that Laughrea was “solid … making all the throws.”
Gould confirmed that Laughrea has earned another start on Saturday (a 6 p.m. home game against Northern Arizona).
Notes: Against South Dakota, Laughrea was 6-of-10 for 50 yards. He had a TD called back and rushed for 35 yards on six carries, including a 21-yarder to pick up a first down on third down. … Laughrea said he had no first-game jitters. “I felt pretty good … it’s just another game. It’s a big transition from high school to college, but not much else is different (on the field). We’ll get there eventually.” Laughrea said he chose UCD because he wanted to “be part of something new as far as bringing up another program. It’s a new mind-set, so I want to be a part of something great. All the coaches, it just felt like a great decision for me coming up here.”
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8047.