Many people will agree Bart Hendricks was the beginning of the meteoric rise of Boise State football. Some would probably say the foundation for what has transpired over the last 15 years or so was laid even before Bart Hendricks took his first snap in 1997. With that said, let’s take a look at the numbers and accomplishments.
Hendricks led the Broncos from 1997 to 2000. Over the course of those four years, Hendricks threw for 9,030 yards, 78 touchdowns, 34 interceptions, 56.9 completion percentage, and a career quarterback rating of 139.9. He also posted more than a 1,000 career rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. All solid numbers but it was Hendricks performance in maybe the biggest bowl game prior to a certain Fiesta Bowl that highlighted his career.
The first two years of Hendricks career resulted in only ten wins but in 1999, that changed. The team won ten games in 1999 and only three losses. The season culminated in The Humanitarian Bowl against the University of Louisville Cardinals. Hendricks completed 20 of 39 pass attempts with one touchdown pass and another with his legs. The final score was a 34 -31 win for the Broncos. The Broncos moved up to Division 1-A three years prior to this game and it was the Broncos first bowl victory since arriving at the 1-A level.
The following year, 2000, Bart Hendricks, then a senior, would turn in his best season. He threw for 3,364 yards, 35 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He would finish the season with a quarterback rating of 170.6, all career bests for the quarterback. He led the country in touchdowns and passer rating as well. The team would finish with a 10 – 2 record, conference title, and another Humanitarian win. This time against Texas-El Paso, 38 – 23, in which Bart was named the game’s MVP.
Bart Hendricks would complete his career with two division 1-A bowl wins, first two for the program, two conference titles, and 30 career wins. His two ten win seasons would start what is now a streak of 15 consecutive seasons of no less than eight wins, multiple conference championships, and bowl victories. Bart Hendricks put Boise State on the college map with a big win against Louisville in the 1999 Humanitarian Bowl. He would be the start of outstanding quarterback play, which Boise State has become known for.
Hendricks would sign with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent after his senior year. He also played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of the now defunct World Football League in 2002 and also with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League from 2002 – 2004. His most recent playing time included a stint in Arena football with the Boise Burn in 2007. He was inducted into the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 as well.
Stay tuned for my next article when we will profile the next quarterback in our list, Ryan Dinwiddie.
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