What do you get when you combine incredible talent, a soft touch and outstanding football intelligence? In this case, the starting quarterback at Boise State.
For a school that has produced QB's of the high caliber that Boise State has in recent years to consider naming a freshman as "the guy" speaks volumes about the ability of Kellen Moore. That is exactly what Bronco Head Coach Chris Petersen has done, announcing that Moore will be the starting quarterback this fall.
Senior Bush Hamdan dualed the youngster day-for-day beginning with spring ball. That Hamdan did not get the nod says more about Moore than it does about Bush. Hamdan is certainly a talent himself, showing the leadership needed to command the position. Nick Lomax, Mike Coughlin and Drew Hawkins give Boise State plenty of ability waiting in the wings. In fact, it could be argued that this group is one of the most talented in the nation. More on that in the BroncoCountry Fall Football Preview later in the week.
Moore was named Velocity/Prep Star All-American, Gatorade Washington Player of the Year, first team all-state, Division 2A Most Valuable Player of the year and all-league at Prosser High School. He set state career records for completions (787) and touchdown passes with 173. He demolished the single-season records for completions (317) and yards (4,600) as a junior and touchdown passes (67) as a senior.
Moore ended his fabulous high school years completing 787-of-1,195 passes (65.9%) for 11,367 yards and 173 touchdowns with just 34 interceptions. He led Prosser to a 12-1 record and a berth in the state semifinals in 2006 by hitting 287-of-399 passes (71.9%) for 4,269 yards and the 67 scoring strikes. Moore topped the 300-yard passing mark in 10 of those games. He tossed five or more touchdown passes in nine games, dishing out eight once, seven three times, six once and five four times.
Kellen hit 66.2 percent of his passes as a junior (317-479) for 4,600 yards and 66 touchdowns. In his sophomore year, he was 179-of-308 for 2,442 yard and 39 touchdowns.
Moore will count on a young offensive line coming of age in order to perform magic. He is, however, quite capable of being patient in the pocket and if the star-studded receivers get open, he will deliver the ball to them. Combine that with the most talented backfield in school history and the Broncos will likely cause problems for opposing defenses this fall.
Congratulations, Kellen, for getting the nod--we're all behind you!