Sometimes, a 50-3 record as a starting quarterback is all you need to know about who is behind center and what kind of player he is.
But if you are barely 6'0" and 197 pounds and your name is Kellen Moore, your entire body of work while at Boise State is placed under a microscope. Who is this passer with a pudgy frame and questionable mechanics? Was he a product of the Boise State system or does he have the moxy and know how to get the job done at the next level?
He isn't as polished as Drew Brees (no one really is) but he is close in stature to the Saints' great. While he looks like the second coming of Bobby Brady, he has a lot of drive and is a good leader, and helped put Boise State on the map.
His credentials are impressive: In the final game of 2008, Boise State lost to Texas Christian University (TCU) in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl. In 2009 Moore threw for a school record 39 touchdowns with only three interceptions to lead the Broncos to a 14–0 record, another WAC title, and an at-large bid to the Fiesta Bowl vs. undefeated No. 4 ranked TCU.
In his career in Idaho, Moore was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, the Maxwell Award, and the Manning Award.
But still, scouts and coaches have to wonder if he can play well at the next level. Here are some highlights that might be able to sway their decision.
Moore is able to stand in the pocket at his size, and fire the ball across the middle.
Even with his height limitations, he was able to take heat from opposing defenses and still get the play off. That kind of confidence makes him a winner, and winners are drafted in the NFL.
Not for Moore and the Broncos. The great thing about Boise State, like FSU in the early 1980s, is that they played against the best competition. Georgia was no slouch.
Moore proved he could play well against SEC competition and be successful.
I love this game because when a No. 3 and No. 10 school get together, something special happens. Frank Beamer and the Hokies are always a BCS contender.
Moore and the Broncos were just getting their feet wet then. This game was more about Moore being a leader and making the right plays on offense, and reading over a very good Virginia Tech defense.
Moore proved he was invaluable to the team even with a pooch punt.
The one thing about Moore is that his attitude is infectious. He isn't Tim Tebow, but he can read a defense and either hand the ball off to Doug Martin or find the open receiver in the flat.
Anytime you throw for 507 yards in a game, it is special.
Hawaii and Boise State are two high-powered offenses and Kellen Moore made it look easy. He took total command of the field, finding receivers all over the carpet.
You have to have skill and a better than decent arm to do that in a football game.