He's the son of a very successful high school football coach, the starting quarterback for the number 7 ranked Boise State Broncos with the highest quarterback rating in college football, a Heisman candidate and a future football coach in the making.
Kellen Moore may not be the ideal physical specimenthat many think a successful quarterback needs to be but he just may be a player who has one of the highest 'football IQ's' to ever play college football. Moore stands 6 feet tall and weighs about 185. His 40 time is .... well, let's just say somewhere under 10 seconds (actually it has been reported to be about 4.8.) He's got a decent arm as demonstrated in a recent game by throwing a ball about 65 yards but it's his football mind that sets him apart. He picks apart defenses with his knowledge and the ability to recognize an opportunity. He just knows his craft and he continues to improve.
This is a young man who literally grew up learning the game. From as soon as he could walk, he's been around the football field. Although it's been reported that he does have a social life most of his time is spent studying game film. Not just Boise State game film or the film of the next opponents defensive coverages but also viewing game films of other college teams. To say he is a student of the game would be an understatement. He is often consulted by the Boise State coaching staff on what he thinks about a particular play and has been known to offer a few plays of his own for consideration. He is like having a coach on the field and he almost didn't make it to the blue turf in Bronco Stadium! Justin Wilcox, the outstanding young defensive coordinator at Boise State had to almost beg Chris Petersen to offer Moore a scholarship out of high school. Few other colleges came calling either but it was Wilcox strong belief that Kellen Moore could not only play in Boise State's system but could excel. Wilcox was right and I would imagine Coach Petersen is very pleased that he took the chance.
Moore wants to be a coach someday and I would be willing to bet that he'll do just that when his playing days are done. But before he takes that step into coaching he has a very bright future as the quarterback for the Boise State Broncos. Is he Heisman material? Coach Petersen has said that winning the Heisman might be a stretch for Moore as Boise State just doesn't get the recognition a player at Florida, Oklahoma, USC or any of the other so called 'elite' BCS schools. That might be true but let's consider that Moore has 2 more years after this year to continue to pile up the yardage and garner the respect and publicity that it takes to win the Heisman. I would love to see that happen as I personally feel that he is not only a great quarterback but he's the kind of guy you just can't help but admire and respect. It would be great for college football if it ever happens but I am also clearly aware of the obstacles a player at Boise State has in trying to win the trophy as the best player in college football. Next year he will be surrounded by experienced players as BSU only has 5 seniors on their entire roster but they also have a tougher schedule and it starts with a game back east against a very tough Virgina Tech team and in the following weeks they also play Oregon State which can be tough as well but I think looking at next year, when this year still has a lot of football to be played is just getting too far in front of ourselves. But it's fun to think about and if Moore continues to improve it's not hard to imagine that the Broncos will be tough until he plays his final game in 2011.
I was inspired to write this for one reason. I just love this guy. He's so fun to watch and because he is such a total 'football geek' you know he's loving playing as much as we love watching him. I wish this guy the very best because players like Kellen Moore just don't come around that often. Who knows but I'll bet we will be watching Moore pace the sidelines sometime in the next ten years as one of the bright young offensive coordinators in the game. Who knows, the guy might even be a head coach by then and I couldn't think of a guy I'd want to play for more than Kellen.