The prototypical college quarterback is somewhere around 6'4", 230 lbs., with a cannon for an arm that can throw the football 75 to 80 yards with breathtaking velocity and always a perfect tight spiral.
He can run the 40 in 4.4 to 4.6 and crushes defenders with the pure physical power of a Jared Allen.
Does that describe Boise State’s Kellen Moore? Hardly. Moore stands about six feet tall and weighs around 185. He has a fairly good arm, but it's not exactly a cannon. He runs the 40 in a little under a day, and if he tucks the ball and runs, defenders aren't exactly shaking in their cleats as he lumbers down the field towards them.
The only thing he has in common with Jared Allen is that he plays his college football in the state of Idaho, as Allen did during his days at Idaho State.
Moore is the No. 1-rated college football quarterback with a QB rating of 167.35, which for those of you who are keeping score is considered almost perfect. Kellen has thrown for 3,325 yards and is second in touchdown passes with 39 in 392 attempts with only three interceptions. Compare that to Houston's Case Keenum, who has thrown for 43 touchdowns in 659 attempts. These are clearly impressive statistics.
Moore played his high school football at Prosser High, a 2A school in south central Washington state. As a senior, he was named the state of Washington's Player of the Year after completing 72 percent of his passes for 4,269 yards while throwing an amazing 67 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.
With those kinds of statistics in high school, you would think that the college football recruiters would have been all over this kid, right? That wasn't the case. He was offered only a handful of scholarships from programs like Eastern Washington and Idaho. No Pac-10 schools would take him.
In fact, Chris Petersen, Boise State's head coach, had to be talked into offering Kellen a scholarship by one of his assistant coaches!
What makes Kellen Moore so good? Two words: football savvy. Kellen's father was the head coach at Prosser, so Kellen grew up a football "gym rat" and was watching game film from an early age.
He learned offenses and he learned defenses. He can read a defense as well as anyone who's ever played the game and can make key decisions quickly. He knows where his receivers are going to be on every play, what coverage the defenders are in, and how to beat that coverage. These are the things that take years to teach in football, and Moore has been an "A" student since his early childhood.
Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of Moore’s game is a million-dollar smile while he's playing the game. Clearly this guy is having fun!
Moore will receive a number of Heisman votes this year and end up in the top 10 in votes received, but come the 2010 season he will be on the Heisman watch list and will be one of the clear front runners for being named the most outstanding college football player. Not bad for a guy that few college programs recruited.
While having the physical characteristics of a prototypical college quarterback is fine and good, Moore has proven that perhaps the mental attributes are far more important. A football IQ that is off the charts is far more desirable than being a physical specimen.
On December 10th, Moore was named first team All-American by CBS Sports. AP named Moore the 3rd team All-American quarterback on December 15th behind Colt McCoy of Texas (1st team) and Tim Tebow of Florida (2nd team). Numerous other honors will no doubt be forthcoming for this remarkable young quarterback.
Kellen Moore is at the top of the class and will only improve (which is a bit scary) his junior and senior years at Boise State.