Boise State Football: Broncos Will Be Fine Without QB Kellen Moore

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 23, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos holds up the trophy after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 56-24 in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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We learned a couple things about the Boise State Broncos after their 56-24 win against Arizona State in the Las Vegas MAACO Bowl.

First, the Broncos really got shafted; they deserved to be playing a much tougher opponent in a much bigger bowl game.

Next, we learned that this Boise State team is going to be just fine without Kellen Moore at quarterback.

Don't get me wrong, Moore is one of the greatest college quarterbacks the world has ever seen.

His record-breaking 50 wins is all the proof you need.

If he was two inches taller and weighed 30 more pounds, we would be talking about him in the same sentence as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in preparation for the NFL Draft.

Boise State is going to be fine without him.

Sure, they will need to get a good replacement if they want to continue to have the same amount of success, but they will be successful either way.

Outside of Boise, there aren't many fans who can name a player other than Moore who was on the Broncos roster this season, which is unfortunate because this is a talented football team.

Moore finished the game, completing 26 of his 34 passes for 293 yards.  He threw for two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Although the stat line looks OK, it's nothing that's going to blow you away.  There is nothing there that suggests the Broncos scored 56 points in the game.

But they did, and because this team is much deeper than Moore.

The Broncos will be saying goodbye to 17 seniors, including Moore and running back Doug Martin.

But if history is any indicator, this team doesn't rebuild, it reloads.

The Broncos have one of the most underrated coaches in the country—Chris Petersen.

Petersen's 73-6 record over the last six years should say it all, especially considering that Moore wasn't the quarterback for all six years of his coaching reign.

Even with his departure, it appears that this team will be fine.

Don't forget that this defense ranked 11th in the nation in points allowed.  All of the attention goes to the offense, but this defense was dominant all season.

Running back DJ Harper should return for his fifth season to take over as starter.  Freshman wide receiver Matt Miller had a fantastic year.

But most importantly, the quarterback position looks fine.

Backup quarterback Joe Southwick has looked great when called upon to take over under center. Dual threat quarterback Grant Hedrick could give him a run for the spot in the offseason.

The team also has Jimmy Laughrea waiting to take over in the future, and big name commit Nick Patti is likely headed to Boise.

It appears that the nationwide perception is that Boise State is going to sink without Moore at the helm.

But that just isn't the case.