Kellen Moore was born and raised in Prosser, Washington where he attended all 12 years of school and played quarterback at Prosser High School for his father and Head Football coach Tom Moore. To say that Kellen has grown up around football is a dramatic understatement considering that his grandfather was also a football coach and his father played quarterback in college before compiling a coaching record of 221 – 37 over 22 seasons. Tom started coaching Prosser High two seasons before Kellen was born and the now Boise State quarterback has been at football practice and watching football game films literally since he was born.
Kellen was not physically blessed with great size or speed, but what he lacked in his body, he had made up for with his intellect, hard work and cool demeanor in all situations on the field. As a high school senior Moore completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,269 yards and 67 TD’s with only 7 interceptions. Moore was named the Washington State Gatorade player of the year and was also name to just about every all league, all state and all American team imaginable. Moore set Washington State career passing records for most completions (787) and touchdown passes (173) however at barely 6 ft. and about 180 lbs. Moore was only lightly recruited by Boise State, Idaho and Eastern Washington. Boise State actually didn’t even have him on it’s radar until a defensive coach was looking at a recruit who was playing against Moore in a high school game and after seeing his performance convinced coach Petersen to take a closer look. The defensive coach even went so far as to offer Petersen one of his defensive player scholarships if he would bring Moore to the Broncos.
In 2007 Moore redshirted behind starting quarterback Taylor Tharp and backups Michael Coughlin and Bush Hamdan.
In 2008 Moore beat out Hamdan for the starting job and led the Broncos to an undefeated regular season and WAC championship by throwing 25 touchdown passes and 9 INT’s. Boise State played Texas Christian in the Poinsettia Bowl where they lost by 1 point in what turned out to be a 17-16 mostly defensive battle. Moore was voted to the Freshman All-American team by the Football Writers Association of America and Boise State’s Most Valuable Offensive Player by his teammates.
In 2009, Moore’s second season as the Bronco’s starting quarterback he led the team to another undefeated regular season at 13-0 by throwing for a school record 39 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions which gave the Broncos another WAC championship and an invitation to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and a rematch with TCU. Moore managed the Fiesta Bowl game flawlessly with no turnovers and lead the team to 78 yard touchdown drive in the 4th quarter to cap a 17-10 victory and the teams second BCS bowl win in 4 years. Moore finished the 2009 season as the highest rated passer in the FBS with a rating of 167.3. Moore had finished his first two seasons in college football without a regular season loss. Finishing 7th in Heisman voting, Moore was also named WAC offensive player of the year and First-team All-American by CBS Sportsline.
Moore began the 2010 season with an impressive performance in a Broncos win over eventual ACC champions Virginia Tech at Fed Ex field in Washington D.C. Moore led the team to a come from behind victory by throwing a touchdown pass to current NFL player Austin Pettis with 1:14 remaining in the game. Moore amassed 3,506 yards and tossed 33 TD’s and only 5 interceptions in 2010 enroute to a 4th place finish in Heisman voting becoming the first player in Boise State history to be invited to the trophy ceremony in NYC. Moore was also a 2010 finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, the Maxwell Award and the Manning Award. Much talk was made about Boise State competing in another BCS bowl game and possibly even the BCS championship game before that dream ended on two missed field goals in an overtime loss at Nevada towards the end of the season. Instead of another BCS bowl game, Moore led the Broncos to a dominating win over Utah in the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl.
On March 28, 2011 the Sporting News named Kellen Moore as the #1 player in their annual list of the top 25 players in the nation.
Moore enters his final season as a college quarterback with a 38-2 record and both of his losses coming by a combined
total of 4 points. Moore is selected by many to be in the running once again for the Heisman Trophy along with other favorites QB Andrew Luck of Stanford and RB LaMichael James of Oregon. Moore will open his season on the road against the Georgia Bulldogs in a virtual home game for the Bulldogs at the Atlanta Dome. Boise State has never won against a team from the SEC and the last time they played a Georgia team, then quarterback Jared Zabransky committed 6 turnovers on the way to a 48-13 thumping at the hands of Georgia.
He only needed 8 wins during the 2011 season to pass Colt McCoy for most wins by a quarterback in NCAA history. He threw his 100th touchdown pass against Georgia during the week one Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game where Kellen Moore demonstrated a surgical dismantling of the vaulted Georgia defense en route to a 35-21 victory. After the win, Moore was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, distributed only in the west.
With the Broncos defeat of Air Force on October 22, Kellen Moore tied former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy for the total career wins record with 45 wins. On November 5, the Broncos defeated UNLV and Moore broke the record to become the FBS leader in career wins for a starting quarterback at 46. A perfect season, however, was spoiled again by yet another missed fieldgoal and a 36–35 loss to TCU.
He was one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award along with Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson (won by Luck). For the second year in a row, he was named the Touchdown Club of Columbus Quarterback of the Year and it was announced that beginning in 2012 the award will be known as the Kellen Moore Award. He currently is first in the FBS in completion percentage. With the Broncos’ 56–24 win over Arizona State in the 2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, Moore became the first quarterback in FBS history to win 50 games in his career.
Ending his collegiate career with a 50-3 record will solidify his place among the best college quarterbacks of all time. Although Moore doesn’t look to be a highly rated NFL prospect due to his size, his coaching lineage is almost certain to carry on and you’ll likely see him as an offensive coordinator or head coach in the not to distant future.
Even though some projected Moore as a late round pick, he remained undrafted at the end of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Detroit Lions immediately signed Moore as a 3rd quarterback. Moore has yet to take a regular season NFL snap, but he has performed well in his pre-season appearances and has impressed the coaching staff enough to keep a third QB on the roster even though many doubted that new head coach Jim Caldwell would do so. Moore is currently listed third on the Detroit Lions depth chart behind Matthew Staford and Dan Orlovsky despite posting better numbers than both signal callers in this years pre-season games.
In his fourth year as an NFL quarterback, Moore was released by the Lions and immediately picked up by the Dallas Cowboys who placed Moore on the practice squad under the direction of his original offensive coordinator Scott Linnehan who coached Moore with the Lions. After a second injury to Tony Romo brought in Matt Cassel as the Dallas Quarterback, Moore was soon moved to the back up position and about half way through week 15 in a game against the New York Jets Moore took the field to replace the struggling Matt Cassel and take his first NFL regular season snap. Kellen’s first regular season minutes ended quickly when he threw an interception on his second play from scrimmage. Moore returned the following series and looked pretty good moving the ball, but ended the game with two more INT’s and a 16-19 loss to the Jets. Moore went 15 for 25 and racked up 158 yard as well as his first NFL touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. Moore was named the starter for the next game against the Buffalo Bills.