At this time last year there was a great deal of discussion and debate on
Scout.com/BroncoCountry.com regarding who the starting quarterback would be for
the Broncos in 2008. Redshirt freshman Kellen Moore eventually earned the
starting position over senior Bush Hamdan.
Spectacular you say? Yes indeed! The numbers tell part of the story: Kellen finished 12th in the nation in passing efficiency with a completion percentage of 69.38% and an overall rating of 157.12. The next highest rated freshman QB was 27th. Kellen attempted 405 passes completing 281; as a comparison, former senior Bronco QB Jared Zabransky attempted only 288 passes during the Bronco's magical 2006 undefeated season.
Why the huge difference in pass attempts between 2006 and 2008 you ask? Well let's dig a little deeper into the numbers. During the 2008 season the Broncos rushing offense finished 54th in the nation and fourth in the Western Athletic Conference. By comparison, the 2006 rushing offense finished sixth in the nation and first in the WAC. The 2008 offensive line was one of the youngest and least experienced in the nation and had 11 different combinations of starting offensive line players out of 13 games played. The 2006 offensive line was comprised mainly of juniors and seniors, with super sophomore Ryan Clady leading the charge of one of the better offensive lines in the nation.
What the numbers don't tell is the character, maturity, football IQ, and dedication to excellence that Kellen Moore embodied during the 2008 season. As the son of a high school football coach Kellen immersed himself in the game of football at a young age and soaked up as much as he could from his father and other coaches prior to ever stepping foot on a football field as the Bronco's starting QB. A young life's worth of preparation is the only way that a freshman QB pulls off the kind of season that Kellen produced in 2008.
There is no debate this season about who will be starting for the Bronco's
on September 3rd when