BOISE, Idaho - The college football season is still months away, but that has not stopped Sporting News from getting an early start on selecting the top 25 players to watch in 2011. And topping that list is Boise State University quarterback Kellen Moore.
Matt Hayes, a senior writer for Sporting News, selected Moore ahead of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Oregon running back LaMichael James. Moore finished fourth behind Luck and James in last year's Heisman Trophy Award voting, which was won by Cam Newton of Auburn. Luck is second in the Sporting News' preseason selections with James third.
In the article Hayes said, "He's a season away from becoming one of the game's all-time greats, from setting records that may never be reached and leading his team where no other non-BCS school has been."
The leader in pass efficiency last year with a 182.63 rating, Moore is 38-2 as a starter for the Broncos. He is just eight victories away from breaking the NCAA record for career wins by a quarterback (45 by Colt McCoy of Texas) and has a chance of breaking the NCAA career record for touchdowns passes held by Graham Harrell of Texas Tech at 134. Moore has 99.
Moore is currently on pace to break the NCAA record for the lowest percentage of passes intercepted in a career. The current record is 1.69% (34 of 2,010) held by Harrell of Texas Tech. Moore begins his senior season having thrown only 19 interceptions in 1,219 pass attempts for 1.55%. Moore set the single season NCAA record for lowest percentage of passes intercepted in 2009 when he was picked off only three times in 431 attempts for 0.70%.
Moore was a first-team All-American selection last year by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He completed 273 of 383 passes for 3,845 yards and 35 touchdowns in leading Boise State to a 12-1 record and a final national ranking of No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches' poll, and No. 9 by the Associated Press.
Also making the list from Boise State is defensive tackle Billy Winn. A senior and two-year starter, Winn was No. 15 on the list and the second highest ranked defensive tackle. Nebraska's Jared Crick was 10th.
Winn was a major force in the middle of Boise State's defensive line in 2010 making four quarterback sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He is a two-time second-team All-WAC selection and has made 99 career tackles.
The football team has completed three weeks of its spring drills and has this week off for spring break. The team resumes practice on Monday (April 4) and concludes its off-season practices on April 16 (Saturday) with the annual Spring Game beginning at 5:00 p.m. (MT).