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Kellen Moore Overcame the Clichéd Height Concerns to Become a College Football Legend at Boise State

In less than a decade, Kellen Moore went from Boise State’s starting quarterback to calling plays for the Dallas Cowboys.

If that doesn’t sound like the plot for a Hollywood movie, we’ll go back to the drawing board. The Dallas Cowboys have always taken risks in Jerry Jones’ time as owner, but their grooming of Moore from backup quarterback to offensive coordinator ranks near the top. 

Moore had ignored the doubters for years, overcoming the cliched height concerns to become a college football legend — and, later, an NFL quarterback.

Kellen Moore starred at Boise State

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Kellen Moore may not have played at a Power 5 program, but that shouldn’t at all discount what he did at Boise State.

After redshirting in 2007, Moore spent the next four years shredding college defenses. Moore completed 69.8% of his passes for 14,667 yards, 142 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions in 53 games.

The gunslinger went 50-3 at the FBS level, which remains an all-time record.

Moore helped turn Boise State into a high-profile and dangerous mid-major team. He posted a top-8 finish in the Heisman Trophy voting every year from 2009-11, including a fourth-place ranking in 2010.

Moore dealt with the clichéd height concerns throughout his career

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Much like Drew Brees before him and Russell Wilson afterward, Kellen Moore dealt with constant questions about his height.

Moore stands an even 6 feet, which wasn’t tall enough for some evaluators. Moore stood 5 feet 11 inches as a sophomore in high school, but never had another real growth spurt.

His height played a large role in why Moore went undrafted in 2012. Detroit quickly scooped Moore up as a rookie free agent and partnered him with Matthew Stafford and backup Dan Orlovsky.

Moore didn’t throw a pass in three seasons with the Lions. However, Moore completed 58.7% of his passes for 779 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.

That represented Moore’s only in-game action. Moore spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons backing up Dak Prescott.

Kellen Moore is staying with the Cowboys

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Kellen Moore retired after the 2017 season and immediately became the Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach.

Dallas promoted Moore to offensive coordinator in 2019, and Jason Garrett named his former quarterback the play-caller. Moore retained that role for the 2020 season under Mike McCarthy.

As of now, that won’t change for the 2021 season. Moore elected to sign a contract extension with the Cowboys rather than replace Bryan Harsin as Boise State’s head football coach.

Harsin took the same position at Auburn in December.

In a team-issued press release, Moore explained why he is remaining with the Cowboys.

“We are building something special here in Dallas. I am thankful for the Jones family and Mike McCarthy for providing me with the opportunity to coach these special players. I am excited for us to put it all together and finish the job.”

Moore added that he will “always” root for Boise State.

“I hope to one day be a part of the program again,” Moore said.

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