On the offensive side of the football, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore rebounded a bit from a really rough outing the day before. Moore still struggled to put some velocity on the football, but this was a known issue. Moore seemed to get the football out early on Tuesday morning, unlike the day before.
This could have been just nerves that caused the bad day, or maybe it was the off the wall question by a NFL scout that improved his play.The Idaho Statesman's Chad Crippe is down in Mobile, Ala., to take in the Senior Bowl and Moore struggled to find timing with his new receivers. Crippe said that was the theme for most quarterbacks, but he did say Moore performed well in live competition:
He was 7-for-7 in 1-on-1 passing drills, including a pretty deep fade on his first throw. He stayed hot during 7-on-7 passing drills, hitting his first three throws to three different receivers. He was 4-of-6 in that session with one drop — the Vikings’ coaches were more upset than Moore, because it was a nice throw into a hole in the defense — and one incompletion on a deep ball. In the 11-on-11 session, Moore only got three snaps. He threw an incompletion (couldn’t tell for sure from my angle, but looked catchable) and was forced to throw the ball away after a shotgun snap at his feet. His third play was a run. "The practices go really fast," he said. "You get a few reps in there and before you know it they blow the horn." On the fumbled snaps: "It’s a combination (of center and quarterback). The bottom line is we’ve got to get them no matter what. We’ll continue to work through this."
Three reps is hard to judge how well a quarterback looked, but overall it looks like Moore has improved his game.
ESPN and Scout's Inc. went as far to say that Moore was the best quarterback at Wednesday's practice:
Boise State's Kellen Moore (5-foot-11¾ , 191 pounds) was the best of the bunch, despite his lack of ideal arm strength causing the ball to flutter at times in windy conditions. Moore was clearly comfortable with the offense and what he wanted to do, manipulating coverages with his eyes, working through his progressions and getting the ball out on time. And despite his somewhat weaker arm, Moore was more willing than his counterparts to attack the intermediate zones and beyond.
Judging from the latest comments Moore is a smart player since he is picking up the playbook, and that should not be a surprise since he was a four-year starter at Boise State. However, these playbooks for all-star games also are not likely to be too complex.