Monday, August 29, 2011

Kellen Moore and Doug Martin: Overachievers?

It’s not often three star athletes holding offers from almost no major colleges become All-Americans and it’s even more uncommon when two from the same team do it. Such is the case with Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore and senior running back Doug Martin. Neither player needs an introduction as they tore apart college football last season leading Boise to a 12-1 season.

Moore, who will be a four year starter, has put up some very impressive numbers. In only three seasons he has thrown for nearly 11,000 yards, 99 Tds, with only 19 Ints, while completing 68.2 percent of his passes. As a prep player Moore only garnered three major scholarship offers and was ranked as the 31st  pro-style quarterback in the class of 2007. Undersized at 6 foot, possessing questionable arm strength, and an unorthodox delivery, Kellen doesn’t project well at the next level. Which begs the question, how has Moore done so much with so little?

Moore’s rise up the charts as an elite college passer can be attributed to a few certain undeniable characteristics, chief of which is ACCURACY, ACCURACY, and ACCURACY. Now I understand he plays in an offense predicated on short to intermediate passes, but a 71.3% completion percentage is hard to argue with. Even against air, that’s impressive. An above average, but not great athlete, Moore uses some nifty footwork to maneuver in the pocket and create time for passing lanes to open up. He does however tend to throw off his back foot a little too much. Moore is a heady quarterback though and possesses above average football IQ. He has a complete grasp and full command of the Boise offense and does a good job of  reading opposing defenses.

Doug Martin was a low ranking player as well coming out of high school. He was only a two star prospect and received no other major offers. His production has been remarkable to say the least. As a junior Martin rushed for 1,260 on 201 attempts, scoring 12 Tds. Doug also chipped in with 28 catches out of the backfield.

Martin is the total package; a wrecking ball of a back with good speed and vision. His size at 215 and powerful lower body along with above average balance allow him to run through arm tackles and punish smaller DBs. The more tape I watched on Martin, the more he began to remind me of Knowshon and we all know how good he was.

As we approach game day I tend to believe that this one will be won or lost along the defensive line. We’re gonna need our linemen to eat up blockers to free our linebackers and to push the pocket limiting Moore’s time. I just hope Moore and Martin play like the two and three star prospect they were, not the All-Americans they’ve become.

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