Wednesday, May 11 at 7:23 AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
Now there’s time again to talk about this. Everybody around here is thinking about it. What kind of an NFL prospect is Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, really? I’d like to use Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers’ second round draft pick, as a case study. Moore and Kaepernick went head-to-head three times, and Moore won twice. And I would venture to say that Moore outplayed his Wolf Pack rival in the gut-wrenching loss in Reno last November—20-of-31 for 348 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for Kellen, 19-of-35 for 259 yards, one TD and one pick for Kap (who did rush for 45 yards). So how do you explain that? I think Kaepernick is a great competitor and an outstanding person. And he’s freakishly athletic. I just think Moore is a better quarterback.
In the area of size, well, who do you think has the advantage? Granted, that will be an issue for Moore in the NFL from a durability standpoint. Arm strength? Kaepernick has a stronger arm, but Moore has more accuracy with the long ball. Just ask Titus Young. There were very few misconnections between Kellen and Titus on deep routes last year. Moore took the post pattern overthrow to a wide-open Young on the first play of the 2010 Fiesta Bowl to heart—and the offseason work between the two paid off. I’m convinced Kellen can throw an NFL deep ball. Football smarts? C’mon. There’s no one in the country like Kellen Moore. I can’t imagine Moore lasting into the third round next year without an NFL coach saying, “Hey, he’s still there. We need that brain.”
The expectations are rather high for Kaepernick in the Bay Area, though. In the aftermath of the draft, Peter King of Sports Illustrated wrote, “Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick are going to get along very well together.” King said the new 49ers coach “wanted a baller out of his quarterback. He wanted a player who loves to practice, loves to learn, loves to play.” Trent Dilfer told King: “Kaepernick's a football junkie, and he'll be trained 24/7/365 by Jim Harbaugh to be an NFL quarterback. Every aspect of his life will be about being a quarterback. Perfect guy for Harbaugh” Another draft analyst said, “Harbaugh drafted himself.” Harbaugh traded up to get Kaepernick April 29. If that isn’t writing on the wall for Alex Smith, I don’t know what is.
ESPN.com’s “non-AQ” blogger Andrea Adelson profiles Fresno State this week, saying the Bulldogs are ready to go from good to great with quarterback Derek Carr at the helm. She says the reason it hasn’t happened yet is Fresno State’s tough schedule year in and year out, and…well…Boise State year in and year out. The Bulldogs have not been ranked since September, 2008, and have not had a 10-win season since 2001. But, coach Pat Hill says, “We’ve had some good runs. Now maybe we can make a magical run.” Of Carr, Hill says, “He’s able to do it all. He just needs to make sure that early, he doesn’t press the issue.” How early is October 7?
Adelson, by the way, rightfully points to the Broncos’ landmark win over the Bulldogs in Fresno in 2001 as a turning point for both programs. Normally I would never comment on a comment left under an ESPN.com column, but this one is too good to pass up. The handle is “Balster,” who writes: “I still blame Fresno State's lack of success on Kenny G. He played the National Anthem at the Boise St/Fresno St game in 2001. Coincidence, I think not.”
It is, as expected, crossroads time for Derek Schouman in the NFL. Reports out of St. Louis say the former Boise State tight end won’t be re-signed by the Rams, with whom he caught on last season following his release from Buffalo. Schouman had been plagued by knee injuries his final season and a half with the Bills. The Eagle High grad appeared in four games for the Rams at the end of last season but did not make a catch. Complicating matters is the fact St. Louis drafted Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks in the second round last month. That was one round ahead of Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis.
The 2001 WAC Track & Field Championships commenced yesterday with first-day competition in the decathlon and heptathlon at the University of Hawaii. With five of the ten decathlon events complete, Idaho’s Andrew Blaser has a commanding 256-point lead in the decathlon. Boise State’s Alexi Morton is in fourth place halfway through the heptathlon. The heart of the meet begins tomorrow.
This Day In Sports…May 11, 1977:
Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner, his team in the midst of a 16-game losing streak, assumes the role of manager. With Turner in the dugout, the Braves continued their losing ways, dropping a 2-1 decision to Pittsburgh. The next day, the National League ruled that no team stockholder can manage his own team, and Turner’s career as manager was over after one game.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)