34 days really isn't that long if you really think about it. Trust me...I've really been thinking about it.
We've got 34 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #34 on the Boise State roster— Kirby Moore.
#34, Kirby Moore, Sophomore, WR
High School: Prosser HS (Washington)
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Well, his older brother Kellen likely helped a tad with his recruitment, but Kirby hauled in plenty of scholarship offers on his own merit—no player in the high school football history has caught more touchdown passes than Kirby Moore. Let that sink in for a minute. Kirby Moore's 95 TD passes at Prosser High School is fully 12 more than the previous record (set by Abram Booty from 1993 to 1996). Kirby hauled in 32 of his TDs from brother Kellen, but eclipsed that mark in his senior year alone. Kirby held scholarship offers from Stanford, Washington, and Washington State heading into his senior year as a Mustang, but the 2008 announcement that Kellen would become the starting quarterback at Boise State sealed the deal for Kirby.
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242 yards and 2 TDs in 2009. Redonkulous 2,126 receiving yards and 34 TDs as a senior at Prosser.
Continued foot problems hampering practice time, game time, and precious brotherly bonding.
The really disappointing thing about Kirby being forced to use his redshirt last year after playing in '09 as a true frosh, is the fact that he now only gets 2 seasons to catch passes from Kellen. After taking a look at Kirby's prep career at Prosser, and given the career arc of "big" brother Kellen, it's safe to say that the possibilities for him are endless. He could end up one of the most productive receivers to ever don the orange and blue...but honestly, I'd settle for him just being a solid possession receiver that comes up big in big moments.
So far, Kirby is on the right track. His true freshman season saw him step on the field and play sparingly, but when Austin Pettis went down with an injury in the 2009 Nevada game, it was Kirby who came up big with a lead-securing TD grab with the game on the line. That's exactly how I envision Kirby playing out 2011...somewhat lost in the shuffle, with the so-called "big play" receivers getting most of the wheel routes and Kellen double-rainbow bombs...but coming up with clutch first downs and hauling in corner fades for TDs. Kirby's game really is closer to Austin Pettis' than anyone else on the roster, in my opinion—not blazing speed, but soft hands and an ability to get open when he needs to. Kirby's behind Chris Potter on the tentative depth chart, but I'd be surprised if they didn't at least get equal time this year, and when all is said and done, I think Kirby will have added about 400 receiving yards to his statline and at least 5 TDs. Interestingly, just like in high school, I think Kirby's most productive years will be after his big brothers departure.
Completely made up fact
Kirby's receiving prowess can be largely attributed to the six fingers he has on his right hand. Also, he might or might not have killed Inigo Montoya's father.
"Prepare to die."