Fall Camp starts a week from tomorrow. That fact alone should take the edge off a Monday morning.
We've got 34 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #34 on the Boise State roster—.
, Senior, 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 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.
Played in all 13 Bronco games in 2012. Named to 2012 MWC All-Academic Team. Played in all 13 games in 2011—with 3 starts—had career high 247 yards receiving with one TD. 242 yards and 2 TDs in 2009. Redonkulous 2,126 receiving yards and 34 TDs as a senior at Prosser.
So, I was a bit off with last year's prediction that Kirby would have 500 yards receiving and the highest TD count of his career. In reality, he had 368 yards receiving (a career high), and just 1 receiving TD—still, his receiving yardage was second most on the team in a decidedly "down" year for the Bronco passing attack. Kirby, at this point in his career just isn't ever going to be our biggest scoring threat, despite the feats he accomplished during his prep career. I feel strongly that Kirby is probably our second best possession receiver at this point (behind junior Matt Miller), and I hope that the coaching staff continues to recognize his chain-moving abilities. Kirby's career YPC average is hovering right around 11—he's been remarkably consistent and a great role-player...just like another guy I remember with the same initials. Kirby will head into Fall Camp at the top of the slot receiver depth chart, and backed up by maybe his polar opposite, Shane Williams-Rhodes. Rhodes has gotten a lot of the buzz in the offseason because of his electric play-making ability, but first downs are first downs...Kirby isn't flashy, but he's got good size, great hands and even better instincts. SWR can take a screen pass and juke and jive his way to a 10 yard gain, but Kirby will reach up and grab a 10-yard gainer out of the air with a defender on his back. We need both kinds. I'm sad that after this year, there won't be a Moore on the team. We'll have amazing football minds and talents, but most of all leadership. I won't set any kind of stat bar for Kirby to meet this year—he'll get his yards—but I do think we'll see an even more driven Moore in 2013—with a determination to make his senior year his best.
Completely made up fact
As Kirby has royal blood flowing through his veins, it's customary to bow when he enters a room.