A tribute to former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is in the works for the Spring Game, which is April 11th at Albertsons Stadium (that’s 4/11, or possibly For 11).
Moore wore No. 11 during his career with the Broncos. He posted a 50-3 record from 2008 to 2011, the most wins for a quarterback in college football history, and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2010. He is the Detroit Lions’ third-string quarterback and still lives and trains in Boise in the offseason.
The Spring Game also is part of a football alumni weekend that was a big hit last year, coach Bryan Harsin’s first as the head coach. The former players attended practice the day before the annual scrimmage. The event is planned again this year.
There have been hints that something related to Moore was being planned for weeks. It was all but confirmed Tuesday when the school announced that fans ages 2 to 18 wearing No. 11 jerseys will get into the Spring Game for free. General-admission tickets are $10. The first 3,000 fans at the gate also receive a free copy of the 2014 season in review DVD. Gates open at 4 p.m., the scrimmage begins at 5 p.m. and parking is free.
Previous Moore-related hints mostly involved coach Bryan Harsin’s Twitter account.
More than two weeks ago, he tweeted about the Spring Game. He ended the tweet with “#11.”
A few days later, he tweeted about the Spring Game and said, “Looking forward to seeing you all April #11 for a special day.”
#BroncoNation April 11 Your Team will be back on the BLUE gearing up for the 2015 season...mark the date you won't want to miss it! #11— Coach Bryan Harsin (@bryanharsin) February 20, 2015
The Broncos also have juggled some jersey numbers. Wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes, who has worn No. 11 since Moore left, switched to No. 1 this spring. True freshman quarterback Brett Rypien posted a photo of his locker with No. 11 on it, but he was No. 4 when practice began. No current player is wearing No. 11.
Boise State has retired just one football number in school history – No. 12, for quarterback Jim McMillan, whose career ended in 1974.
Former Boise State coach Chris Petersen said in 2011 that he didn’t want to retire No. 11 because the Broncos needed all the numbers but he wanted to see it on a wall of honor. A full roster includes about 105 players and there are only 98 numbers available now.
“Retire it on the wall, then let somebody wear it,” Petersen said. “It’s hard to take numbers out when we have so many players. A lot of guys like 11.”
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The Detroit Free Press has details of Moore’s new two-year contract with the Lions, who paid him a nice bonus to keep him out of free agency. Moore received a $340,000 bonus, the only guaranteed income in his contract. The two-year deal is worth a total of $1.825 million with minimum base salaries for 2015 and 2016. Moore’s bonus was much larger than the one given to Dan Orlovsky, the team’s backup quarterback. Orlovsky received $140,000, according to the Free Press.