Someday, Kyler Moore will hear stories about his dad’s iconic football career at Boise State.
On Saturday, the 8-month-old will be able to feel how much Kellen Moore meant to Bronco Nation.
Kyler, Moore’s wife Julie and Moore’s parents are expected to attend the pre-scrimmage tribute to the quarterback at the Spring Game. The tribute begins at 5:11 p.m. (on April 11), a nod to Moore’s No. 11 jersey.
Kyler has attended a couple of Detroit Lions games and a Boise State men’s basketball game but will be on center stage at Albertsons Stadium.
“He usually likes to look around and be shocked at everything,” Moore said. “He’s very observant.”
Kyler will see kids everywhere in No. 11 jerseys – that’s the key to free admission – and a program determined to celebrate the impact Moore had on the team and city.
Moore was the starting quarterback from 2008 to 2011, when the Broncos posted a 50-3 record, won three bowl games (including the 2010 Fiesta Bowl) and finished in the top 11 each year.
He was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2010 — the only finalist in school history — and holds the NCAA record for career victories. He threw for 14,667 yards (sixth-most in FBS history) and 142 touchdowns (second) while setting an FBS record for the lowest interception ratio in a season (2009). He holds school carer records for total offense, passing yards, pass attempts, completions, touchdown passes, 300-yard passing games and pass efficiency.
“He represents what we’re all about and really that’s what Saturday is all about is giving back to him,” said coach Bryan Harsin, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Moore’s redshirt year and first three years as the starter. “We’ll have some different things for him. It will be special. He’s not a guy who needs any of those things or wants any of those things, but he definitely deserves those things.”
Moore said he’s eager to reunite with some former teammates. Many former players will be in town for an alumni event Friday and the Spring Game.
“It’ll be fun,” Moore said. “It’s certainly a neat opportunity and cool to come back and be a part of it.”
Moore has spent the past three seasons as the third-string quarterback for the Lions in the NFL. He re-signed with the team for 2015.
He spends his free time in the offseason in Boise. He works out on campus and has performed throwing drills with Grant Hedrick, the Broncos’ most recent starting quarterback and a prospect for this year’s NFL Draft.
“We’re here when we can be,” Moore said.
When he reflects on his time as a Bronco, the people he met surface in his mind first.
“And then we were able on the football side to win some games and have some fun doing that,” he said.
All those wins led to speculation that Boise State would scrap its long-standing policy against retiring football numbers. That isn’t part of the tribute – at least officially.
“There’s no No. 11 rolling around at practice,” Harsin said, “and there won’t be for a long time.”