As excited as most Boise State football fans were when Brett Rypien committed to the Broncos, there was one alum who was doubly excited: Kellen Moore.
The record-shattering quarterback from 2008-11, Moore grew up in Prosser, Wash., watching Washington State games. Rypien, from Spokane, is the nephew of one of the Cougars’ most famous quarterbacks, Mark Rypien.
In his senior year at Shadle Park High, Brett Rypien surpassed some of Moore’s incredible numbers at Prosser, including a state-record 13,044 career passing yards, and tied Moore with a record eight touchdown passes in a game.
“I told coach (Bryan) Harsin he finally made a smart decision and got another quarterback from eastern Washington in there,” Moore said.
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Moore, now with the Dallas Cowboys, quickly built a bond with Rypien. About a month after Rypien arrived on campus in January 2015, Moore took him out to lunch.
“We talked about what he did to have so much success at a young age, what his thought process was, how he’d be a leader so quickly and what made their teams so good,” Rypien said. “I tried to take what I learned then and apply it to when I went in last year. He’s been great to me.”
The past two summers, Moore asked Rypien to be an instructor at his summer quarterback camp, the first before Rypien had yet to play a game for the Broncos.
“He was definitely the youngest instructor there. There were high school and college coaches out there; he was only about a year older than some of the guys he was teaching,” Moore said.
Moore’s famously studious ways rubbed off on Rypien, he said.
“We’ve had conversations about how he went about getting ready for a game, kind of seeing things before they happen,” Rypien said. “That’s been something I’ve really worked on this year, not just calling plays, but wanting to know why, seeing the big picture.”
Before and after games, Moore said he’ll often send a text to Rypien, either words of encouragement or compliments.
“I’m a huge Brett Rypien fan,’’ Moore said. “I love watching him play.’’
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Moore and Rypien: A comparison
A look at their first seasons as starters:
Moore (13 games; 12-1 as starter)
- 6-foot, 187 pounds
- 281-for-405 passing (69.4 percent)
- 3,486 yards
- 25 TDs, 10 INTs
- 157.1 passing efficiency
Rypien (11 games; 7-3 as starter)
- 6-foot-2, 199 pounds
- 273-for-429 passing (63.6 percent)
- 3,353 yards
- 20 TDs, 8 INTs
- 140.9 passing efficiency