By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore has received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, he said Tuesday.
The combine is Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.
Moore is en route to Irvine, Calif., where he will train with the agency Athletes First. He'll work with former UC Davis and New York Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien.
Safety George Iloka also has received a combine invitation.
Moore likely will lead the nation in completion percentage this season.
Moore broke his own school record with a completion rate of 74.3 percent this season. He trailed Northwestern’s Dan Persa going into the bowl season. Persa was 25-of-37 in his bowl game to finish at 73.4. Nobody else appears to have a chance to catch Moore.
Moore also should finish second in touchdown passes (43, five behind Houston’s Case Keenum) and third in pass efficiency (175.19, behind Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, who both topped the previous single-season record). Moore passed Keenum during the bowl season, according to my math (the NCAA stats aren't updated yet).
Moore will finish in the top three in efficiency for the third straight year. He was second (just behind Tim Tebow) in 2009 and first (just ahead of Cam Newton) in 2010. He was 12th in 2008.
The NCAA stats won’t be final until after the National Championship Game, but here are a couple other Boise State highlights:
— The Broncos will finish No. 1 in sacks allowed (eight) for the second time in three years.
— The Broncos likely will finish fifth in scoring, at 44.2 points per game. They were second at 45.1 ppg in 2010 and first at 42.2 ppg in 2009.
— Tailback Doug Martin is 23rd in rushing at 99.9 yards per game. He needed one more yard to average 100.
— Mitch Burroughs is eighth in punt returns at 13.3 yards per return.
The Senior Bowl has selected six quarterbacks for its game, according to published reports. That’s how many quarterbacks were on the rosters last year.
Here’s how the QB rosters likely will look:
North: Kellen Moore (Boise State), Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), Russell Wilson (Wisconsin)
South: Nick Foles (Arizona), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State)
The Senior Bowl is Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. All six of last year’s quarterbacks were drafted.
Speaking of Cousins, his replacement apparently has already been identified. When the Spartans and Broncos meet Aug. 31 in East Lansing, Mich., in the 2012 season opener, both teams will be replacing the winningest quarterback in school history.
Here is a story on Michigan State’s situation.
Former Boise State defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox (2006-09) jumped from Tennessee to Washington over the holiday weekend. Details of his contract haven’t been released.
Wilcox could face Boise State on Sept. 7, 2013, when Washington opens refurbished Husky Stadium against the Broncos.
The latest coaching rumors have Penn State preparing to “take another shot” at Chris Petersen (Charley Casserly of CBS Sports, on Twitter) and Florida considering Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease for its OC opening (The Gainesville Sun, which didn’t cite a source).
Boise State linebacker Aaron Tevis will play in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game in his hometown of Tucson, the Arizona Daily Star reported. The coaches for the game are Houston Nutt and Pat Hill.
Boise State makes several appearances in USA Today’s photo gallery of colorful uniforms from the 2011 season.
ESPN.com has a feature on Eagle High quarterback Tanner Mangum, who is going on an LDS mission before joining BYU.
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he plans to sue the Bowl Championship Series by next month and Boise State’s recent snub will be part of his case, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Boise State wide receiver Chris Potter, who will be a senior this year, participated in a clinic Monday at the Sugar Bowl along with other members of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Don’t forget to check out Boise State quarterback commit Nick Patti at 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Here is the story I wrote on Patti for today’s paper.
Earlier today, I posted a breakdown of how former Boise State players fared in the NFL this year. Read it here.