By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The “Gruden’s QB Camp” episode featuring Kellen Moore is airing on ESPNU. Here are running highlights:
— Gruden on Boise State: “They’re as complicated and as diverse as any offense I’ve ever seen in college football.”
— Gruden put the word “anticipation” on his monitor. “This is the one word that I use to describe Kellen Moore,” he says. He asks Moore to explain what the word means to him. “From a quarterback, it goes back to building that base Monday through Friday,” Moore said. “When you understand your concepts, when you understand where guys are going to be and understand what you’re trying to adjust to the defense, you can anticipate routes and throw it before guys are breaking because you know the spot where they’re going to be.”
— Gruden marveled at some of Moore’s throws on anticipation. “Some of these throws are the damndest throws I’ve seen,” Gruden said. “It’s not a 103 mile an hour fastball, but the ball is placed perfectly with great anticipation. … It’s the kind of anticipation you have to have to play at the next level.”
— Gruden on Moore: “Kellen Moore’s like a football wizard. He has a great big-picture understanding of how football works.”
— Gruden reminded Moore of his three college losses and asked him to reflect. “We had opportunities in there,” Moore said. “You don’t sleep very well after losing those. You sleep maybe a couple hours if you’re lucky.”
— Gruden asked Moore about the lack of respect for the Broncos: “That’s the way we know our situation is. If we’re going to play a Georgia or a Virginia Tech, we better take advantage of the opportunity.”
— Gruden told Moore he was upset by the lack of a playoff. “I would have loved December madness,” Moore said.
— Gruden on the Broncos’ offense: “It’s a ton of formations. It’s a multitude of shifts. And the offense is exclusive to Boise State. I want to know how you have such a great command of so much stuff.”
— Gruden frequently talked about the Broncos’ variety of plays. “Our whole goal from an outside perspective is to make it look as confusing as possible,” Moore said. “And at the end of the day, it’s pretty simple for us.”
— Gruden had Moore name some of the Broncos’ shifts and explain their silent snap count. “You’re going to teach me some new shifts,” Gruden said.
— Gruden on the Broncos’ trick plays: “Who calls these plays at the 5-yard line?”
— Gruden also had Moore demonstrate how he uses his eyes to affect the safeties.
— Gruden asked Moore about the blue turf and made a point of writing down Gene Bleymaier’s name. “I’ve gotta call Gene,” he says. “I love this guy.”
— Gruden, again lamenting the system: “That’s cold. Why do they put the winningest quarterback in the history of the game in a bowl against a 6-6 team. I want to see you against Nick Saban. I want to see you play Stanford.” Moore says, “We understand in our situation if we don’t win ‘em all, we’re leaving something out there.”
— During the on-field workout, after Moore hits a deep ball, Gruden says, “I love this guy. Just completes passes, is all.”
— When it was time to break the huddle with the receivers at South Florida’s practice facility, Moore decided on, “1-2-3, Big East!”
— Gruden’s wrap-up: “Kellen Moore is going to have a great future in football. And if football doesn’t work out behind the center, he’s going to be one heck of a football coach. I wouldn’t want to play against his team.”
— As Gruden and Moore walked off the field, Gruden told him, “I wish I could spend about three days with you.”
The Moore episode also will air at 10 p.m. today, 8 a.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Monday on ESPNU.
He also will be featured on a 1-hour special that includes all 10 “QB Camp” quarterbacks at 5 p.m. April 19 on ESPN.