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POY Alumni: Kellen Moore winningest ever

11/7/2011
The 2006-07 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year, Kellen Moore throws a touchdown pass during his Football Bowl Subdivision record 46th victory. AP

A half-decade ago, no one outside of remote south-central Washington State knew who Kellen Moore was. Except, that is, the Gatorade Player of the Year Award program, which named Moore the State Football Player of the Year in 2006-07.

That fall, the 6-foot-0, 191-pound signal caller was not rated in the ESPNU Top 150 as a high school senior. Only Boise State offered him a chance to win a starting job.

Now, the fifth-year collegiate senior owns the record for most wins by a starting quarterback in Football Bowl Subdivision history. His 219 yards and five touchdowns passing helped lift the Broncos to a win over UNLV, Moore's 46th as quarterback. The mark eclipses the previous record of 45 set by current Cleveland Browns and former Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy.

Eight games into his final season, Moore has thrown for 13,096 yards and 128 TDs against just 24 interceptions. As a prep senior at Prosser, Moore broke his own single-season state record by firing 67 touchdown passes against just five interceptions while amassing 4,157 passing yards and leading the Mustangs to the Class 2A postseason semifinals.

Moore set Washington state prep career records for completions (787) and touchdown passes (173), and set Washington state single-season records for completions (317 as a junior) and yards (4,600 as a junior). He concluded his high school career having completed 787-of-1,195 passes (65.9 percent) for 11,367 yards and 173 touchdowns against just 34 interceptions.

Interestingly, McCoy missed out on Texas POY honors as a high school senior in 2004-05 behind Kimball (Dallas, Texas) defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger , who went on to an injury-plagued career at Oklahoma. At Jim Ned (Tuscola, Texas), McCoy completed 536-of-849 passes (63.1 percent) in his career for 9,344 yards and 116 touchdowns.