University of Washington

If he has the goods on Petersen or the Huskies, Fresno State coach not telling

Fresno State assistant wide receivers coach Kirby Moore, who starred at Prosser High, played under Chris Petersen at Boise State and then was a graduate assistant coach at UW the last two years.
Fresno State assistant wide receivers coach Kirby Moore, who starred at Prosser High, played under Chris Petersen at Boise State and then was a graduate assistant coach at UW the last two years. ezamora@fresnobee.com

For most of his life, Kirby Moore had had two prominent head-coaching voices in his ear.

One is his father, Tom, who was his coach at Prosser High School.

And the other is Chris Petersen, his coach at Boise State who is now at the University of Washington.

Well, add a third – his newest boss, Jeff Tedford, who is trying to resurrect a Fresno State program in the Mountain West Conference. Moore is his full-time wide receivers coach.

“It’s been great,” Moore said after practice Wednesday morning. “Obviously I was fortunate to work with Coach Tedford at Washington, and when he got this job, I got an opportunity to come down here.”

If the name sounds sort of familiar, you might be confusing him with his older brother, Kellen, who is Boise State’s all-time leading passer (14,667 yards, 142 touchdown passes from 2008-11), and is now with the Dallas Cowboys.

Kirby Moore caught a lot of those passes from him in high school and college. In fact, the younger Moore holds the national prep record for career touchdown receptions with 95.

But at Boise State, he was a part-time starter and never really excelled to be a top receiving option for Petersen.

After graduating in 2014, he spent one season at the College of Idaho as the receivers coach before reuniting with Petersen as a graduate assistant a year later.

“He’s a lot like his brother — both of those guys are soft-spoken guys,” Petersen said. “But they’re really smart, and really into football.”

Moore mainly helped out with the UW receivers, but had other duties on the offensive side of the ball.

“He’s just a smart, efficient worker,” Petersen said. “You ask him to do something, and it’s done better than you thought it would be.”

Last season, Tedford was brought aboard at the UW as an offensive consultant. That is when Moore first met the former coach from Cal.

“I would not say we had a crazy amount of interaction, but there was a bit of discussion in film (review) and game-planning,” Moore said.

Two weeks before last year’s Apple Cup, Tedford was hired to become Fresno State’s new coach, replaying Tim DeRuyter. A few days after the Huskies dispatched of Colorado in the Pac-12 title game, Moore was hired as a member of Tedford’s staff.

“I was definitely surprised he wanted me, just because I know with his success, there was a number of people he had worked with,” Moore said.

In anticipation’s of this week’s matchup at Husky Stadium against the Bulldogs, Petersen acknowledged that both Tedford and Moore knew a lot about the inner workings of the UW program.

“Kirby probably knows more than (Tedford) about our operations,” Petersen said. “Those are some things we pay attention to, for sure.”

When asked if Moore was reluctant to turn in his UW playbook, or had secrets worth sharing on the Huskies with his players, he laughed.

“There’s nothing operationally we will have a edge on,” Moore said.

But Moore certainly knows the “Coach Pete” way.

“I learned a lot about myself at the UW, and got to work with a ton of different people and see things,” Moore said. “It all kind of got me out of my comfort zone, honestly.”

PAC-12 RANKINGS

1. USC (2-0)

Last week: d. Stanford, 42-24

This week: Sat. vs. Texas

Not many teams could put up 600 yards against Stanford. Trojans did (642).

2. WASHINGTON (2-0)

Last week: d. Montana, 63-7

This week: Sat. vs. Fresno State

Secondary struggles? Nah. Four interceptions ranks No. 6 in the country.

3. STANFORD (1-1)

Last week: Lost to USC, 42-24

This week: Sat. at San Diego State

Lots to criticize, but RB Bryce Love (back-to-back 150-yard games) not on list.

4. WASHINGTON STATE (2-0)

Last week: d. Boise State, 47-44 (3 OT)

This week: Sat. vs. Oregon State

LB Frankie Lulu (three sacks) and DL Hercules Mata’afa (two) wrecking balls.

5. UTAH (2-0)

Last week: d. BYU, 19-13

This week: Sat. vs. San Jose State

Tyler Huntley-led offense doing everything but scoring touchdowns in red zone.

6. OREGON (2-0)

Last week: d. Nebraska, 42-35

This week: Sat. at Wyoming

If you buy stock in “QBR” stat, Justin Herbert tops prolific Pac-12 (89.4).

7. UCLA (2-0)

Last week: d. Hawaii, 56-23

This week: Sat. at Memphis

In first season in new offense, QB Josh Rosen on pace for 50-plus touchdowns.

8. COLORADO (2-0)

Last week: d. Texas State, 37-3

This week: Sat. vs. Northern Colorado

Are Buffs one victory away from hosting ESPN College GameDay for UW game?

9. CAL (2-0)

Last week: d. Weber State, 33-20

This week: Sat. vs. Ole Miss

Last season, Cal walked the fourth-quarter tightrope, and fell off. Not in 2017.

10. ARIZONA STATE (1-1)

Last week: lost to San Diego State, 30-20

This week: Sat. at Texas Tech

Expect this kind of up-and-down effort in the desert from Sun Devils’ defense.

11. ARIZONA (1-1)

Last week: lost to Houston, 19-16

This week: Friday at UTEP

Wildcats defense took step forward, but still gave up key big plays late.

12. OREGON STATE (1-2)

Last week: lost to Minnesota, 48-14

This week: Sat. at Washington State

Worst defense in the country now tries to stop QB Luke Falk’s air bombs.

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