How does the quarterback posturing in Dallas affect Kellen Moore? If you know the former Boise State great, not a lick. How does the quarterback posturing in Dallas affect Kellen Moore? If you know the former Boise State great, not a lick. Moore’s been dealing with this forever. The Cowboys didn’t take a quarterback in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, but they did take Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott in the fourth. “He is developmental from the standpoint that he is young and he has to learn how we want to do things,” said Dallas coach Jason Garrett. That’s where Kellen comes in. He can mentor Prescott, and he’s happy to do it. The Cowboys actually have five QBs on the roster now. Beyond Moore, Prescott, starter Tony Romo and practice squad player Jamiell Showers, there’s Chris Brown of Cal Poly, who was signed as an undrafted free agent. Brown will reportedly try out as both a quarterback and wide receiver.
After the fact, we learn how much Dallas was interested in drafting Memphis star Paxton Lynch. According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, “after 67 minutes talking to nine teams trying to deal for a Lynch-enabling pick, reality bit. Word filtered into the room that Denver had traded up with Seattle to pick Lynch. Pall over the room.” The Cowboys had Lynch as a first-rounder on their board. Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News tweeted about Jerry Jones’ regrets as he heard it from the Dallas owner: “When I look back on my life, I’ve overpaid for my big successes every time. I probably should’ve overpaid (for Paxton Lynch).” Did I mention that things like this don’t bother Kellen Moore a lick?
Along similar lines, let’s check out the running back situation in Miami. After Lamar Miller left, the Dolphins looked near and far this winter to find someone to compete with Jay Ajayi for the starting job this year. Miami thought it had Denver’s C.J. Anderson and his Super Bowl credentials in the fold—until the Broncos matched the Dolphins’ offer. The team waited until the third round last Friday to draft a running back, Alabama backup Kenyan Drake. There are those who feel Drake will provide Ajayi with plenty of competition, but in a good way. Drake is capable of starting after spelling Crimson Tide stars T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry the past two years and will push Ajayi. And that in itself may actually propel the former Boise State star into the starting spot.
Jamar Taylor’s trade during the NFL Draft from Miami to Cleveland magnifies the fact that he fell short with the Dolphins. The former Boise State star, in his third year with Miami last season, didn’t play in four of the final five games—not because he was injured, but because he was a healthy scratch in three of them and simply didn’t play in the fourth. Now, Taylor gets a second chance. “Maybe this will benefit him but it also benefits us because he has talent and ability,” said Browns coach Hue Jackson. “This is a shot. It’s an opportunity for him, but at the same time I think he recognizes, and we do too, that it has the potential to work out.”
As Idaho alumni and fans get used to the idea that the Big Sky is home for football beginning in 2018, hopefully the older among them remember how much fun things ended up being the last time. The Vandals’ last 14 seasons in the Big Sky (1982-95), spanning the Dennis Erickson, Keith Gilbertson and John L. Smith eras, plus one season under Chris Tormey, produced a 119-50 record, with four Big Sky championships and 11 trips to the Division I-AA Playoffs. Not to forget that the stretch included Idaho’s epic 12-game winning streak over Boise State (the fact that the Broncos matched it at the end of the rivalry is beside the point). Those were really, really good times for Idaho. Good for enrollment, too.
The the next piece of the Boise State basketball reboot is guard Cameron Oluyitan from Gillette College in Wyoming. Oluyitan has tweeted his commitment to the Broncos after spending one season at Gillette. He hasn’t used his redshirt year, so he’ll have four years to use three seasons of eligibility at Boise State. Oluyitan averaged 14.6 points per game last season and was a high-percentage shooter—52.2 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from beyond the arc. His size, 6-6 and 185 pounds, makes one wonder if he can fill the roll of the graduated Anthony Drmic (the Australian standout weighed in at 203).
The Statesman’s Michael Lycklama reports that E.J. Boyce, Rocky Mountain’s career leader in three-pointers, will walk on at San Jose State after two years at College of Southern Idaho. Boyce averaged 9.6 points per game and shot 43.6 percent from three-point land at CSI this past season. As a Spartan, he’ll play for Dave Wojcik, the former Boise State assistant. Boyce’s dad, Ed, is also a one-time Bronco assistant.
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans was shortened from four rounds to three. But the PGA Tour doesn’t cut the money by 25 percent in rain-ravaged cases like this. Nampa’s Tyler Aldridge was as steady as could be in the challenging conditions, carding a trio of two-under 70’s to finish in a tie for 36th. Aldridge made $28,029. Meridian’s Troy Merritt was two-under in a tournament rife with low scores. The former Boise State star tied for 72nd and pocketed $13,230.
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has reached an agreement with fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel to stop operating in the state. Wasden ruled that “the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law.” I guess if horse racing at Les Bois Park is going to be shuttered over the historic racing machines, it follows that fantasy-in-bulk would be, too. I haven’t missed those DraftKings and FanDuel TV commercials-in-bulk since they faded from view last fall.
This Day In Sports…May 3, 1936, 80 years ago today:
A big day in Yankees history, as Joe DiMaggio makes his major league debut. The Yankee Clipper had three hits as New York bombed the St. Louis Browns, 14-5. DiMaggio would play 16 seasons in the bigs, retiring after the 1951 campaign. His 56-game hitting streak in 1941 is one of the most enduring—and unbreakable—records.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)