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Redskins Prepare For Unknown In Kellen Moore


After making his first start last week, the Redskins will see Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore -- who was incredibly prolific in college -- for the first time.

Before becoming the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback last week, Kellen Moore made a name for himself at Boise State during a very successful college career.

In four seasons as the Broncos' starting quarterback, Moore, 26, threw for more than 14,000 yards while collecting 142 passing touchdowns to just 28 interceptions.

By the time he completed his college career in 2011, Moore became the first quarterback in FBS history to record 50 wins as a starter.

During his first three seasons in Boise, Moore was teammates with current Washington Redskins safety Jeron Johnson.

"We did a lot of winning, man," Johnson told "That's one thing for sure; we did a lot of winning. Kellen had some great games throughout the three years I was there with him."

Moore went undrafted in 2012, catching on with the Detroit Lions.

He would be with the organization for three seasons before signing with the Cowboys this past offseason.

Moore wasn't expected to appear at all this season, as he was on the team's practice squad for much of the year, but with Tony Romo out for the season, Brandon Weeden released due to poor play and with Matt Cassel benched, the fourth-year quarterback finally got his shot two weeks ago.

After replacing Cassel in the first half of the Cowboys' Week 15 game against the New York Jets, Moore got his first-career start last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Moore went 13-for-31 for 186 yards and zero touchdowns with one interception. While the numbers certainly don't stand out in a good way, Johnson knows very well Moore is capable of getting the job done.

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"Kellen is a timing quarterback," Johnson said. "He's going to put the ball on the money where it's supposed to be at the time it's supposed to be. We've just got to try and give him different looks out there. Our game plan doesn't change. He's not a scrambling or running quarterback, so we just have to be on our keys and don't give up the deep ball."

Rookie Kyshoen Jarrett will likely see extended action against Moore at safety, as regular starter Dashon Goldson has already been ruled out of the game with shoulder and rib injuries.

While the Redskins already have the NFC East locked up, Jarrett knows that this rivalry is special. On a grand stage at AT&T Stadium, Jarrett and his teammates are looking to enter the playoffs on a four-game winning streak.

"I feel the intensity against all NFC East teams," Jarrett said. "Being at the Eagles this past week was pretty intense; the Giants as well. But definitely the Cowboys. I've been kind of thrown in the fire and I've experienced some of it. It is what it is, it's all ball to me."

As for Johnson, he'll catch up with Moore after the game. His hope is that the quarterback will be on the losing end when they talk.

"He's a proven winner at the college level, but I don't want him winning Sunday," Johnson said with a smile. "Hopefully we can give him another L as an NFL starter."




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