Auburn’s football coaching clinic attracts NFL’s Kellen Moore, Joe Whitt Jr.


From: Jeff Shearer

Dallas Cowboys aides spoke to 250 high school coaches on Friday, reuniting Moore with Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin.

Joe Whitt Jr. (left) and Kellen Moore

AUBURN, Alabama – In week three of the 2008 college football season, Oregon’s No. 17 defensive game plan challenged Boise State’s young quarterback in his first game on the road.

Kellen Moore, redshirt freshman, then Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin we are ready.

“It was a great moment,” said Moore, who passed for 386 yards and three touchdowns in the Broncos’ 37-32 win. “We ended up throwing a lot because of the way their defense was playing. The trust we had to have in each other. ‘Hars’ composed phenomenal plays to create one-on-one opportunities that went proved to be really explosive and big swing plays in this game.

“It was a great moment, both as a team and obviously ‘Hars’ and I, that we could do this and do it at a very high level.”

With Harsin as Moore’s position coach and caller, Boise State went 38-2 from 2008-10. In 2011, after Harsin left to become QB coach and offensive coordinator at Texas, Moore added 12 more wins, giving the southpaw 50 wins, the most for a quarterback in FBS history.

Fourteen years after that upset in Oregon, Moore and Harsin reunited on the Plains Friday at Auburn’s coaching clinic with Moore, the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, presenting offensive rhythms to the 250 high school coaches in attendance.

“It was a great example for me as I progressed towards wanting to be a coach, how collaborative ‘Hars’ was,” Moore said. “It was really a conversation, working together to find solutions. It was a huge lesson for me to be around ‘Hars.’ He’s really smart, really well-prepared. He knew his stuff and let me be a part of it. I thought that was really special.”

Moore credits the coaching staff at Harsin and Boise State for nurturing Kellen’s interest in coaching.

“You see that special core that makes you say, ‘I want to do this for a living,’ because I see it’s done the right way,” Moore said. “He had a ton of success everywhere he went. He always had a positive impact on people.”

‘I want to do this for a living’: Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore tells Auburn Bryan Harsin influenced him to become a coach

Dallas assistant coach Joe Whitt Jr., a former Auburn football player whose father coached at Auburn for 25 seasons, also led a session, along with Karl Dunbar, Brian Schottenheimer, Kane Wommack and Dr. Tony Evans.

“I’m an Auburn Tiger all the way,” Whitt said. “We’ll come up to the board and I’ll learn from some of these guys and they’ll hopefully get something from me.”

Whitt remembers taking notes as a child while his father filed a movie at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum when the elder Whitt was on coach Pat Dye’s staff in the 1980s.

“I love Auburn,” said Whitt, the Cowboys’ defensive passing coordinator and secondary coach. “I grew up here. This is my home. It means the world to me. I love being an Auburn fan.”

Accepting Harsin’s invitation to speak at the Auburn Clinic gave Whitt the opportunity to visit his parents, alma mater and hometown, and hear Harsin’s vision for his second season in charge of the Tigers.

“All I’ve heard about him is that he’s a great coach,” Whitt said. “He understands how to score points. I’m excited to see his vision come to life in the future.

“These guys want the opportunity to play at the next level. He has the ability to give them that opportunity. When you have a guy who is detailed and understands how to win, that’s going to give us a chance to win here at Auburn.”

Auburn FB Coaching Clinic on Friday, April 1, 2022 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
‘I love Auburn’: Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Joe Whitt Jr.

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer

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