Monday, June 9, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 82 Days

#82, Mike Moore, SE
6-2, 191, Coconut Creek FL (North Broward Prep), Jr.
Moore came to UGA in 2005 as one of the more intriguing players in that incoming class. While he wasn't heavily recruited in the State of Florida (according to Rivals he didn't have offers from Miami, FSU or Florida, although he committed to UGA early so more than likely those schools just backed off.) Moore worked out with NFL legend Cris Carter in the offseason before coming to Athens, and big things were expected of him after the losses of Reggie Brown, Fred Gibson, and others coming into the 2005 season. He was a borderline redshirt in his first year, but wound up taking the extra year of eligibility, which will more than likely pay huge dividends for him before he leaves town. Thus far, his big plays have been limited to spring scrimmages and G-Day, although most do remember his big touchdown against Oklahoma State in the 2007 season opener. This year's G-Day game was a big one for Moore (3 catches, 53 yards, 2 touchdowns.)
Depth Chart Analysis: Most have to believe this is the year that Moore steps up and shows what he can do during the regular season. He has shown too well for himself against good competition from the UGA cornerbacks, not to be able to see it translate to Sanford Stadium and the SEC. He'll begin this season as the 2nd stringer behind Mohammed Massaquoi, but there will be no shortage of competition for him to hold that spot, especially considering the incoming freshman class of receivers. Moore likely falls into the same category has 80% of the rest of the WR corp, all are capable of putting up monster games and making big catches at any time. Many of them are really interchangeable at any point and time in the game. It may come down to whoever has the hot hand(s) on a given night.


HamDawg11 said...

I've never been very impressed with Moore. He always seems to be too concerned about looking cool instead of making the play. His energy level seems low and he almost looks disinterested. I think he's got the tools to be a good player, he's just got to get his mind right.

Maybe he needs to spend a few nights in 'the box' (Cool Hand Luke reference).

Otherwise, I think he gets passed up by the younger guys who are hungry to make an impact.

JJ said...

Good post, ham. You could be right. He certainly has not transitioned his strong spring play to the field yet. Maybe the light comes on for him at some point this year.