|Brandon Moore (#88)|
Weight: 250 lbs.
High school: Trotwood-Madison High School in Trotwood, OH
Position: Tight end
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #89
Last year: I ranked Moore #66 and said he would see limited time on special teams and at tight end. In a disappointingly accurate prediction, he played in only two games . . . one on special teams and one at tight end.
Moore has got his chance for a breakout season in 2011. He hasn't played much in the past couple years, but he was blocked for playing time by three-year starter Kevin Koger and a pretty good upperclassman in Martell Webb, who has since graduated. Now Moore presumably moves up to the #2 tight end spot behind Koger. The 250-pounder has dropped ten pounds since last season, and he did appear a little bit quicker in the spring. So far in his career, he has been limited to 1 catch for 19 yards, which came against Delaware State back in 2009. But Webb didn't make his first career catch until his junior season, so there's still hope.
Even though Moore's production has been next to nothing so far, I'm counting on him to be a serviceable backup to Koger this season. The options at tight end are limited with position-switcher Steve Watson and the undersized Ricardo Miller the only choices, unless you want to dig into the freshman reserves with Chris Barnett. And while Barnett has a good future, he won't physically be ready to play in crunch time in 2011. That leaves Moore with every opportunity to get on the field. I'm slightly concerned with what I saw from him during the spring, especially one particular play where he caught the ball on a crossing pattern, turned upfield . . . and not only held the ball in his inside hand, but held it loosely away from his body like an oversized Deion Sanders. Redshirt junior tight ends ought to have better fundamentals than that, especially when they're fighting to see the field. Logic tells me that Moore just isn't going to reach the promise that his high school ratings suggested, but I'm hoping and wishing that logic is wrong.
Prediction: Backup tight end