A Scary Time for Michael Moore

Michael Moore ran one of the fastest forty times (4.3) at USC summer camp following his junior year of high school, and coming into BYU, coaches have big plans for the former Canyon Springs High School star player. However, a recent injury in the weight room could put a hitch in those plans.

Michael Moore committed to BYU early despite being recruited by Stanford, Arizona, ASU, Texas A&M and Colorado among others. His combination of both size (6-1, 200) and speed bring excitement to the future of BYU's defensive backfield. That future fell into doubt, however, following a mishap during a weight training session.

"What happened was, I hurt myself in the weight room," said Moore. "I dropped the bar on my neck and I cracked my vertebra."

During the first day of practice held last Saturday, Moore was not able to participate in the technique drills or the team 11-on-11 drills due to the nature of his injury. He was visibly shaken and, as expected, very unsettled by what the future could hold for him.

"I was really bummed out and I was really sad," said a soft spoken Moore. "I was really looking to play and this hurts my chances."

Last Monday, he went in to have a CAT scan to find out the extent of the injury, which would also let him know if his college football career was over long before it ever got started.

"I'm going to be out for two or three more weeks and then I should be able to come back and play," Moore said with relief filling his voice. "I'm just excited to get out there."

Moore learned that the nature of his injury was not as extensive as first believed, and that doctors took more of a precautionary stance due to the circumstance of where the injury occurred. It will not be long before he will be able to suit and participate with full contact scrimmages with his teammates.

"I've got three weeks until I can put on my full pads and hit," said Moore. "I'm going to probably be playing free safety and I can't wait. I've been watching our defense trying to get a hold of it from the sidelines. It's coming along and I think our defensive is handling it pretty good. There are still a few mistakes but that's what we're here for."

Moore's size and speed in the defensive secondary will be a welcomed asset for BYU's secondary coach, Jaime Hill.

"I run a 4.3 forty laser timed so I probably run a flat 4.4 forty hand timed," Moore said. "We just ran the beep test, but I didn't run that because I'm hurt, but that's pretty crazy and I've never seen anything like that before. One of our safeties did the most with the beep test at like around 149. I can't remember his name but he did 153 before and that's crazy. I just want to get out there to do my thing, but my time will come."

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