Moore Solid in Scrimmage

After putting up decent numbers as the third receiver for Brendon Kay last season, junior receiver Chris Moore looks to develop a partnership with Gunner Kiel or Jarred Evans to become a much more dynamic piece to this fast-paced spread offense that head coach Tommy Tuberville is looking to run. Saturday it got off to a great start during the Bearcats first spring scrimmage.

Tampa (Florida) native Chris Moore came up big at times last season for Cincinnati as he racked up 45 catches for 645 yards and nine touchdowns. His best outing last season came up against Louisville in the final game of the regular season as he caught seven passes for 92 yards. He caught two touchdown passes three different times last season, the first time against UConn (3 catches, 65 yards) in a landslide victory, the second time being against Rutgers (4 catches, 75 yards) on the road in a victory, and the third time also on the road against Houston (4 catches, 72 yards) in another victory as well.

For the Bearcats' first scrimmage this season, Gunner Kiel looks very much ready to lead this team as quarterback. But it seems like Moore has something to say about being one of the favorite receivers as he amassed a scrimmage-high 138 yards receiving, most of which were on deep routes that dropped into his lap, literally.

Insider caught up with Moore after practice to talk about being a larger part of the offense for this upcoming season.

"Well, first of all, it feels great to get out of that bubble (Sheakley) and finally play outside in the fresh air," Moore said. "And why not play in Paul Brown Stadium? It's going to feel good playing in a NFL stadium for the next year. Not many college football players can say that."

With catching 45 passes for over 645 yards last season, Moore was also asked how he looks to become a larger part of the offense.

"I've been talking with coach a lot in the offseason and he's been telling me to be more of a leader on the team and keep motivating my teammates. As for being a larger part of the offense, when you become more accustomed to how an offense runs, the game begins to slow down for you and you find holes in the defense so much easier. We just have to let the game come to us sometimes."

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