Q&A with Mike Moore

ATHENS - Dawg Post sits down with senior receiver Mike Moore.

Parker Morgan: Last year was definitely a breakout season for you. What helped make it so successful?

Mike Moore: Just confidence and knowing the offense. Really during the offense I just tried to make sure I knew every position at wide receiver. I knew what the tight ends did. I knew what the running backs did. They say the more you know, if somebody goes down, you can step in and replace him. Me and Durham, we were swapping in and out for the slot receiver, and when he got hurt I knew how to do everything and was able to make plays.

PM: Another difference with last year seemed to be more yards after the catch. Is that something y'all just work on, or how does that come about?

MM: You kind of have to work on it, but I think it's being more comfortable. Especially with Stafford, it was his third year here, all the guys were basically veterans except for A.J. – he was the only guy who was young. Everybody else was veterans and we knew what to do and where to be on certain plays. I think it's just having more confidence out there and being more comfortable with the quarterback and the offense.

PM: You're now one of the veterans at receiver. How has that role been?

MM: It's been great. I've taken more of a leadership role. Just be more vocal in the weight room, or off the field. Somebody's messing up in class I'm going to get on them. Somebody's messing up in the weight room I'm going to get on them. We're all like one big family. I just feel like I'm leader of the group right now. I feel like I'm doing a pretty good job, just trying to do like Mohamed did when he was here.

PM: What's different now with coach Ball as your position coach?

MM: It's definitely different. Coach Eason's more of a laid back guy, but he definitely gets after you. Coach Ball is more of an in your face type guy. He's a little more loud. I think it's a good change for us. Coach Ball is a little bit younger. A little more active. Coach Eason, he's a great mentor. I miss the guy dearly, but at least he's still around and I still get to talk to him and stuff like that. Coach Ball, he just brings another little fire about him and I like it.

PM: The other big change is obviously at quarterback. How do you see that playing out?

MM: It might be a big change for some of the other guys but for me I've been with Joe since we both got here, and sometimes when we run the offense he'll be in there with the ones, him and Stafford swapping out, so I don't think it'll be too much of a change. He knows what to do with the ball. He can throw every throw that Stafford made. I think he's going to bring a lot of leadership to us, and he's started that now with offseason workouts.

PM: You talked about the key role veterans play on the team. How important is that to have an experienced guy like Joe taking over?

MM: It's extremely important. You can see, Stafford's freshman year, I think that's the year we went 9-4. that was like the worst thing I went through in my life. No matter how good you are as a quarterback, when you're young I guess they say there's nothing you can really do but you have to go through it. And Joe, he's seen Shockley do good, he's seen Stafford do good, he's done good himself. The Colorado game, everybody brings that up. Everybody knows he can get in the game and win the game for you. I think everybody's rallied around him. He's a fiery guy and I'm going to have a lot of fun playing with him my senior year.

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