When books have been written about your program and movies made documenting the fervor and football tradition of your high school, it is a pretty good bet that you understand football and the passion the fans place on their program.
This past Saturday, Mike Moore reported to Kansas State ready to get his career as a Wildcat underway and looking to put in the same work that produced so many wins for him in High School. A three star recruit that was lured away from Minnesota where he had originally committed, Moore says he got bigger since he committed to K-State and now measures in at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds.
"Yes sir I have been working hard in the weight room. I have put on a little more muscle, I am around 220 (pounds) now, just a little bigger now. I have been working on just getting bigger, stronger, faster" stated Moore.
With blazing speed off the edge and the ability to play both the pass and provide run support, Moore looks to start his K-State career at the Mike position. Moore has the rare combination of both speed and power that allows him to play every down and be able to stuff the run and play the pass with spread option offenses.
"Right now the coaches have me working at the Mike position and I like it. I am good in the middle and I can use my speed to defend the pass which I like to do but I can also come up and stop the run and force it back."
Making the transition to college can sometimes be difficult but Moore says everyone is getting along well and the chemistry between the newest Wildcats is good.
"We are all getting along and just getting to know everyone better. Everything is good right now with everyone here and just meeting new guys and all but everyone is getting along here and not just us but all the older players and how everything works in the program. We have been doing a lot of conditioning and all that is something that was a shock to me. I mean, conditioning when I first got here that was something that was a wake-up call. I was not ready for that but since then I have gotten used to that and everything, it's good now,' Moore told KStateFans.
Although Moore is meeting all of his future teammates and just starting practices, he says that he is glad to be in Manhattan - something echoed be Head Coach Bill Snyder.
"I talked to Coach Snyder when I got here and he just told me that he is happy that I am here. That he is happy that I choose K-State and was glad that I am here."
Tomorrow we will have Part II of the Moore interview where he talks about where he sees himself fitting in the Wildcat Defense and if he is going to take a red-shirt this season or not.