Summer Top 50 - No. 36 John David Moore

TSD's countdown of the top 50 LSU players for 2015 arrives at a walk-on fullback who left spring a member of the Tigers' first-team offense.

Because everyone loves to rank things, and because summer is the best time to argue and debate, TSD is spending the coming weeks through the end of July rolling out its top 50 LSU football players for the coming season.

Many are seasoned veterans and a select few are new to the roster, but all 50 Tigers figure to make an impact on the gridiron in 2015.

So we hope you enjoy this list, updated once each weekday and compiled by the TSD staff of Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua (who, naturally, had disagreements of their own along the way).

The countdown rolls on to a fairly unheralded player at No. 36 who just happened to leave spring ball as the starter at fullback, redshirt sophomore John David Moore.

REASON FOR OPTIMISM


As stated above Moore currently holds the title of starting fullback going into Fall Camp in August. In LSU’s offense under Les Miles and Cam Cameron, that’s been a pretty critical position. The Tigers may slowly start to transition into using more of an H-back that can also catch passes from the backfield, and Moore, a walk-on, has that kind of athletic range at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds and a former tight end.

The Ruston native has some experience, too, having played in eight games a season ago (no starts), including four ballgames versus SEC competition. Moore took a redshirt in the 2013 season, bulking up to his current weight and making the transition to where he was last fall, which was mostly as a shotgun pass-protector for Anthony Jennings. His role will increase as a redshirt sophomore in 2015. The only question is how much will Cameron and Miles trust Moore to do.

STILL LEFT TO PROVE


Not that this is a be-all, end-all tidbit, but Moore is the only walk-on to make the 50-player countdown. Even when LSU had walk-on fullbacks in the past, like James Stampley and Connor Neighbors, they eventually earned their way into scholarship spots. And, in all honesty, the Tigers are using scholarships on at least two, if not three, fullbacks already in prized freshman David Ducre and youngsters Tony Upchurch and Bry’Keithon Mouton. So it’s fair to wonder if – or maybe when – Ducre will overtake Moore.

Also hindering Moore’s value is he’s moving into a relatively new position. He arrived at LSU as a tight end, where the Tigers have depth for days, slid over to a pass-protector next to the quarterback in shotgun sets, and now he’s adjusting to lining up as a fullback in I-formation sets. We’ll also have to wait and see how much Leonard Fournette & Co. like running behind a 6-foot-3 fullback. Moore’s height could potentially limit vision downfield, but if he’s doing his job burrowing defenders out of the way, it may matter very little.



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