Moore, The Better

Ryan Moore is ready to be the go-to receiver for Kyle Wright this season. Moore, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior from Orlando, has the most career catches on the team with 54.

Ryan Moore battled through a tough season in 2004 when he finished with 9 catches for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also missed six games in the middle of the season with an injured foot.

Moroe had a productive off-season led by an outstanding spring performance. He has matured over the past year and is ready to be the go-to receiver this year.

He is ready to get the season started and show a different Ryan Moore in 2005.

"You are probably going to see me run after the catch a little bit more this year," Moore said. "You will probably see me a little more animated and more vocal. I am going to be a bit more exciting. I want to have more of a leadership role by leading by example."

One of his personal goals this year is to maintain consistency with his effort.

"Bascially I am just trying to work hard and not try to do too much," Moore said. "I want to always give great effort and if I do that, everything will fall into place."

Moore led the team in receiving yards as a freshman in 2003 when he finished the season with 44 catches, 637 yards, and three touchdowns.

Since he arrived on campus in 2002, he has learned a lot from wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson.

"I think have matured a little bit more with my football IQ," Moore said. "I thought I knew about football before I came here and I really didn't. They have done a good job here about coaching us about everything, not just receiving technique but where everybody is on the field."

This summer he had his best workouts according to head strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey.

"With the way Coach Swasey does it in the summer, you have to work hard," Moore said. "I just tried to keep up with everybody else and do what they told me to do. Then it paid off at the end of the summer."

At then end of the summer, he got stronger and all of his weightlifting numbers went up.

With the 2005 season less than three weeks away, Moore took time to talk about the mindset around the team.

"Everbody has the same mindset this year," Moore said. "I don't know what it was, but everyone grew closer over the summer and had the same thing on their mind coming into the season."

The Hurricanes will feature a new starting quarterback this year with Kyle Wright at the helm. Moore is confident in Wright's abilities.

"A lot of guys can act like they aren't bothered by things and that they have poise, but everyone knows Kyle is not going to get rattled," Moore said. "We all know he is talented and we aren't worried about that—-it is just having the right mindset. He is a cool guy and that is what we need in the huddle."

The team will also see a new starting running back with Tyrone Moss handling the majority of the carries. Moss, a junior, has rushed for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career.

"I expect Tyrone to do what he does," Moore said. "When he gets the ball in the 3rd and 4th quarter, it is Tyrone time. He will be strong even if things are going wrong."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com


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