Gilbert Moye Making a Quick Impression at MU

When he arrived at Mizzou earlier this summer, Gilbert Moye was viewed by teammates like any other freshman – virtually nameless and faceless. Until, that is, they got out onto the field with him, caught a glimpse of his highlight tape and saw his picture on the cover of a recent Inside Mizzou Magazine.

"We saw this magazine and were like, Hey is that Gilbert on the cover of a magazine?" said running back Tony Temple.

Then, with Chase Daniel off working the Elite 11 Camp, they told Moye to jump in and take a few snaps at quarterback. It was then they realized what the hype was about.

"He's a really, really good athlete. He can do everything," Temple said of Moye, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete who is the most gifted athlete in Mizzou's incoming freshman class. "You don't see that kind of athleticism [from a a true freshman]." Moye, who starred at quarterback for Diboll High in Jasper, Tex., starts his MU career at safety. He entered the first day of fall camp Saturday fifth on the depth chart, but undoubtedly will have every chance to work his way up in short order.

"I don't have a problem with it. I can play pretty much everywhere on the field," a beaming Moye said after his first practice. "They say you can work your way up fast if you produce."

Moye has come a long way in the past year-and-a-half. We featured him in the April edition of Inside Mizzou Magazine not only because he's a potential star, but because he has a unique, inspirational story: he lost his home to Hurricane Katrina and was forced to switch schools, but was then was ruled ineligible because the Texas high school athletic commission deemed his transfer as an athletics-motivated move.

Still, Moye never felt sorry for himself. He persevered, and this weekend he found himself starting a new stage in life.

"It's the first time I've put my helmet on," he said, girnning, when asked if he finally felt like a college football player.

Moye's teammates also took note of his talents while watching his high school highlights. After the film was done, several players patted him on the back on their way out of the room, as if to say, ‘OK, we see what you've got,' he said.

Moye said he's hoping to switch back to quarterback later in his career, but for now he's happy doing whatever it takes to get onto the field. With his size – he's tall and thick with a frame that appears conducive to adding plenty more muscle – and talent, it seems quite likely he'll see the field in some capacity this year.

[My goal is] just to get playing time," he said, "if it's on special teams or whatever."

We'll keep you posted on his progress throughout camp…

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