One of the most interesting recruits for the Tigers this season is the talented athlete, T.J. Moe. The 6-0 true freshman played quarterback in high school but was reported to be switching to safety when he arrived at Mizzou. Plans changed when Dave Steckel was named the new defensive coordinator. After all the speculation, Moe arrived at summer camp listed as a wide receiver because the coaches believe he needs the ball in his hands. So far, it seems like the right choice.
Moe was a very successful dual-threat QB during his high school years, recording 1,500 rushing yards and 24 TD's to go along with his 2,300 passing yards and 17 TD's. Many reports indicated that Moe's athleticism has stood out during summer two-a-days, but will he be ready to make an impact this season? Where does he fit in the plans at wide receiver and how will he develop in the next four or five years?
It has been well documented that the Tigers are thin on experience at receiver going into 2009, so they will need some young players to step into important roles this season. The only two players with major experience, Danario Alexander and Jared Perry, battled injuries in spring ball and could be injury risks throughout the season. Although players like Wes Kemp and Jerrell Jackson stepped into the starting roles during the spring, depth at wide receiver in the spread offense is very important, so Moe may be depended on as a true freshman to step in and make plays at the slot position.
Moe has been clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, not a terribly impressive number for a shorter target, but he makes up for his lack of speed with his cutting ability. This new receiver was clocked during a junior combine at 3.87 in the shuttle, a drill that measures change of direction. I think Moe will be the perfect fit at slot receiver for the Tigers' spread offense. Whether he makes an impact this season or in the years to come is a mystery, but I have no doubt that his athletic ability will translate well to the college level.
Watch out for #6 on offense this season. If he can avoid the redshirt and impact games this season, I'm sure many of you will be impressed with the athletic ability that he shows.