Moore will get a shot at WR

Alonzo Moore thrives with the ball in his hands. It's why Nebraska put the freshman on offense to start his college career.


Lincoln, NE - On National Signing Day, one of the biggest questions Nebraska recruitniks had was what position Alonzo Moore would play in college?

Fox Sports NEXT projected Moore as a wide receiver and that's where he is starting his career in college, despite Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini before hinting to the defensive backfield.

"We recruited him as an athlete and we just felt that is where we want to start with him," said Nebraska wide receivers coach Rich Fisher. "Obviously he was a tremendous player in high school. I'm all about great athletes if they want to give them to me. I'm not turning that one down."

A Louisiana high school player of the year in 2011, Moore played quarterback, with a handful of other positions sprinkled in. While raw for a college wide receiver, Fisher says he can see the potential in Moore.

"He's picking things up great and answering questions in the classroom. It's one thing to learn something in the classroom, it's another to learn it and bring it out here full-speed," said Fisher. "He got here late, so like most, he's swimming a bit when it comes the playbook, but we tried to get him a couple plays in the scrimmage (Saturday). In the individual stuff you can tell he's going to be pretty good.

"When you have played the quarterback position, you bring something to the wide receiver position because you have a base understanding of defense. It doesn't mean it's any easier to play wide receiver, but it helps...He's going to be fine and is a great kid who's going to fit in well with us."

It's likely Moore will redshirt in 2012, but could become a big play-making threat for Nebraska as soon as 2013.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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