Moore Than Anticipated

Charlie Moore had quietly been having a solid spring for the Cowboys but there was nothing quiet about his performance in the Oklahoma State Spring Football Finale on Saturday in Stillwater.

The junior wide receiver took the first pass thrown his way and exploded with his underrated speed up the center of the field for a 58-yard touchdown. On his next catch, he used his 6-foot-2, 202-pound frame to position himself to haul in a 39-yard TD on a post pattern. With just two catches, Moore had 97 yards and two scores for the Orange team. He was far from done.

By the time the scrimmage ended, Moore had amassed a gaudy stat line of nine receptions for a whopping 243 yards and three touchdowns. Asked afterward if such a performance caught coach Mike Gundy's attention, the Cowboy head coach didn't bat an eye.

"You bet it does," Gundy said. "Even though it's an Orange and Gray game and your teams are split and I'm blowing a whistle and it's not a real game, there's still competition out there. Players compete and the guys that really want to make plays, they don't care what the situation is – they go out and play the game.

"It means a lot to me, the players that make plays out here today because this is as close as we can get to a game setting."

And if Moore can replicate this level of play in a game or two or more this fall, OSU is in for a treat. The former high school quarterback from Bullard, Texas, played in every game for the Cowboys in 2011 and got time in 12 as a redshirt freshman in 2010. His career stat line consists of seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Sure, Saturday wasn't a real game but Moore had no trouble eclipsing his career numbers to give OSU fans and coaches plenty to think about as the spring wraps up.

His teammates seemed confident he was capable of a show like he put on in front of 11,000 Cowboy fans in Boone Pickens Stadium.

"He's been quietly making plays all spring. We've known about him for a while and we knew he'd come out here and have the day he had today," quarterback J.W. Walsh said. "We didn't expect three touchdowns, but we knew he was good."

Moore wasn't just good, he was outstanding. As for the key to his breakout on Saturday?

"(I've improved on) everything," Moore said. "Routes; I got moved from inside to outside receiver. Just buying into the coaches and working hard, that's the key to it."

And another key to it is his health. Gundy said Moore has always shown promise but some of his progress has been limited by injuries.

"Charlie's been around here for a while. Charlie's made some plays for us. He missed some last year because his hamstring would get tight some," Gundy said. "Charlie is deceiving when it comes to speed. He'll run 4.5 just about every time. He's 205, 207 pounds. He was a high school quarterback out in east Texas and we moved him to receiver. He's been in our program now for three years. In most cases, guys that have a chance to play at this level start to make that turn in about their third season. Charlie's done a nice job for us and stayed healthy."

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken shared the same sentiments regarding Moore's potential and his health.

"Charlie is a guy that has been here a couple years and has worked hard. The biggest thing with Charlie is can we keep him healthy?" Monken said. "He's had soft tissue injuries, little things that have been nagging. He has good speed and good size. He works hard at his craft and he's going to continue to get better. I think he's had a really good spring and he's going to continue to build off that."

If Saturday's performance is any indication, Moore has plenty to build on heading into the offseason. Asked if thought it was important for him to prove himself in the scrimmage, Moore acknowledged it but it wasn't the most important thing he wanted to prove to coaches and fans.

"I think it was. I think it was important because we put a lot of points on the board and we showed everybody that we can still score at any time," he said. "That's the important thing to me."


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