Tracy Moore looks to shed image, lead Cowboys

Tracy Moore wants to be the No. 1 option at wide receiver for Oklahoma State. He wants to be the next in line of NFL caliber wideouts for the Cowboys – cut from the mold of Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon.

Against Arizona on Saturday, Moore made his case. The senior wide receiver hauled in eight catches for 106 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. Moore made the role of star wide receiver look easy.

But for the past six months, he's made it look incredibly difficult.

Instead of touchdowns and yardage for the Cowboys, Moore has recorded citations and fines for the Stillwater Police Department. Even with Moore's performance Saturday, his reputation is still tarnished.

After Moore's past three run-ins with the law – which include public urination and providing alcohol to a minor – what has he learned?

"Actions have consequences," Moore said. "Stay at home."

The last time Moore played before Saturday was on Dec. 3. against Oklahoma at Boone Pickens Stadium. He sat on the sidelines for OSU's Fiesta Bowl victory. He watched on television as the Cowboys blew out Savannah State.

"It's the worst feeling in the world," Moore said. "I can't even explain it … when I watch, I can't even talk. So many things go through my mind. It's just a sad time."

But despite police records and bar chatter, Moore has taken steps toward becoming the leader he aspires to be in this offense. It's the behind the scenes work that has impressed offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

"I told this to Tracy today; I think he's come a long way in terms of taking care of himself, practicing his butt off, having a smile on his face," Monken said. "That's what a leader does. He inspires others to be better around him."

Moore said he watched how Blackmon handled the pressure of being a star player last season, while attempting to keep his ego and extracurricular activities in check.

"It's a different attitude," Moore said. "I watched Justin go through that transformation and watch his whole attitude change from role player to star player. It's a different mindset."

Even still, Blackmon had his run-ins with the law. Two alcohol related charges were enough to alter Blackmon's public image during his time in Stillwater.

"(Blackmon) did a good job, but it's hard," Monken said. "They want to make plays, they want to be ESPN, they want to catch the ball – that's what skill guys do. It's a selfish position."

But at this point, Moore doesn't have room to be selfish. After watching his performance against Arizona, it seems he's taken Monken's blueprint to leadership to heart. After his fourth touchdown, wide receiver Charlie Moore approached Moore for a celebration.

Tracy Moore brushed it off. It wasn't time to gloat. Winning would have been more important.

And when it came time to talk about his performance, Moore was short and said what most leaders would tell the media after a big game.

"I didn't play bad, I could have played better," Moore said. "It wouldn't have been possible without Wes (Lunt) putting the ball where it needs to be."


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