Tyler Moore has started 20 football games wearing the maroon and gold of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He has fought at the line of scrimmage with teammates on the offensive line that he says he sees as brothers and that is the way most good offensive linemen think. O-line is different from any other position in football, maybe secondary is the closest thing to the offensive line as four players have to play together and help each other in the secondary. On the offensive line it is five guys working as one force.
Moore admitted that his decision to leave Minnesota and transfer to Oklahoma State was not made lightly. We didn't press but he made it clear he was not happy with what went down in the aftermath of the suspensions of 10 players, a threatened and averted boycott of the Holiday Bowl game, and then the subsequent dismissal of head coach Tracy Claeys.
"There were a lot of reasons that go into it, one of them was obviously the firing of Tracy Claeys was something I didn't particularly agree with," Moore said. "There is nothing I can personally do about it now. That was one of many factors that played into my decision to transfer. We didn't feel like the right thing was being done. There are still guys there, friends, teammates, brothers that I will stay in touch with the rest of my life."
Moore is looking forward to the future. The timing is excellent for Oklahoma State as he will have to sit out the 2017 season and then will be eligible for the next two seasons (2018 and 2019).
He comes into the program at 6-4, 305 pounds and with 20 starts at the center position in Big Ten football playing the likes of Ohio State as a freshman. He played this season against Penn State, Wisconsin, Northwestern and he has already seen a future Oklahoma State non-conference opponent having played against Oregon State.
"I'm really excited and really about the opportunity to play for Coach [Mike] Gundy and Coach [Greg] Adkins," Moore added. "I actually have an uncle there that is involved in the engineering program and I don't get to spend a lot of time with him but I am looking forward to spending more time with him. I have some relatives around the Oklahoma area. I am ecstatic to be an Oklahoma State Cowboy."
As far as Moore's attributes as a player, you can start with attitude.
"The way I look at it, football is football, and I'm going to impose my will to play my brand of football," Moore said matter of fact. "It doesn't matter what conference I play in because the duties of an offensive lineman are to be fast and physical and dominate and that translates to the Big 12 and that is something I like to carry on with me."
Moore also said he will major in psychology and will have an emphasis in occupational therapy.