Answering the bell

When Beckett Wales went down with an injury early in the game against Northwestern, tight-end Kendall Moore was ready on the sidelines. The true freshman talks to CuseNation.com about his first career touchdown, what to expect heading back home to the Dome and more inside.

Kendall Moore knew he was penciled in for game minutes, but exactly how much time was unknown.

"I was overwhelmed," Moore said. "I knew I was going to get a certain amount of reps, but wasn't sure how many."

The newly converted tight-end was one of the few bright spots for Syracuse last Saturday against Northwestern, pulling in three catches for 37 yards and finding the end zone for his first career touchdown.

"When I had the opportunity to score a touchdown," Moore said, "it was great. The first thing I was thinking was, ‘catch the ball.' When I turned around, I saw green and went for it. At the end, I got my legs up and stretched out."

Moore's touchdown couldn't have come at a better time either. The Chicago native had numerous friends and family in the stands cheering him on, hoping to catch a glimpse of the skilled freshman.

"All my family was there," he said. "I had 17 in attendance, so seeing them afterwards was great. They were happy for me scoring my first touchdown in my debut."

Before the game, Moore notes he got to spend some quality time with his mother as well as woof down some of that delicious Chicago pizza – thin crust, of course.

Aside from his family, his teammates were also really stoked for him on the mini milestone.

"My teammates were happy for me. That's a rare feeling to get a touchdown as a true freshman."

At 6-foot-6, Moore was one of the few Syracuse players that were able to penetrate the middle of the field and make a difference as a receiving option.

"I'm just trying to get better," he said. "I just want to go out there and do it again."

Despite a solid showing, above all, Moore would like to improve on his speed when it comes to the new position.

"I played linebacker so it will come," he states. "I just want to get faster on my route running."

When a member of the media brought up receiver, Chris Clark, Moore was quick to give him praise and his ability to make plays and being a sound example out on the field.

"Clark is a good receiver, he is a leader…one of the older guys," he said. "When his number is called upon, he gets the job done. For his size, Chris has big hands and he's fast."

Back when Moore was being recruited, the Dome was one of the staples of his visit. This coming Saturday he will get to experience it for the first time of his career.

"I heard it's like no other experience from Jerome Smith and the other guys," he said. "I'm very excited about playing in the Dome."

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