Continuing our series looking at the 13 most important players for Oklahoma State’s 2013 season.
No. 7: Tracy Moore, wide receiver
Remember when Moore was regarded as the Cowboys’ next go-to receiver?
It was this time last year. Moore was a rising senior and OSU’s leading returning receiver, displaying an ability to use his big body, reliable hands and solid speed to make plays in the Cowboys’ spread offense. And he had moved from the inside to the outside, essentially taking the spot of former star Justin Blackmon.
Then Moore’s season aburptly ended when he sustained a serious ankle injury in early October. Josh Stewart, meanwhile, morphed into the Cowboys’ top target and an All-Big 12 player, amassing more than 100 catches and 1,000 yards in 2012.
But now Moore is back for a second chance at his final season after receiving a medical redshirt.
Oddly, the fact that Moore was suspended for the Cowboys’ 2012 opener after his third run-in with police in six months is essentially what made him eligible for that extra season. And continuing to prove he has matured off the field since those incidents will remain an important part of Moore’s storyline in 2013.
Another interesting development to monitor? How Moore works with Clint Chelf, the Cowboys’ likely starter at quarterback.
Moore was already out with the injury by the time Chelf rose to the starting job last November. But there was a clear difference in his production depending on who was behind center during the early staged of OSU’s quarterback carousel. With Wes Lunt, Moore tallied four touchdown catches and 106 yards against Arizona. With J.W. Walsh, Moore was rarely a factor, except when he moved back inside against Texas.
Moore has the physical tools to be an NFL player — he was even accidentally invited to this year’s Scouting Combine in January. But before that, he’ll get another go-around at his senior season in Stillwater, and another chance to show why he was expected to become the Cowboys’ top receiver a year ago.
Here’s our countdown so far:
13. Jake Jenkins, center
12. J.W. Walsh, quarterback
11. Shaun Lewis, linebacker
10. Blake Jackson, inside receiver
9. Tyler Johnson, defensive end
8. Lyndell Johnson, strong safety
7. Tracy Moore, wide receiver