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Oklahoma State record book watch: Tracy Moore

by Gina Mizell Published: May 22, 2012

Continuing our series looking at where current OSU players could move up to in the record books in 2012.

Last week: Joseph Randle
Up next: Tracy Moore

Receptions

Current career total: 73
Current place in OSU record book: Tied for 22nd

20. 76 John Chesley (1980-83)
21. 74 Bobby Riley (1983-85)
T22. 73 Terry Young (1979-82)
T22. 73 Jamaal Fobbs (1997-2000)
T22. 73 Tracy Moore (2009- )
T25. 72 Tom Dearinger (1968-70)
T25. 72 Alex Loyd (1945-49)

If matches 2011 production (45), would move him up to: Eighth

1. 293 Rashaun Woods (2000-03)
2. 253 Justin Blackmon (2009-11)
3. 203 Hart Lee Dykes (1985-88)
4. 163 D’Juan Woods (2002-06)
5. 161 Josh Cooper (2008-11)
6. 147 Dez Bryant (2007-09)
7. 127 Adarius Bowman (2006-07)
8. 118 Tracy Moore (2009- )*
9. 115 Neill Armstrong (1943-46)
*If matches 2011 production

Receiving yards

Current career total: 1,067
Current place in OSU record book: 21st

16. 1,228 Robert Kirksey (1988-91)
17. 1,144 Gerald Bain (1974-77)
18. 1,114 Terrance Richardson (1995-99)
19. 1,113 Terry Brown (1967-68)
20. 1,069 Robert Ingram (1978-81)
21. 1,067 Tracy Moore (2009- )
22. 1,032 John Lewis (2001-02)

If matches 2011 production (672 yards), would move him up to: Eighth

1. 4,414 Rashaun Woods (2000-03)
2. 3,564 Justin Blackmon (2009-11)
3. 3,171 Hart Lee Dykes (1985-88)
4. 2,751 D’Juan Woods (2002-06)
5. 2,425 Dez Bryant (2007-09)
6. 2,187 Adarius Bowman (2006-07)
7. 1,973 Hermann Eben (1968-60)
8. 1,739 Tracy Moore* (2009- )
9. 1,695 Josh Cooper (2008-11)
*If matches 2011 total

This honestly surprised me quite a bit. I’ve always thought of Moore as a solid pass-catcher, but potentially a top-10 receiver in OSU history?

Yes, part of these numbers is due to the way OSU slings the ball around in its spread system. But Moore has shown flashes of being a go-to receiver, most notably against Louisiana-Lafayette and in the first half against Kansas State last season.

Now OSU is looking for Moore to be its No. 1 target with his move to the outside. Wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn raved about Moore’s transition to that receiver spot during the spring, and he showed that in the spring finale with four catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns. And, frankly, the Cowboys will need him to put up much bigger numbers than his 2011 production. Will he catch 120 balls for more than 1,500 yards like Justin Blackmon? Highly unlikely. But I think it’s reasonable to expect 75-85 catches for 800-900 yards–or more. If that happens, he could challenge guys like Dez Bryant, Josh Cooper and D’Juan Woods on the career receptions list.

Something else that’s interesting: If Moore’s numbers hold up or increase in 2012, three of the top 10 receivers in the OSU record books will have played together in Blackmon, Cooper and Moore. That again speaks to the scheme that Dana Holgorsen installed in 2010 and Todd Monken kept going in 2011. It also speaks to the type of quarterback Brandon Weeden is. And, of course, it speaks to the talent of the receivers.

Coming soon: Justin Gilbert, Brodrick Brown, Quinn Sharp

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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