He made onlookers gasp with his ability to make hang onto the football while falling out of bounds or diving into the end zone. Cowboy cornerback Brodrick Brown said that if “spectacular catches” was a measurable skill in the NCAA Football video game, Moore should be rated a 99.
“He's one of those guys that has a knack for the ball,” said Brown, who is known as one of college football's top defensive backs. “He can catch the ball, no matter where it's at. The DB could bat it down and he'd still try to catch it.”
But a simple hitch route especially caught Dunn's eye.
“He caught it for about five or six yards, and then split the defense and outran everybody for a touchdown from the 50,” Dunn said. “That's the one that says ‘I'm different than other receivers.'
“Because there's a lot of guys that can catch that diving ball, but the guy that can catch that little intermediate 5-6-yard hitch and take it for 60-yard touchdown, you've got something going on.”
Cowboy fans know what happened next. A strong spring culminated with a dominant showing in the Orange-White game, leading to a couple hundred new Twitter followers and a more recognizable face and name around campus.
But the highlight of Moore's year came the following month, when he went to a camp in Colorado with Athletes in Action, a Christian sports ministry. There, he competed in physical challenges with other Division I athletes for almost 18 consecutive hours, finishing by carrying a cement block on his back up a mountain for about 1 1/2 miles.
“What I learned there has helped me on the field more than anything,” Moore said. “Just cut it loose. The Lord loves you no matter what you do. I can go into a game, I can step onto the field with the love that's greater than all, and I can just have fun and enjoy my teammates and love them.”
Though Isaiah Anderson is currently listed on the preseason depth chart as the starter opposite Tracy Moore on outside receiver, Charlie is expected to make an immediate impact this season.
And he's ready to become more than the spring splash.
“It's time to step up,” Charlie said. “I've had the blessing to be behind some great guys, and now it's time to see what I can do.”
Then the Cowboy receiving corps might really need to get used to Chuck's country playlist.