Oklahoma State football: Receiver Charlie Moore could have big impact
After being the star of OSU's spring finale, Charlie Moore could transition to being a receiver the Cowboys can count on to be one of Wes Lunt's top targets in 2012.
STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State receivers are sick of George Strait's music.
Thanks to Charlie Moore.
During the spring, the practice player of the day earned the right to pick the music for the next position meeting. Moore snagged that honor as often, or more, than anyone, meaning his teammates had to listen to — or suffer through — a lot of country music.
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“As soon as (wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn) puts my picture up, everybody's heads just go down,” Moore said. “I get a lot of boos.”
Dunn doesn't mind those groans from teammates. He uses that story as the prime example of why he believes Moore can transition from OSU's spring finale star — where he exploded for nine catches, 243 yards and three touchdowns — to a receiver the Cowboys can count on to be one of Wes Lunt's top targets in 2012.
“Just because he showed up on the 15th practice, it wasn't a fluke,” Dunn said. “His face was up there as the practice player of the day (a large) amount of times. He was up there a bunch.”
And yet, Moore is still a virtual unknown. Because despite his breakout performance in April, he still enters this season with just seven career catches.
So who is the guy many coaches and players call Chuck?
Moore signed with OSU in 2009 as an “athlete,” a title given to recruits who could play multiple positions in college. Moore was a dual-threat quarterback for Bullard (Texas) High School, compiling almost 2,000 passing yards, more than 1,000 rushing yards and 39 total touchdowns his senior season.
Switching to receiver was an adjustment once he arrived in Stillwater, however.
He already had many of the tools. His size — he currently stands 6-2 and weighs 202 pounds — was ideal. Those constant games of catch as a quarterback gave him solid ball skills. And he was quick.
But running routes? He had never done that before. So he started studying receivers like Wes Welker.
“Learning what routes actually were and not throwing to them was a big challenge,” Moore said. “But I'm in love with routes right now. I can't quit watching them on film, I can't quit YouTubing them.
“I just want to see how to run better routes and I try to take them out to practice every day.”
Playing time was hard to come by in Moore's first two seasons, though, with Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Hubert Anyiam, Michael Harrison and others around.
He had one catch against Louisiana-Lafayette, Kansas and Texas Tech last season when the game was already decided. His best moment came on special teams, when he used his speed to run down Kansas State's Tyler Lockett for a touchdown-saving tackle on a late kickoff return.