Last preseason, Tracy Moore was pegged as Justin Blackmon's successor, a senior receiver who had waited his entire career for the spotlight he now owned.
And despite missing Oklahoma State's opener against Savannah State due to suspension, Moore came out strong, at least from an individual standpoint.
In the second game of his would-be final season at OSU, Moore had eight catches for 106 yards and four touchdowns (more than Blackmon ever caught in a single game at OSU) in a loss at Arizona.
But three games later, after slowed production, Moore's promising season came to a sudden halt when he suffered a painful high ankle sprain at Kansas on Oct. 13. It was a season-ender. And his career looked over.
But in a somewhat surprising move, Moore, who still qualified for a medical redshirt, was given an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. Now, as spring camp gets started and Moore readies for a second senior year, he sat down with The Oklahoman to reflect on last year's disappointment and some upcoming excitement:
Q: Take me through the process of how you got another year.
A: When I figured out that I was pretty seriously hurt, we started talking about options and they were like, “You definitely have the option to come back another year,” after they looked it up. They gave me some time to go and think about it, so I took a little while, talked to my parents about it and they kind of decided it would be best if I graduated. So I'm here to graduate and play another season. Plus, I didn't like how last season finished out, 8-5, that's not the way we do things around here.
Were you close to jumping?
I was about 50-50, but don't nobody know better than my parents, so I put my trust in them and I made the right decision.
So you have to be excited for this year?