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?
Definitely excited. Can't wait to play Kansas and everybody else.
That injury happened at Kansas, a high ankle sprain, could you tell right away?
Oh, yeah. I felt it when I went down, felt it crack and they said the bone shifted, so I immediately knew what it was. I tried to walk on it, and that night, there was no walking on it or anything. It took me awhile, I was in a cast for a couple of months, so it took me awhile to even walk again.
What was it like watching some of those games late in the year?
It was awful. The worst was that game after Kansas, against Iowa State. Losing to Iowa State the year before, I wanted to be out there. But I came to the game, sat in the stands for the first half and had to leave, it was too hard to watch. The other hard ones were the OU and Kansas State games, those are the games you love to play in, so sitting at home and watching on TV was pretty difficult.
What did you learn from being on the sidelines?
It was a very humbling experience. It could be gone tomorrow. I could go out there in practice today and it could be over. Just the wrong move or the wrong step, anything, so you have to have a backup plan. Tell all these kids out there that you have to have a backup plan.
Your initial thoughts on new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich?
I've definitely been impressed. Seeing the numbers he put up at that level, I'm excited to see the numbers he can put up at a Division I level
Josh Stewart kind of took the leap when you were out. What have you seen different in him?
He's been that same little kid Josh Stewart that I met a long time ago. He's very humble, doesn't say much, you'll never hear about any of his stats, I'm not even sure he knows his stats. Just a real humble kid.