Oklahoma State's Tracy Moore shakes free of 2010 stigma in strong opener

TRACY MOORE — The receiver from Tulsa Union stepped out of a pack of No. 2 receivers to shine in the Oklahoma State Cowboys' season-opening win.
By JOHN HELSLEY, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: September 3, 2011
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By JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com


As Justin Blackmon is wont to do, he stole the headlines on that rascally run to Dallas last October, exposed when troopers pulled him over on the speedy early morning return to Stillwater.

Tracy Moore, the sidekick on that turnaround trip to catch Monday Night Football, flew under the radar publicly, although his playing status with the team took a hit.

Saturday night – Moore's best night as a Cowboy – was more of what Moore has in mind as Blackmon's sidekick: seven catches for 112 yards, both career bests, with a touchdown.

And as Moore entered the post-game press conference and was announced along with those career bests, he smiled big.

“It sounded really great,” said the sophomore wide receiver. “I had a lot of fun. It reminded me of all those high school days, catching all those passes and stuff. Felt really good.”

Looked that good, too, just like those days at Tulsa Union, when he overmatched defenders.

Against Louisiana-Lafayette, with multiple defenders focused on Blackmon, Moore became an easy target for Brandon Weeden early.

Sometimes lost in assessing OSU's other receivers, Moore seems to fall in behind the likes of Josh Cooper, Hubert Anyiam and Michael Harrison. But at least in the season opener, Moore stepped to the front of that group, finding his place in the open space across the middle.

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