Jeremy Moore’s opportunity arrives

It appears that Georgia Tech’s starting wide receivers will be Jeff Greene and Jeremy Moore. Greene, you probably know a little about. He came in last fall and played as a true freshman along with Darren Waller, mostly on special teams. (Here’s a Q&A that Heather Dinich of espn.com did with him a few days ago.). Good size-speed ratio and has ability. Moore is a lesser known.

He came into camp behind Greene and Chris Jackson, but moved up to the first rung of the depth chart. Former wide receiver Tyler Melton, a teammate of Moore’s for three years, offered the following when I spoke with him a week or two ago for a story about the wide receivers.

“I think Jeremy’s going to be the surprise of the year, for sure,” he said. “He’s been hampered by injuries, so he hasn’t had the opportunity to showcase his talent, but I feel like, if given the opportunity, he’s definitely going to shine.”

Melton described Moore as having a smooth stride, speed and quickness and can catch the ball cleanly.

“He doesn’t body catch,” Melton said of his fellow Texan. “He snags everything out of the air.”

Coach Paul Johnson’s summary of Moore from ACC Media Days: “Jeremy Moore’s a young man who’s been hurt since he’s been there. Got through spring. He’s got a lot of ball skills, can run.”

(Johnson at his pithy best. He’s like Hemingway in that way. Johnson on Christopher Columbus: “Gets lost sometimes. Can sail a little bit. We’ll see.”)

Moore tore his ACL in 2010, his redshirt freshman season, causing him to miss the whole year, and then played only against Western Carolina, Middle Tennessee State and Kansas.

“He got hurt during summer camp (in 2011),” Melton said. “That kind of hurt his chances of playing throughout the year. He kind of got behind the 8-ball with that one.”

(Melton, if you’re wondering, is back in Houston. He didn’t get drafted or signed as a rookie free agent, but a couple teams had told him to be ready, so he has been working out, hoping for a call. He spent the summer working out and teaching math and mentoring kids in a Houston-area program for high school kids.)

If Moore is as capable as advertised, the two big questions, obviously, are if Moore can stay healthy (he’s packed on some muscle, but he’s slender) and how quickly he can find a groove at wide receiver, both blocking and pass catching. For someone to have played three games going into his junior season is, obviously, not a lot.

When I spoke with him for the story, he came across as team-first, but very ready to play. I asked him if part of him was glad when Stephen Hill left early for the draft.

While he was happy for Hill, a close friend, “I looked at it that way, as my opportunity, but I always had the mindset of working hard no matter what the opposition was. Just keep working hard and I know I will get my turn one day.”

That turn has apparently arrived.

For more reading:

A story I wrote about Moore after he’d signed with Tech.

WR competition breakdown from Aug. 6.

60 comments Add your comment

Mike Bell 790

August 24th, 2012
11:33 am

Oman Jacket

August 24th, 2012
11:34 am

Oman Jacket

August 24th, 2012
11:38 am

Darn, shouldn’t have read the article first!

I think GT is going to be just fine at WR this year. I’m still hoping for 12-2.

9-2 GT team plays the undefeated mutts and takes them out to go 10-2. Mutts win SEC and Tech takes the ACC. They meet in BCS game as neither gets shot as Title so Dogs want revenge. Tech kicks the putty arse again sending PJ to 3-3 lifetime verse lowly mutts.

How’s that for a year! Go GT!

GT fan

August 24th, 2012
11:47 am

Easy on the Starbucks there Oman …

WnE

August 24th, 2012
11:53 am

Moore is 6-3 183lbs. AFTER being in a College Level weight program and at a College Training table for 3+ years, he’s going into his 4th yr. out of HS, he’s a RS-Jr.

Guys like this don’t linger around and not produce and then turn in go-to guys late in their careers.

Good luck to the kid, but I am worried that he was able to hold off 6-5 225+lb. Darren Waller, I think it speaks more to Waller’s LACK of development than it does to Moore’s on-field excellence.

Stories like this occur more often than not when you beat out Rice & SMU for recruits like Moore.

FL Jacket

August 24th, 2012
11:59 am

“Moore is 6-3 183lbs. AFTER being in a College Level weight program and at a College Training table for 3+ years, he’s going into his 4th yr. out of HS, he’s a RS-Jr.”

Kind of hard to pack on muscle on your lower body when you suffer an ACL injury, which requires months of inactivity on the affected knee. Then add in his 2011 injury as well. Being an “expert” on all things CFB, WnE, I didn’t think I’d have to explain something that elementary to you…

Why can't you guys...

August 24th, 2012
12:07 pm

… do as we did last week and just ignore some of this stuff, instead of responding and encouraging it…

Tokyo jacket

August 24th, 2012
12:09 pm

Ken, love the comment about Columbus. If that’s an original, you need to trademark it!

HighTech

August 24th, 2012
12:14 pm

Why can’t you guys…

August 24th, 2012
12:07 pm
… do as we did last week and just ignore some of this stuff, instead of responding and encouraging it…

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Good advice.

UOAD!!!!!!

Tokyo jacket

August 24th, 2012
12:15 pm

I’m not that worried about who we put out there at WR. I think we’ve got some inexperienced talent. Being a successful WR in this system is more about desire than ability or experience. Blocking is about will, blocking yields rushing yards, consistent rushing yards yield big plays in the passing game.

And, because someone will inevitably say that TW can’t get the WRs the ball anyway because it doesn’t matter, believe it or not, TW had Heisman numbers last year (not joking). TW 2639 total yards w/ 25 TDs and a passer rating of 155 (averaging 11 YPA). Eric Crouch, the 2001 Heisman winner had 2688 total yards, 26 TDs, and a passer rating of 123 (averaging only 8 YPA).

Jacket Man

August 24th, 2012
12:19 pm

I predict that Greene and Waller will end up getting a majority of the snaps at Wide Receiver by the end of the season, and the A-Backs will be a huge part of the passing attack (this is one of the reasons the big bodied Wide Receivers will be so desirable – they will make excellent blockers for the A-Backs both as rushers and pass receivers down field).

Also, with the pistol and shotgun formations becoming more prevalent in this season’s offense, I would suspect more 3 receiver sets so there will be an opportunity for all the guys to get more touches this season.

Wes

August 24th, 2012
12:31 pm

Who is the best blocking WR we can put out there? I’d have to ASSUME it’s Darren Waller. Even as Stephen Hill (who was not physically HUGE or anything) could use his long frame to do some damage downfield blocking.

Luke... I'm your father

August 24th, 2012
1:07 pm

Ok, now that I’ve got the attention of tech fans… When are you guys going to realize your problem is your HC? Oman Jacket is a funny one, he is.

Jackets55

August 24th, 2012
1:07 pm

@Wes — Why would you assume that Waller is the best blocker? In an interview earlier in the year, CPJ, when asked about wide receiver said, “If you block you play, if not you won’t.” Therefore, I would summize that Moore and Green are the better blockers.

CT_Jacket

August 24th, 2012
1:16 pm

“Moore never wavered, even as Utah, UTEP and New Mexico offered scholarships, and Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, among others, showed interest.”

GTBob

August 24th, 2012
1:34 pm

He spent the summer working out and teaching math and mentoring kids in a Houston-area program for high school kids.

Good for Melton. Hopefully he gets a shot at the NFL at some point but even if he doesnt, it sounds like he has a positive life ahead of him.

HSV Jacket

August 24th, 2012
1:42 pm

How likely is it that the pistol/shotgun will actually make it to the field? It’s been teased in spring practice and pre-bowl practice, but I can only remember it once – maybe 5-6 total times total if Nesbitt was in shotgun when they ran the 2-minute offense to beat Wake in 2010.

GTfan2012

August 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

Hmmm… I wonder if Caleb King is also spending his free time teaching math and mentoring kids…. my guess is probably not.

Teddy Roosevelt

August 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

Michael Veli

August 24th, 2012
2:03 pm

I read the Tech blogs every day and have tried to be patient and nice but i can’t take it anymore so WnE SHUT THE …. UP! GO AWAY

NOVAJacket

August 24th, 2012
2:05 pm

Melton was a teammate of Moore, not Waller, for three years….

AtWork

August 24th, 2012
2:11 pm

I don’t care who we have out there at WR or A Back or B Back or even QB. I just want to them to win. I think the entire team feels the same way. Put out there who gives us the best chance and go get it. Like Julian Burnett, coming up the depth chart and gets a chance and makes the most of it. I wish everyone had the fire that kid has.

CPJ will put people out there that give Tech the best chance to win on Everyday!

wrecked

August 24th, 2012
2:14 pm

Gtfan 2012, Not one mention of a bulldog on this blog , yet you mention Caleb King? Who actually made an NFL squad.(he’s not a role model).Is Rueben Houston mentoring youth somewhere?There are poor and excellent representatives from both programs. Techs biggest problem football program and fans is the endless obsession of Georgia, it would be different if there was a semblance of a rivalry there but 15 wins over the last 5.5 decades and 1-10 over the last 11 seasons, let it go. THWVT.

Ken Sugiura

August 24th, 2012
2:20 pm

thank you, NOVAJacket. for some reason, i kept reversing the two. will fix.
i suspect we’ll see the pistol some. i don’t know how much they’d done it in past springs, but they used it a lot in the scrimmages in the spring and some, i’m told, in august.
tyler melton will be fine, I think. Bright kid, hard worker and personable.

COFH

August 24th, 2012
2:30 pm

wrecked – The way I see it, while UGA has been rather dominant in football, especially recently, the GT-UGA game is almost never a blow-out and is always very exciting. While I see your point, a rivalry is never based just on football….

For instance, so far this year GT has seen victories over UGA in just about every team sport…baseball, basketball, volleyball, softball, and even ultimate frisbee. A win in football, though somewhat unlikely, would complete a year of athletic dominance by Tech, and academics will undoubtedly always be a GT win.

OkieDawg

August 24th, 2012
2:32 pm

GTfan2012…Did you really think it necessary to call out Caleb King? Do you feel better? You are a true GT fan showing your colors….GEEZH

1-11, OUCH!

GT Lee

August 24th, 2012
2:43 pm

get off your high horse, Okiedwag….the UGA blogs are full of uncalled-for cheap shots at GT and you know it…….

GT Lee

August 24th, 2012
2:44 pm

“1-11, OUCH!”

You are a true Dwag showing your azz……

wrecked

August 24th, 2012
2:49 pm

Cofh, If it makes you feel better,in the south football reigns as the king of sports. The blocking sleds at Rose bowl field still have “Beat Georgia” stenciled on them.Curios why didn’t you mention men or womens tennis, Golf, mens and womens swimming and diving.

Paddy

August 24th, 2012
2:51 pm

Okie Dawg………good call. Caleb King is old news and I thought we have all moved on concerning him. Whats next, Pulpwood Smith jabs? I say talk football reguardless of your favorite team. Its time to enjoy this time of year.

GT fan

August 24th, 2012
2:58 pm

Okie …

IDK, maybe GTfan2012 meant to say Washaun Ealey?
Just havin fun!

COFH

August 24th, 2012
3:00 pm

wrecked – I said team sports. Those other sports are technically “teams” but it’s really a group of individual competitions.

I don’t really keep up with tennis or swimming, but I know GT and UGA never compete head-to-head in golf. They only meet in tournaments/invitationals.

JM

August 24th, 2012
3:11 pm

Glad to hear Melton is already giving back to his community. Teaching math and tutoring kids! great job.

Tech dropout

August 24th, 2012
3:16 pm

Some Tech fans don’t care if Tech wins or loses as long as UGA loses. I gotta say that is pretty pathetic. I’m not sure why that guy brought up Caleb King. No one was knocking on Tyler Melton. Tyler Melton was mentoring high school kids. Good for Tyler Melton, can we just leave it at that?

Yeller Bug

August 24th, 2012
3:27 pm

I don’t care if we run the pistol or not—just be effective passing and thus pass more. Since we run so much, play action will always work especially on first down. I know the halfback (or in our case A-back) option pass is considered a trick play to get a score which happens, but I think with Days (& Sims) it can be a play that is run a couple of times a game. This would be true if we get a “go to” WR. As the WR runs down the field, he maybe takes 2 people with him in coverage and now the D is short a safety to stop the run. If the safety comes up then you’ve got one-on-one with a short DB with the ball in the hands of a legitmate QB who in essence is just doing a sprint rollout. Put the other A-back (O. Smith) out in the flat and what’s the LB going to do? Come up for the run, you dump off the pass, stay back in coverage, you run for 4 or 5 yards. S. Days at A-back could be a big headache for opposing Ds in this scenario.

GTfan2012

August 24th, 2012
3:31 pm

Just curious UGA fans, why would you even bother reading this blog about GT if you didn’t care about the rivalry and there was no rivalry. I’ll be the first to admit, I want to beat UGA more than just about anything else in football. more than an ACC championship. UGA has all the advantages in this state, so that’s why winning this year will taste that much sweeter.

GT Lee

August 24th, 2012
3:39 pm

Page 1 of Damian Swann blog:

CPJ’s maaaan bo**s

August 24th, 2012
12:56 pm

Tech hearts warcraft
___________________________

OkieDwag and Paddy,

Go clean up your own back yard before you get on a GT blog with your “holier than thou” attitude….
and just for the record, Rodney Garner’s 48DD’s are WAY BIGGER…..

BLT

August 24th, 2012
4:27 pm

I know GT Lee, I heard there’s a group of Tech students researching ways to help hold up those 48 DD’s…even though I heard they are actually much bigger. Talk about moobs, that mans got’em.

Dogs, I take the insulting comments in stride. You guys should try it too. BTW, CPJ and CTG don’t give a flip.

BLT

August 24th, 2012
4:31 pm

“Tech hearts warcraft”

You know what’s funny, the only people I know that play that are dogs and one bama fan. I only know about it from TV and my nephew plays it. I call it “WOW” or” WHAMO”. My nephew laughs.

BLT

August 24th, 2012
4:32 pm

Can’t wait for Monday night! Go Jackets!

1 4 GT

August 24th, 2012
4:41 pm

Monday week can’t get here too soon to suit me. GOOOOO JACKETS THWVT 9/3

BLT

August 24th, 2012
4:42 pm

Next Monday night that is…

Jacket Detective

August 24th, 2012
4:53 pm

I do not think we have any problem with motivation this year as we did in 2010.
But if we did, we should just put up some of WnE’s comments on the proverbial bulletin board.
It is about time for CAG to produce a tough defense.
Defense and special teams should be improved this year.
I like what I am hearing (and saw, thanks Ken) about the Big O’s training regimen.
Good luck guys.
I wish I could make the trip.

ToeMeetsLeather

August 24th, 2012
4:54 pm

With all of the “hit and run” jabs thrown out by Nadlicker fans on this blog, I find it comical a DAWG fan calls out a TECHIE for such. If all you want to hear is praise for your next Dream-on Team, stay on your own blog.

I thought Chris Jackson was about to make an impact. Maybe so, maybe not. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

Paddy

August 24th, 2012
5:03 pm

GTfan2012……believe you will find most UGA fans believe that the Tech game is important. We read the Tech blogs because we are all true college football fans. The trolls on either side just don’t count.

1 4 GT

August 24th, 2012
5:27 pm

Paddy….as they used to say in the days of John Denver….right on!!!!!

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Ramblin Man

August 24th, 2012
6:11 pm

I think we will see a rotation as the games go by. Just hope we hit VT with a few big strikes as nobody knows how the WR will look come game time.

BS Patrol

August 24th, 2012
6:52 pm

Ask Jim Donnan if the Tech game is important to the doggies.

OkieDawg

August 24th, 2012
7:12 pm

I agree the Tech game is important. We normally beat Kentucky and we normally beat GT. I get no pleasure when we beat Kentucky. I get a HUGE amount of pleasure when we beat GT. The difference? Kentucky fans are smart enough to know they are not a football school and they will very seldom have a season where they are relevant, and as a result, they are humble. On the other hand, GT fans haven’t figured it out and continue to talk trash, think they are relevant and ignore their status in CF. So it has been and always will be a pleasure to serve up another ” L” to go along with your Thanksgiving turkey (or fish fry as the case may be)..