December 26, 2009

Freshman Spotlight: Jeremy Moore

While freshman wide receiver Stephen Hill has been showing glimpses of future greatness of the playing field, fellow freshman receiver Jeremy Moore has been biding his time on the sideline get bigger, faster and stronger to prepare for the 2010 season. Moore came into Georgia Tech at 170 pounds soaking wet, but after half a year in the Jackets program, his body has radically changed.

"I have put on 15 pounds so far, I am at 185 right now and I am planning to get up to 200," Moore said. "I am just trying to do the best I can to help my team and I needed to put on weight to do that."

The biggest frustration for Moore has been watching the team in certain key passing situations that he feels he would be able to contribute in.

"It has been frustrating at times redshirting, but I keep in mind that I am only getting better and redshirting happened for a reason," he said. "I am not worried about it now. It has been exciting to see how coach has used Stephen this year. I cheer my fellow receivers on whenever they do something big and even when they do the little things. I am just ready to get out there and help my team."

On the scout team, Moore helps the team prepare each week emulating a top offensive player from the opposing. Moore has taken on the role of many of the top receivers in the ACC this season and players like A.J. Green from Georgia.

"Each week we get to act like we are another team," he said. "I have a big role on the scout team and I just work hard and it helps me get better. It is pretty cool to emulate those guys. Every week a team has a different superstar and I get to be that guy and help my team out and help the defense."

Facing the first team defense every week with limited knowledge of an opposing offense has forced Moore to focus heavily on having proper technique and strong route running skills. Overall Moore says spending the year on the scout team has made him a drastically better receiver.

"I think playing on the scout team has made a huge difference in my game," Moore said. "Going against the ones on defense and even the twos makes me use better footwork, have better hands and has really improved my hand-eye coordination."

After seeing Moore in practice, receivers coach Buzz Preston could not really pinpoint a weakness in Moore's game. With an improved body and high personal expectations, Moore expects to be a major contributor in the Jackets near future.

"Coach Buzz says I am a really great player and I just work on every aspect of my game," he said. "I expect to push for major playing time in the spring. I hope to start next year."

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