Walk-on receiver finds success early in year

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    Walk-on receiver Derek Moore has only two games under his belt this season, but it is hard to argue that he hasn’t already had a successful season.Success probably came with one pass – the touchdown reception that first put TCU on the scoreboard against Oklahoma. Moore not only put his name on the forefront of the statistic charts, but he helped put the Horned Frogs in the national spotlight with their victory in Norman, Okla.

    “I was just excited,” Moore said about his big play against the Sooners. “I never thought my second (career) catch would be for a touchdown.”

    He said the play was a good start for his season.

    He also picked up more yards than any other TCU receiver against SMU on Saturday, after finishing last season with no receptions and limited playing time in two games.

    Moore said he is looking forward to the opportunities that come along with playing in a new conference this season.

    “We’re playing new teams, traveling to new places with new competition,” Moore said.

    TCU joined the Mountain West Conference this season after leaving Conference USA.

    Moore said he believes there is one thing that causes him to stand out most among his teammates.

    “Probably that I’m from Wisconsin,” Moore said. “I get hell for that.”

    Though the team gives Moore a hard time about where he is from, teammates say he can dish it back.

    Tight end Tom Stevens described Moore as a big Green Bay Packers fan.

    “When the Packers beat the Cowboys, he gave everyone grief,” Stevens said.

    But wide receivers coach Jarrett Anderson sees it a little differently. Moore has another attribute that Anderson said is, “being on the same page as the quarterback.”

    Moore’s touchdown-scoring reception against OU was thrown by quarterback Tye Gunn.

    The sophomore business management major from Cedarburg, Wis., said he came to TCU for its football program, academics and the weather. He said those factors, along with the people at TCU, have made his experience enjoyable.

    Anderson recognizes Moore as an asset to the team that will “help provide depth” on the field this year.

    “(Moore) provides someone who does the right thing every day, on and off the field,” Anderson said.

    Moore does not have a specific strategy for the rest of the season, but said he intends to continue to be a tough competitor.

    “I want to do anything that’s going to help the team get a win,” he said. “Whatever I’ve got to do.”

    Though Moore is an intense player on the field, Stevens said, he’s very easygoing when he’s not playing.

    “On the field, he’s pretty determined and focused,” Stevens said. “Off the field he’s really laid-back, cracking jokes and in a good mood.”

    As for his life, after his receiving days are over, he’s still unsure. Moore said he is doubtful that football will play a part in his future after his career at TCU ends.