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Logan Moore's 'crazy ride'

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Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:56 pm | Updated: 11:57 pm, Wed Aug 13, 2014.

MORGANTOWN — Logan Moore leaned back in his chair in the West Virginia football team room — the one that is scheduled to be replaced in a year — with a plush, tiered, hi-tech football laboratory as part of a $109-million facility upgrade.

The question was a perplexing one for the quarterback turned wide receiver turned quarterback turned slot receiver.

“When your biography is written, what will the chapter on your college football career be called,” he was asked.

Moore thought for a moment, smiled through what is becoming a healthy beard, and replied:

“Crazy Ride, I guess.”

Indeed.

It certainly has been, a ride filled with obstacles which he cast aside as one would a half-eaten chicken salad sandwich when someone served an 8-ounce filet mignon.

Moore had been the all-time leading passer at Fairmont Senior, throwing for 68 touchdowns in his career, but that wasn’t enough to interest the major colleges. So it was that Moore opted to stay at home to play at Fairmont State, where, as a freshman, he threw for 1,874 yards, 10th best in school history, with 18 TDs.

During his second season he became a dual threat, both running and passing the ball, moving up to fourth in career passing yards and third in TDs.

It had been the start of that crazy ride, but he wanted more than what was then WVIAC football.

Moore was convinced he could play at the Division I level, so he transferred to WVU, redshirted a year, then joined the football team as a walk-on, being used on special teams and at receiver, not quarterback.

The coaches were impressed with his versatility and with his ability.

Moore was a usable player, proving the first point he wanted to make, but not the kind that you are going to throw into your starting lineup. Besides, he was sort of feeling his way into a new world.

By spring, though, the coaching staff had a problem. Clint Trickett, the projected starter at quarterback, was out recovering from shoulder surgery; freshman Ford Childress had transferred, incoming Skyler Howard didn’t know the system, and that pretty much left WVU with reliable old Paul Millard.

The Mountaineers didn’t really have enough depth at quarterback to run drills, so they did what they had to do and moved Moore back to quarterback.

Who knew he’d prove himself to be the best quarterback they had available, and that by the end of spring, he had proven himself capable of running and throwing, moving the team better than anyone else.

The problem was Trickett was going to be just fine, which left Moore where he’s always been … sort of outside the bakery window, his nose pushed against the cold glass as inside they baked those warm chocolate chip cookies.

So what did they coaches do?

They moved him back to receiver, this time in the slot.

And guess what?

Moore’s probably going to get some playing time there, right now being third behind Daikiel Shorts and Jordan Thompson.

“Crazy ride.”

“I got my feet wet playing receiver last year, so the transition wasn’t too bad,” Moore said of the move from outside receiver to quarterback to slot receiver. “It’s really just getting the repetitions done. I’m getting comfortable out there.”

One reason Moore is feeling comfortable is that the crazy ride has expanded his horizons as a football player.

“I can see things a lot better at receiver right now,” he explained. “From moving back and forth I see the field more clearly now, so I know where the holes are going to be.”

In coach Dana Holgorsen’s offense, the quarterback must do a lot of reading of defenses to find weaknesses, possessing the freedom to change the plays to take advantage of openings.

The truth is that given his own preference, Moore would prefer being at quarterback. However, not only is Trickett healthy now, but freshman William Crest has emerged on the scene and is being groomed as the quarterback of the future.

Crest is such a good athlete that the coaching staff has actually been working him some as a punt returner, and says he’s in the mix to return punts, which leads to another interesting concept. If Crest is that good an athlete, and if he doesn’t figure to play quarterback this season until Trickett is injured, might they not consider using him at receiver, too?

That not only would deepen the pool of receivers, but also give Crest the same different view of the field that Moore got by switching positions, making him better at reading defenses.

Moore, however, does not expect to see that come to pass, so to speak.

“I don’t know. William is a talented kid, a helluva athlete. His thing right now is getting reps at quarterback and learning that. He’s going to be a great quarterback here. He’s fine where he is,” Moore said.

As for Moore, he understands that his future is not the same as Crest’s and he’s just happy to be wherever they put him.

“I love playing this game. Any way I can get on the field, I will do it. If they give me a shot, I will do my best,” Moore said.

What would be a successful season for Moore?

“This team taking off and playing to its capabilities, getting better each week, he said. “I have personal aspirations, but the team goals and aspirations override that by far.”

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