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Moore hits reset after injuries derailed promising start to 2011 season

If Moore is healthy for a full season, he might add a big-play dimension the Red Raiders have needed the last two seasons.

Posted: May 8, 2012 - 10:57pm  |  Updated: May 9, 2012 - 12:27am
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Texas Tech wide receiver Darrin Moore had stretches of dominance last spring, last summer and again early in the season against opponents such as Texas State, above. Moore caught 12 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown that night, but injuries three weeks later short-circuited his emergence as a No. 1 receiver.  Zach Long
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Texas Tech wide receiver Darrin Moore had stretches of dominance last spring, last summer and again early in the season against opponents such as Texas State, above. Moore caught 12 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown that night, but injuries three weeks later short-circuited his emergence as a No. 1 receiver.
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The injury that ruined Darrin Moore’s 2011 football season was hard enough to experience live. That didn’t stop the Texas Tech wide receiver from asking to see it on videotape.

“My coach didn’t even want to show me it after the next day when we watched film,” Moore said recently, “but I told him I wanted to see it, so we went over it, like, two times. It looked pretty bad.”

It must’ve been, considering the way it truncated what began as such a promising year. In the first two games of the Red Raiders’ season, Moore caught 21 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns. In the last 10 games — of which he played seven, at less than full speed — he had 26 catches, 232 yards and four TDs.

When Moore went up to catch a deep pass against Nevada and landed awkwardly with Wolf Pack cornerback Isaiah Frey on his back, he messed up all sorts of body parts. The medial collateral ligaments in both his knees were sprained and his left ankle was hurt — and stayed that way for months.

“The knees I didn’t really have full confidence in them for a while, but they were good after, I’d say, three weeks,” Moore said. “But my ankle, that was probably the worst.”

Moore said he didn’t feel like himself again until about a week into spring practice, which started in late February.

By the end of spring, though, Moore reclaimed his starting flanker job, which was good news for the Red Raiders. In the Red Raiders’ 2011 spring practices and again last August in preseason workouts, Moore was a dominant presence on the outside. Moore, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, regularly out-jumped or out-muscled smaller defenders to make impressive catches of Seth Doege passes.

That continued into the first two games. Next season, Moore wants to show those were more than just snapshots of his potential. As a senior, it’ll be his last opportunity.

“Definitely, I’ve got to make up for it,” he said. “My expectation is to be even better than I started off last year. I expect to start the year off the same way I did last year, coming off and competing every down, every play. I’m hoping not to get injured this year and keep that going for the rest of the season.”

Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown feels the same way. If Moore is healthy for a full season, he might add a big-play dimension the Red Raiders have needed the last two seasons.

Tech has Moore, Bradley Marquez and Javon Bell trying to give them that from the flanker spot, and Eric Ward, Marcus Kennard and Derek Edwards hoping to be the home-run hitter from split end.

“We spent a lot of time working on the vertical passing game — post balls, go balls — and we’ve been hit and miss,” Brown said at the end of spring practice. “We’ve not been as consistent as I’d like to in that. That’s something we wanted to get done. We showed some signs, but we’re not there yet.”

Moore’s spring might have been more interesting, thanks to the presence of cornerback Cornelius Douglas across from him. The two roommates put on a show while facing off against each other every day in February and March workouts. Douglas played a physical style and regularly broke up or intercepted passes. Moore beat him deep from time to time.

“I felt like we had a back-and-forth battle,” Moore said. “He really grinded. He got a lot better this spring, as well as the rest of the defense. But I feel like me and him going together, we both pushed each other to the limit. We’re going to go hard every play, because we both want to get the best of each other.”

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loaded at receiver

we have long and tall receivers (moore and kennard) who can get the jump balls. Good route runners (ward and torres) and the speed guys (the mcroys grant and bell) that can give us a home run play or two per game. Hopefully we can get some production from some of the younger players (amaro and edwards). Doege should have a huge season exceeding his passing yards (4004) touchdowns (28) and cutback on the interceptions (10). I think we will be the suprise team in the Big 12 this season.

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Receiver Position is Fine. So Are the Rest....

As you all know, our problems are not on the field. Two years ago we had 17 starters returning after winning 20 of 26 and the rest is history.

Impossible to argue this fact.

Total Housecleaning beginning with those who do the hiring is the only way out.

There will be no historical revision on my watch.

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^^^The above post is spam

At this point it's almost laughable at the spamming FactsRFacts does.

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@atxraider

Uh, atx, which part of Facts' comment is incorrect?

Blowing senseless smoke in the finest tradition of Hance and his Co-Conspirators does not change the truth.

Delusion is not the answer.

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Fact Is - This Year or Done for Tubs

The fact is TT has 12 games to prove he can do the job. Anybody disagree with that?

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@Red

The fact that his comments do not relate to the article. You don't think he is spamming? Click his name link and read all his comments. Pretty ridiculous. If you and him think commenting on blogs is going to produce change, then sadly you are being naive.

To your question, that what the court system is for. So far no one has been proven to be without fault, but if you feel the need to defend Mike Leach I challenge you and FactsRFacts to do something about it besides make snarky comments on this website. It's old. Really old, and it smells of bitter old man. Having to filter through all his comments has become laughable. This is a good story about a young man trying to over come and what does FactsRFacts do....Bitter old man ("get off my grass").

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Hey atx raider

Hows Kent doing? He looked a little anemic on tv the other day. How about Adam and Craig? Heard from them lately? Let us know when you hear something.

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Coyote

Never meet them personally. So, I don't know what to tell you there....other than it looks like you don't have anything of value to add to this conversation.

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i forgot

i forgot about Marquez & "Zoo". We 2 deep at wr position

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If Doege goes down

then there goes the season. He is the key. However, 50% turnover on the coaching staff, thin at RB, new DC, mostly sophm/fresh team, average OC making the calls, all could spell disaster for 2012. Hope I am wrong. We need to throw alot this yr.

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Something of value

Kent Hance is the greatest thing to ever happen to Texas Tech. Mike Leach abused Adam James and got fired, which is good because obviously, he's not half the coach that Tommy Tuberville is. Craig James for president in 2016! Tuberville is the best coach to don a hat and whistle. Only the 4 existing Kent Hance fans make any sense with their posts. All things considered, 5-7, giving up 66 points twice and missing a bowl game for the first time since Bill Clinton was president was a really good year! There ya go.

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@hughfred

60% pass 40% run would b ideal in my opinion. I think Brewer is better than Doege but he's inexperienced. Last season we had the 13th ranked offense nationally so i wouldnt call that average. Doege top receivers was playin injured or got injured plus he had no defensive help. Im not making excuses but thats what i saw.

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@hughfred

Com'on guy offense wasnt the problem

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Offense was not the problem

I agree to a certain extent that offense was not the problem. We need to move the ball better inside the red zone, and we need to cut turnovers. But overall yes, if we had a defense with a pulse last year we are 3-4 wins better. Not to mention the pressure the defense put on our offense.

We need a big year from Moore, he and Amaro need to be the redzone threats. We could not find a jump ball replacement for Leong last year Moore needs to be that guy.

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@clutchcityraider

i agree with you. The defense needs 2 help the offense out sometimes

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Coyote

Wow, you got a lot of venom there for me. Considering you don't even know me, you also make a lot of assumptions about me. How about you lay off the sauce and actually contribute to the article. Your rants are so humorous.

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No venom

Darin Moore can be a great receiver. There ya go.

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No venom

Darin Moore can be a great receiver. There ya go.

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