Who to Watch: Texas Tech v. Minnesota (Texas Bowl)

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The Curious Case of Darrin Moore.

Texas Tech

Darrin Moore, #14, Senior, WR

In 2008 a highly regarded quarterback transferred away from Gainesville and found a home in Texas at Blinn College.  That player would lead Blinn to the 2009 Junior College National Championship, before transferring to Auburn, leading the Tigers to a National Championship, being drafted #1, and winning Rookie of the Year.  His name?  Cam Newton.  But who would have thought that another player from that 2009 Blinn team would reappear on our radar?

Darrin Moore was a pass catcher for Cam Newton as a freshman at Blinn college, hauling in 37 passes for 559 yards and 3 TDs, all of which ranked second on the team.  He joined the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the 2010 season and has gradually increased his role before going bonkers in 2012.

His average stat line in 2012:  7.4 receptions, 86 yards, 1.2 TDs.

Even better, I love the fact that his production increased as the season went on…

  • September (4 games)  15 receptions,  142 yards,  4 TDs
  • October (4 games)  28 receptions,  298 yards,  4 TDs
  • November (4 games)  38 receptions,  508 yards, 5 TDs

All told, his 13 touchdowns in a single season is an achievement that less than 3% of all college wide receivers will ever accomplish!

Let’s revisit that 1.2 touchdowns per game number.  It trails only Stedman Bailey and DeAndre Hopkins for the best rate in all of College Football. For a historical perspective, that 1.2 number is in a class with what Sidney Rice, Roddy White, Braylon Edwards did in their college years.  Yes, really.

MINDBOGGLINGLY, NFL Draft Scout has him ranked as the 83rd best WR in the senior class… not the 83rd best in the country… the 83rd best SENIOR.  Seriously?  What is wrong with you people?  How is a 6′ 4”  215lb  Wide Receiver with these type of open field skills ranked so low?  In the first 60 seconds you’ll see why this is so preposterous…

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