411OnTheForty: Get to know Joshua Moore

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Junior wide receiver Joshua Moore jump-started the 2020 Texas offense when he took a short pass from Sam Ehlinger 78 yards for a touchdown on UT's first offensive play against UTEP (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

A starting receiver for the Texas football team, junior receiver Joshua Moore put his name at the forefront of the Texas offense by hauling in a 78-yard touchdown pass against UTEP on the Longhorns' first play from scrimmage Saturday. It was the first of the season for the Longhorns and the team's first touchdown under offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.

3 Facts:

  1. Growing up in Yoakum, a town of about 6,000 in southeast Texas, Moore was a three-sport star for the Yoakum High Bulldogs, competing in basketball and track along with football. In fact, he won the 3A state title in the long jump his senior year (2018) at UT's Mike A. Myers Stadium on the Forty Acres.
  2. Moore is not the only athlete in his family. His brother Jordan is a defensive back at Houston.
  3. Moore has had to battle back into the starting lineup after sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury in his freshman year. Last season, he was forced to redshirt while recovering. Saturday's game was just the seventh in which he has appeared as a Longhorn.

2 Accomplishments:

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  1. While at Yoakum, Moore accomplished the rare stat of tallying 1,000 yards rushing and passing through his four-year high school career.
  2. He received an honorable mention for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player of the Week award after his strong performance (six catches, 127 yards, one touchdown) against UTEP.

1 Quote:

On returning from an injury and scoring the season's first touchdown on the first play of the game:

"I haven't played for a year and a half., Saturday was my first game back, and my being who I am, just being the competitor that I am, I knew I would make a big break at some point in the game. It did surprise me that (the touchdown) was on the first play of the game, but I knew that I was going to have some success. (My confidence) went through the roof. I thank God for the opportunity to come out and play and show that I have that ability to do that."

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Riley Zayas is a high school freshman and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, his personal blog 360 Sports, and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website.