By Nick Snow
CNHI News Service
STILLWATER – Oklahoma State wide receiver Charlie Moore came into Saturday’s spring football finale at Boone Pickens Stadium relatively unknown. By the time the scrimmage was over, Moore was a fan favorite.
“I think I kind of introduced myself to the coaches this spring,” Moore said. “It was fun to put it all together for the fans today... I think I had a few drops, but I think I put together a pretty good spring. Today, you all just got to see it.”
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound junior had nine catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns – including a 59-yard catch and run from quarterback Wes Lunt for the game’s first score.
“When Justin Gilbert’s chasing you, you better run fast,” Moore said. “I was just seeing what I could do and trying not to let him catch me.”
Even Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy took note, saying he didn’t think Moore could move like that.
“Charlie Moore probably surprised everybody,” Gundy said. “He was kind of Johnny-on-the-spot, but he’s done well all spring. I’m guessing he had some big numbers. That would have been a surprise. I don’t know that anybody would have predicted that he would have had that many catches for that many yards.”
Putting up Blackmon-like numbers may have surprised Gundy, but Oklahoma State wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn wasn’t shocked.
“It’s been a good situation for Charlie in that he’s not thrust into that situation where he’s the next Blackmon,” Dunn said. “He’s just been able to go back there and continue to work.
“That’s the thing I’ll say about Charlie, the guy loves to play the game. He’s in that meeting room all the time. He’s out on the field running and stretching. He’s throwing tennis balls to himself. He’s doing everything he possibly can, and when that’s the case you can do pretty much anything.”
Moore continously asks Dunn what he can do to be a better player. It’s why he improved every day of spring practice, Dunn said.
“It was neat to see him have this kind of day because we’ve been seeing him have it for the last two weeks,” he said.
Moore, who grew up playing quarterback in Bullard, Texas, said he made it his goal to be a difference-maker for the Cowboys this season.
“I’ve been playing a lot on special teams and just trying to get in there when I can,” Moore said. “I think if you don’t sense opportunity, there’s no reason to think you’re on the team. I had a great time just working hard and trying to make plays.”
– Snow is a sports writer for the Stillwater NewsPress.