6’3, 190, RSJr.
Missouri City, TX
2015: 65 targets, 29 catches (45%), 350 yards (5.4 per target), 3 TD
2014: 6 targets, 2 catches (33%), 33 yards (5.5 per target)
davidcmorrison: Moore is playing from behind before this season even starts. Just think about it — his very public role in the boycott last year puts a target on his back for both coaches (he’s a rabble rouser!!!!!) and disgruntled fans (shut up and play football!!!!!). And not only was he one of the Concerned Four, but he was the one who said he brought the idea to the other three and gave the most candid interviews about it after the fact.
Not exactly strong currency in a world in which coaches can term basically anything a “distraction” and immediately seek to quarantine it. And the other two protest conduits who remain -- Charles Harris and Anthony Sherrils — have already mitigated any “distraction” with meaningful production on one of the best units in the country.
You can’t say that about Moore. Yet.
He’s got two years. He’s got the lankiness and deceptive speed that calls L’Damian Washington to mind on his good days and the (entirely understandable, given the offensive struggles last year) tendency to get bored and tune out on his bad days.
That’s not going to cut it anymore. Not when he’s playing from behind.
Oscar Gamble: I have wanted to give J’mon the benefit of the doubt in the past, hoping his athleticism and his maturity would eventually match up. I’ve seen him in practice, and when he’s focused he has the talent to be a starter. I’ve also seen him be a character after-practice, joking around with players during interviews and trying to distract them from behind the media scrum.
Moore can be a character and provide some levity in the locker room, but this fall he needs to be a leader and set an example both on and off the field.
Pboggs: I think everyone is ready for J’Mon to own the starting position. The Mauk-to-Moore combo was never a solid play, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Same as Nate Brown, I believe J’Mon needs to become more physical and consistent when it comes to catching passes.
If we don’t see a more aggressive Moore on September 3rd against WVU, then I would expect him to lose reps from younger, faster receivers.
TheRonDavis: I’ve heard stories of J’Mon’s potential for years, and now is the time to put it together. He might have been the leading receiver last year, but that’s not saying much. He certainly wasn’t the only one to blame, but inconsistency has been a problem for J’Mon. If the younger guys put up a fight to get his job, I think we’ll see a better J’Mon on Saturdays.
Sam Snelling: J’Mon carries more weight than most of the receivers because of the amount of Missouri “fans” who put a target on his back for being one of the drivers of the protest a year ago. If he’s read half of what people have said about him (and I’m sure he’s probably read far more), then I’m even more impressed with him as a young man for enduring that pile of vitriol and continuing to work to be an impact receiver.
Moore has the chance to put it all together this year, and he’s not been able to quite get over that hump, but if mental toughness is the one area you want a wideout to be completely solid in, Moore has it in droves.
Bill C.: If you were to take every returning Mizzou wideout and look at only his three or four best plays, you would be convinced that Moore was the No. 1 guy and a potential star. His good plays look natural and effortless, and in both fall scrimmages last year and in spring ball this year, he has reminded us of his upside. He can separate from opposing cornerbacks with one strong cut, and he has a tantalizing combination of speed and strength.
And then he disappears for long swaths of time. Against UConn, Vanderbilt, and BYU, he had 13 catches; in the other nine games, he had 16. Against SEMO, Florida, Tennessee, and BYU, he averaged 22.1 yards per catch; in the other eight games, he averaged 8.2.
Obviously there was little to no help here. He was not ready to be a No. 1 receiver, but he had to be because Mizzou lost all three receivers for two straight years and no one was stepping up. And there was the whole “freshman QB and no run game” thing.
It’s always hard to judge someone when they’re in a no-win situation, and Moore certainly was. But the inconsistency was obvious, as is everything he has to prove in 2016.