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Athletic prowess separates sophomore kicker Trevor Moore from stereotype

Athletic prowess separates sophomore kicker Trevor Moore from stereotype

November 25
14:30 2015

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer

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There is a running joke among football circles that kickers are not real athletes. Often, kickers are among the smallest on a team in both height and weight.

Sophomore kicker Trevor Moore does not fit that mold.

Standing at just under 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, Moore can bench press 147 percent of his body weight, squat more than 500 pounds, and considers himself pound-for-pound one of the strongest players on the team.

“I started working out after my sophomore year of high school,” Moore said. “I feel like it keeps me fresher and makes my kicking more explosive. I can rival some guys that are significantly bigger than me.”

The reason for the intense workout routine is twofold. Along with wanting to combat his short stature, Moore also wanted to gain the respect of his teammates by proving kickers are indeed capable athletes.

Interim head coach Mike Canales said he was aware of Moore’s rigorous exercise plan and was excited to see him bulking up.

“When he’s in the weight room, he’s like a monster,” Canales said. “You don’t see that from kickers, but I love it. He’s always looking in the mirror at his guns. The weight room part of it shows he is able to work out as hard as anyone on the team. And I think that’s one reason why he does it. He wants respect from his teammates.”

When Moore isn’t in the weight room, he spends the majority of his time on the sideline, rarely getting hit, as he only sees the field for a few seconds during a game. But when he does get into the game, the result often comes down to one swing of the leg. Portrayed as the hero if he wins the game or the goat if he loses it, the pressure can be immense.

But that’s the life of a kicker, and it’s one he has grown accustomed to.

“It’s pretty stressful,” Moore said. “You have to trust yourself and what you know how to do.”

One of the most stressful situations for a kicker, Moore said, is coming off the bench cold. He said having to enter a game and produce in a moment’s notice is something almost every kicker has to overcome at some point in his career.

“That’s probably the worst part about it,” Moore said. “You have to go out there and execute when your number is called. You can’t psych yourself out.”

Named a freshman All-American by Sports Illustrated and a member of the Conference-USA All-Freshman team, Moore set a North Texas record for best field goal percentage in a season at 88.2 percent in 2014.

Now in 2015, Moore leads the Mean Green in scoring with 43 points and is 8 of 13 on field goal attempts. Canales said having a reliable kicker like Moore has paid dividends for the team.

“Having him is like having a security blanket,” Canales said. “You always have him in your back pocket. It’s a plus.”

Even though Moore has experienced success in his short tenure with North Texas, he has also experienced difficulties. His field goal percentage is down 26.7 percent from last season, but that does not give immediate cause for concern.

Special teams coordinator Tommy Perry said one of the reasons the Mean Green recruited Moore was not because of how effectively he was kicking but how he reacted after a miss.

“I saw the way he missed it, and he wouldn’t rip his helmet off or rip his facemask off,” Perry said. “He would jog down, get the ball and ask, ‘What can I do better?’”

Perry said the ability to coach Moore is something he looks for when scouting kickers and cannot be taught.

Moore agreed, saying there were elements of his game he needs to work on in the offseason.

“I need to keep my form consistent,” Moore said. “I know I have the leg strength. It’s just a work in progress.”

Ironically, Perry said Moore’s athleticism actually hurt him when he started kicking at a collegiate level. Perry said because Moore had a strong core and was able to control his body better than other kickers he had coached, Moore was able to compensate for error when he incorrectly struck the ball.

That problem was, as Perry put it, something he did not mind fixing and has since been fixed.

“He’s a really aggressive kicker, and that’s why we signed him in the first place,” Perry said. “One of the best parts of Trevor’s game is his work ethic.”

Moore said he will continue to work on his craft while at North Texas and looks to be even better next season.

As for the running joke about kickers, he had a simple response.

“We do our own thing,” Moore said. “I don’t think we should get as bad a rap as we do.”

Featured Image: Sophomore kicker Trevor Moore says he can bench 285 pounds. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

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