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Freshman kicker steps into key role on team

Freshman kicker steps into key role on team

Freshman kicker steps into key role on team
September 17
23:42 2014

Ehsan Azad / Staff Writer

The Mean Green football team has scored on 100 percent of its opportunities in the redzone this season. Part of the reason is they haven’t missed a field goal, thanks to freshman kicker Trevor Moore.

In the Mean Green win against Southern Methodist University, Moore tied a school record by going five-for-five on field goal attempts. He was one field goal short of the NCAA record for most field goals in a game by a freshman. While there is some pressure being a kicker as a freshman, Moore said he simply uses it to his advantage.

“There is a lot of adrenaline on that field and pressure as well,” Moore said. “But I tend to lean towards the adrenaline side, because I am confident in what I do.”

Moore began playing football when he was 4-years-old and played soccer as well. However, he loved football more and played as a linebacker for most of his youth. Moore would occasionally kick when playing football because of his soccer skill, but it wasn’t something he seriously considered until high school.

“After my freshman year, I got really serious with it and started to go to national camps,” Moore said. “After my sophomore year, I had dropped all positions and focused on being a kicker.”

Moore started attending different kicking camps around his sophomore year of high school. When his junior year came around, he started attending college camps. One of the people running the camps was former Iowa State University kicker Jamie Kohl, who instructs kickers at different colleges across the country. Kohl had organized a camp with UNT and Moore was in attendance.

Moore did well in the morning workouts and when it came time for the field goal competition, head coach Dan McCarney and special teams coordinator Tommy Perry were watching him. Knowing the head coach was watching gave Moore something to work for during the competition.

“There was excitement because there was a goal to be reached at that camp,” Moore said. “My goal at that camp was to win the camp and get that scholarship.”

McCarney, who was already getting good reviews from Kohl, was impressed by what he saw in Moore that day.

“We can’t offer young men scholarships while they are on this campus, so as soon as he got out of the county, I called and offered him a scholarship,” McCarney said. 

Moore accepted the scholarship for many reasons, the biggest being his fondness for McCarney and Perry.

“One is Coach McCarney, He is an awesome guy, great coach and he has a lot of enthusiasm,” Moore said. “Coach Perry is really serious about special teams. Other places tell the kickers to do whatever they like. Not here.”

Moore was able to beat out last year’s kicker, junior Zach Paul, and has now solidified his place as the first kicker on the depth chart. After hitting his fifth field goal against SMU, McCarney had one simple statement for Moore.

“You’ve earned your scholarship,” McCarney said.

Moore said that so far he has felt welcomed by the team, and that he really looks up to the older players.

“They really want to hit six, get to that bowl game and win it,” Moore said. “I’ve learned from them to really keep my nose down and do what I can do to the best of my ability.”

So far Moore already has a Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week award under his belt. But Perry doesn’t want to put too much pressure on Moore.

“He has a chance to be real good, but we can’t say that just because he had five field goals in his second game that he is going to be an All-American,” Perry said. “There are so many things that go into becoming successful and then maintaining that success and he hasn’t proved all of that yet.”

Moore said he is just focusing on when his next kick will be and is concentrating on his job. He said he is confident when he goes out to attempt a field goal.

“Go out there and tell yourself you are going to make it and you are going to go right down the middle,” Moore said.

Featured Image: Freshman kicker Trevor Moore practices kicking the ball through the uprights during practice on Sept. 4. Moore has made every field goal he’s attempted this season. Photo by Ryan Vance – Staff Photographer

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