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Moore continues to add to legacy as one of the greatest kickers in program history

Moore continues to add to legacy as one of the greatest kickers in program history

November 01
22:32 2017

Senior kicker Trevor Moore walked onto the field after North Texas drove down the field on a wild 98-yard drive that gave the Mean Green a 28-26 lead over the University of Texas at San Antonio with 10 seconds left. In a game where two snaps had gone over the holder’s head, Moore seemed as relaxed as ever.

As he stood there, he embraced the moment and converted the PAT, putting the final point on the board in an unbelievable 29-26 victory over the Roadrunners.

He did not know it at the time, but with that extra point, Moore broke the record for most consecutive extra points made in North Texas history (122). The play secured his spot as one of the best kickers in school history.

“I didn’t even know until I saw it on Twitter,” Moore said with a laugh. “It’s always cool having a record under your name at a university that has been around for a while with a lot of kickers that have come through.”

Moore is now at 131 consecutive extra points made in his career. The record is just one of eight Moore has racked up in his time at North Texas, including the highest single-season field goal percentage (88.2), field goals made in a game (5) and career field goal percentage (78.2).

“The main thing is he understands the mental aspect of the game,” special teams coordinator Marty Biagi said. “More than anything, he has ice in his veins and a don’t care attitude, so he’s fearless.”

His consistency and focus is a major part of what has led to his historic career.

“It’s just staying calm and trusting my technique and ability,” Moore said. “I’ve been doing it for so long all the muscle memory [is there] and every moment is the same, so I just stay calm and do my job.”

For the past three-plus seasons, Moore has been a crucial and reliable weapon for the offense.

In his final year, though, he’s made 85.7 percent of his field goals. Even after missing one in last week’s game against Old Dominion University, Moore bounced right back to hit a field goal that tied the game at 38-38 with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter.

He’s someone head coach Seth Littrell sees as an essential piece to the offense again this year.

“We have a lot of faith and confidence in him,” Littrell said. “We know once we get to a certain point in the field we’re going to get points out of it. We can get more aggressive in play calling and take some shots. He’s a guy that everyone on this team respects.”

The respect has allowed him to be a leader on the team as a whole beyond his role within the special teams unit. After every practice, he’s in the weight room – and the rest of the team recognizes it.

“For him in general, he’s an athlete playing a skill position,” Biagi said, “I think those guys really respect that and he brings a lot of credibility to the special teams as a unit to hold them to the same standards.”

His attitude allows him to hit clutch kicks with ease, including the game-winner against the University of Alabama at Birmingham with seven seconds left on Sept. 23 this year.

In Moore’s storied career, he has connected on a plethora of important field goals that will always stick with him. None stick out more though than last year’s 37-yard field goal to send the Heart of Dallas Bowl to overtime with less than a minute to go in the game.

“The magnitude of the game and that being the only field goal I had [made it special],” Moore said. “I hadn’t kicked all game besides the PATs, so I was really fired up. I was hoping we’d pull it out in overtime, but things didn’t go the way we wanted.”

As Moore enters the final stretch of his last season at North Texas, he’s left more than his name scattered throughout the program. It’s a legacy that will be tough to live up to for any kicker in the future.

This has all been an experience he’ll hold with him long after he hangs up the No. 30 for good.

“The friendships I made are definitely one of the biggest parts I’ll take from it,” Moore said. “The experience has been unforgettable and I’ll talk about to my kids and grandkids about it when I’m older.”

Featured Image: North Texas senior kicker Trevor Moore attempts a field goal in a game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham at Apogee Stadium on Sept. 23. Sara Carpenter

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Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

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