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Logan Moore Making Most of Move to Receiver

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MORGANTOWN -

Logan Moore did not transfer so he could sit on the bench.

When the redshirt junior first made the move from Fairmont State up I-79 to West Virginia University, he had his sights set on playing Division-I football, not just lending a helping hand in the practices that lead up to each game.

So when he began spring practice this year as the only quarterback not wearing a protective gold jersey, he saw it as a sign that perhaps he was meant to take his No. 16 shirt and move to a position where he wouldn't be out of place wearing white.

Just before the team broke camp for spring break, quarterback coach Shannon Dawson and receiver coach Lonnie Galloway spoke with Moore about moving to receiver and when the Mountaineers returned to the field, he transitioned there full-time.

"It's been fun," last season's Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year says of his new position. "I had a lot of learning to do, a lot of things to pick up on, but for the most part, I've been having a good time out there."

The first time Moore lined up to block at his position, Galloway asked him point blank if he had ever blocked before. He admitted that he hadn't and that other than playing defense in high school, he had never been asked to get physical the way that he'd need to if he wants to make a difference in his new group.

For a 5-foot-11, 200-pound quarterback, seeing the other side of the pass-and-catch equation has given Moore a whole new appreciation of what his buddies at receiver were going through every time he was the one getting them the ball.

"Growing up in quarterback meetings and stuff, you thought [receivers] were prima donnas, but getting out there and actually doing what they do, you realize how difficult it is," he says. "The practices are a lot harder at receiver. A lot more running, I'm not used to getting hit during practice, but route running has been difficult for me, so I have to learn the little things."

Luckily, Moore has plenty of willing teammates to take him under their wing and show them the ropes. Ahead of him at the slot position are Connor Arlia and Jordan Thompson, each of whom work with Moore each practice to ensure that he knows his responsibilities and executes them properly.

Then, after each group of plays during one-on-one or in team periods, Moore jogs over to the guys he used to share a position with and asks what he can do better. Quarterbacks Paul Millard and Ford Childress both believe Moore has made great strides with the receivers and they marvel as his ability to play two positions that demand such different abilities.

"I know I couldn't go out there and play receiver," Millard says, laughing. "I don't have that skill set, but he's pretty talented and he understands the offense and he picks things up pretty fast and he's doing a heck of a job, too."

His time at quarterback is helping, as Moore reflects back to where he wanted to see the receivers when he was passing them the ball and uses that knowledge to line himself up in his routes.

A quarterback knows where each of his targets should be at any time during the progression of a play and that is coming in handy each day for Moore.

"For him, playing quarterback, he knows the offense very well, just being in there with Coach Dawson and Ford and Paul," says Galloway. "It's good to have Logan in there. He's competing hard and right now, we're looking for those six, seven guys to go out there and play."

Moore knows that the opportunity to be one of six or seven players at a position is better odds than beating out Millard or Childress for the starting quarterback gig. He says if the staff asked him that he would move back to his old spot, but for now, he is a receiver and that is what he'll focus his attention on throughout the summer months and into the fall.

"I never knew what I needed to correct playing receiver and then getting some reps this spring, seeing it on film, Coach Galloway correcting me, I know what I have to work on in the offseason to get better," says Moore.

That work, coupled with the athleticism Moore naturally possesses, are what he hopes will land him some sort of steady responsibilities on game day this coming season.

After all, he didn't come to Morgantown to be a spectator. If he wanted to do that, he could just purchase a ticket.

"That's the reason I came up here. I didn't just come up here to sit on the bench and watch," Moore says. "I've been working my butt off to play, so hopefully I get some results."

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