Joshua Moore: Pain and Glory

Joshua Moore is special on the gridiron. Over his final three years at Yoakum, as a Bulldog, he finished with 2,786 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns. He is a 6’1 170-pound blazer that is scheduled to report to the Texas Longhorns this June as he chose to stay in-state with his decision. He had plenty of options to choose from as a four-star Under Armour All-American with over 50 offers. At that point, he could pour his scholarships in the bathtub and swim in them. However, Moore is all too calm as this is just another phase in his life he planned for especially after losing his brother, Quintin, at the age of 13.

Moore speaks glowingly of God, his family, but, most specifically, Quintin, or “Q” as he calls him. Q was his world as, like most little brothers, he looked up to him. Moore’s older brother would share his plans in life among other things as well. Quintin was a 6’5 300-pound defensive end that Josh described as ferocious and struck fear into the opponents’ heart. He had dreams of going to Texas, but they came to an end when he died on June 18th.

“Losing my brother definitely brought my family and I closer together. It not only brought us together, but it also gave us strength and motivation to do whatever we wanted to do in our lives along with giving us a reason and purpose,” said Moore.

Moore’s family has become more close-knit and he attributes that to the solid foundation that is his mom and dad. They have helped him in many ways especially when he felt hopeless, lonely, or just needed someone to talk to. If no one was in his corner, he always knew he could count on them. Moore’s parents would shower him with unconditional love and get him the things he needed in football.

After losing his brother, Moore looked around at his surroundings and vowed to make it big and be someone from Yoakum that utilized their talents to the fullest extent. He described Yoakum as a town in which many had the talent to do big things, but few followed through. Moore has kept true on his word as he is the first person from his hometown to receive more than two Division 1 football scholarships from major schools. The 2018 receiver was also the first to be invited to prestigious high school events like the All-American game and The Nike Opening.

On the field, Moore has elite speed out wide with quick bursts in and out of cuts. He runs smooth routes with top speed, so it is hard to determine the kind route he is running. He is physical on the line of scrimmage and takes it personal when corners come up to press him. Moore catches the ball with his hands and can go over defenders with fluidity to snag the rock. He plays with passion and a bit of a quiet confidence as when he steps on the field he knows he’s “the man.” Despite his brother Quintin being twice his size, he feels like he possesses the same tenacity and ability to strike fear in opponents like him. Like any great player, he continues to round out his game as he illustrated what he is doing this offseason as he gets ready to transition to UT.

The Yoakum native stated, “Right now, I’m running track along with football training as well. I have a personal trainer that I go to on the days that I don’t have track meets and we work on footwork, agility, conditioning, and more. All the skills that I need to come in right away and contribute is what we’re working on.”

Moore is also learning to read coverages, knowing when to break off on his routes, and the nuances of getting open. He believes he will be a force to be reckoned with once he masters those skills.

Texas has been struggling to get back in the national spotlight since Colt McCoy finished playing for the Longhorns in 2010. They have lacked the star-studded talent that once inundated Austin or they just have not had players committed to the greater good of the program. Things appear to be on the rise for the five-star program with a rising star in head coach Tom Herman. He has Longhorn fans believing they are on the cusp of greatness with players like Kris Boyd, Collin Johnson, Shane Buechele, and Sam Ehlinger. Buechele and Ehlinger will have to duke it out under center.

Part of the excitement surrounding Texas revolves around them having a top five recruiting class, according to ESPN, entering Austin for the 2018 season that includes Moore. He believed it was important for him to go to a place where he could come in and have the opportunity to play right away. Also, he wants to be a difference maker and a part of the culture change in Austin. Moore believes Texas will shock a lot of people. Furthermore, he talked about what this moment would be like for Quintin.

“My brother had dreams and goals to do so many things in his life and when he died I took it upon myself to finish what he set out to do. One was being able to play at the University of Texas and now I’m here about to be playing at the University of Texas,” Moore illustrated. “I have a quote that I came up with a while back that says “your memory will never fade. I know this was your dream, this was our dream, our motivation, our reason for everything, but don’t worry Bubba I will complete our mission.’”

Moore isn’t shy about his plans for the upcoming season as he fully intends to make a big splash as a true freshman. He wants to be a freshman All-American, accumulate 1,000 yards, and win a national championship with the Longhorns. He will be wearing the number eight as a freshman, but plans on changing his number to six at some point to honor Quintin as their birthdays are six months apart.

The future Longhorn is mature for his age and already has a sense of purpose as he aims to motivate the youth. He wants to be remembered as someone who stood for something and gave everything his all. Moore has strong faith too in God and one of his favorite lines in the Bible comes from Romans 8:18. It reads, “The pain that you have been feeling can’t compare to the joy that is coming.” The future looks bright for Moore. At this point, it is just a matter of time as he continues to check items off of his checklist. A list that continues to dwindle as he ascends through the ranks.

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