We probably should’ve figured this out when Kendall Moore, a senior, wasn’t included in Saturday’s Senior Day festivities for Syracuse Orange football. But now it’s confirmed. Moore will be granted a medical redshirt, per Syracuse.com. He’ll have one more year of eligibility remaining.
While Moore has played tight end the last couple years, the early part of his tenure with Syracuse shuttled him between that position and the offensive line. The O-line experience previously made him an asset in bigger, short-yardage sets that required extra blockers.
Though Cameron MacPherson has started every game at tight end this year, Moore has found himself on the field as well (again, for his blocking prowess). He’s caught one pass for 15 yards (vs. Louisville) this season. He’s appeared in three games, including the aforementioned Cardinals contest, plus UConn and Wake Forest.
In Moore’s career, he’s caught 14 passes for 150 yards and two scores (including the decisive points in the unfortunate nail-biter against Villanova back in 2014).
The NCAA is granting his medical redshirt based on him missing nine of 12 games last season with an injury. While Moore has struggled to stay healthy during his time at Syracuse, the 2015 was especially taxing on the injury front. He also suffered a concussion in 2014.
Moore would be the lone returning tight end on next year’s roster. The Orange plan to add two more during this recruiting cycle.