Yet another Syracuse Orange football player has announced they’ll transfer. On Monday, tight end Kendall Moore shared his decision via Twitter.
It was the best of times playing for @CuseFootball ,but i have officially made the decision to transfer for my fifth year of eligibility.— BlackBeltKdot (@_KDOT87) December 26, 2016
Moore, who was granted a fifth year of eligibility after dealing with injuries all season, bounced around between the offensive line (center) and tight ends while at SU. In four seasons, he caught 14 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. His biggest catch was probably the eventual game-winning score against Villanova in the disastrous 2014 game.
The Chicago native is the latest in a long line of Orange players to leave the program this offseason, all for a variety of reasons. For Moore, one might guess the reasons are likely related to tight end usage, which went down significantly in year one of Dino Babers’s offense. In 2016, Moore caught just one pass, while tight ends caught six passes total.
Moore’s departure means there will be zero returning tight ends on the 2017 Syracuse roster. JUCO tight end Ravian Pierce has already signed his letter of intent, while incoming high school recruit Aaron Hackett also plays the position.
Along with Moore’s departure, recent roster moves have also included the additions of Notre Dame transfer Devin Butler, JUCOs Pierce and Ryan Guthrie, and freshman signee (and one of SU’s highest-rated recruits) Nadarius Fagan. All accounted for, that’s 58 scholarships for 2017 right now, with 27 still available to get to the 85-scholarship ceiling for the FBS.