The latest former Syracuse Orange football player has found a landing spot elsewhere this offseason. On Sunday afternoon, tight end Kendall Moore announced that he’ll play his final college season with the Texas Longhorns.
After a strong start to his career (six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown) as a freshman, Moore struggled with injuries and consistent playing time afterward. He was shuttled back and forth from the offensive line to tight end, and then last year, was hardly used at all (something he mentions in the Instagram post). He had just one catch for 15 yards as a senior for the Orange.
However, the injuries also give him a chance now to compete for more playing time at Texas. Though there are six tight ends on the spring roster for the Horns, they only caught a total of four last year (all by Andrew Beck). Along with an ability to catch the football, Moore will bring his elite blocking ability to Texas as well.
Moore is the fourth Orange transfer to end up at an FBS program for next season. Corey Winfield will play his final season at West Virginia, while Austin Wilson’s final year will be at Coastal Carolina. Winfield and Moore will face in Morgantown, W.V. on November 18 this year. Jordan Fredericks will also suit up for UMass -- though not until 2018 after sitting out this season.
Trey Dunkelberger (Western Illinois) and Anthony Giudice (first Fordham, now Lafayette) will play at the FCS level next season.
Best of luck to Kendall at Texas. We’ll always have the 2014 Villanova end zone dance.