Logan Moore transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver this spring in hopes of finding playing time. He's found none, really, but the redshirt junior, a former two-year starting quarterback at Fairmont State, found himself as the emergency backup to Paul Millard on Saturday after starter Clint Trickett was knocked cold in the fourth quarter.
Moore (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) has spent the last few weeks taking exclusively quarterback reps as the third-string quarterback in place of injured Ford Childress. A former all-state quarterback at Fairmont Senior (Fairmont, W.Va.), Moore went on to finish top-five in Fairmont State football program history in passing yards (3,546), touchdowns (31), total offense (4,324) and completions (277) despite starting just his freshman and sophomore seasons before transferring up I-79 to West Virginia.
While he sat out last season due to transfer restrictions, Moore was named the 2012 Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year. He might just hold that position again this season, as he's worked as the scout team quarterback once again.
Got a chance to speak with Moore on Tuesday, and here's what he had to say:
Post-Gazette: Have you been getting added reps the last few weeks with the other QB injuries?
Logan Moore: “Not really. Clint kind of repped a little bit today, sort of practiced. I think we’ll be alright this week. I was pretty much standing around watching, just taking in the offense.”
P-G: If your number got called, would you be ready to lead the offense?
LM: “I don’t really know the offense as well; I’m not really involved in the game plan like the other quarterbacks. But if the situation came down to it, I think I’d be fine. We’d have to dummy down the offense a little bit, but we’d be alright.”
P-G: What was your mindset Saturday as you realized you were the backup?
LM: “I don’t know what would have happened. Probably just would have gone in there and ran the ball, maybe bubble screens and stuff.”
P-G: You're getting scout-team snaps, but what does that equate to in a typical week?
LM: “The scout team keeps me active so I don’t get rusty. I’m playing the position but I don’t take too many reps with the ones or twos, so that chemistry wouldn’t really be there if I went in.”
P-G: Have Millard and Trickett given you any advice?
LM: [laughs] “They joke around with me a little bit. Just to be ready, manage the game the best I can.”
P-G: What would the capability of the offense be if you had to go in? 80 percent? 90?
LM: “Honestly, I have a good understanding of all the plays, but the game plan changes a little bit week to week, so routes change. I have a really good understanding of the basic understanding, but there’d just be a few different plays.”
P-G: Speed of the game from Fairmont State to here would probably be a big change.
LM: “The speed adjustment would be big, since I’m not taking game reps.”
P-G: And QBs take some bigger shots at this level, huh?
LM: [laughs] “I know they do, but I miss it. I wouldn’t mind.”
P-G: What would you say your style as a QB is?
LM: “I guess you could say dual-threat, a little bit. I’d rather pass and just run when I have to.”
BONUS: We asked Millard how Moore would fare in an emergency situation: "Logan is an athletic guy. He can sling it. I think if he ever got the chance he’d be fine.”