Before breaking for spring break, TCU held a closed scrimmage on March 8.
Nothing reportedly of note happened, except for one interesting tidbit: Jordan Moore, who was moved from running back to receiver at the beginning of camp, hauled in a touchdown on a vertical route.
“It’s probably his most natural position, if you can believe or not. If I could put some hurdles down the sideline he’d probably feel at home,” TCU coach Gary Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram of Moore, who won the Big 12 track title in 60-meter hurdles last month.
This is the fourth position Moore has played since signing with TCU out of Atlanta. He began his career at safety, moved to linebacker before switching to offense at the end of the 2012 season. Days before the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Moore tore his ACL, but was able to recover in time for the 2013 football season.
The Horned Frogs entered the spring in solid shape at running back with B.J. Catalon, Aaron Green and Kyle Hicks, with four-star signee Shaun Nixon joining the crew in the summer. In a backfield that was less crowded last season, Moore only got 20 carries.
Receiver is a much less settled position in Fort Worth, and a position at which Moore could make a much bigger difference.
Before the spring, LaDarius Brown, who tied for a team high in receptions last season, was booted off the team. Meanwhile, Trevone Boykin has been working almost exclusively at quarterback again this spring after giving the receiving corps a boost late last season.
Josh Doctson, David Porter, Ty Slanina, Ja'Juan Story and the mercurial Brandon Carter all return. But with TCU transitioning to a spread attack under new coordinators Doug Meachem and Sonny Cumbie, the Horned Frogs need more playmakers at the position.
They might have found one in Moore.
At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he has the size to be a physical presence on the perimeter. The track star has the speed, too.
And if he keeps hauling in passes downfield this spring, he could be a valuable shot in the arm to the TCU receiving corps in the fall.