MORGANTOWN - Logan Moore made an impact on the West Virginia University coaching staff in his first season on the Mountaineer football team, much the same way he made an impact in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in his first season at Fairmont State.
Moore earned Scout Team Player of the Year honors in his rookie season at WVU, though the Fairmont native would have rather been on the field putting up numbers similar to his freshman season at Fairmont State. He was named the WVIAC's Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and was an honorable mention pick to the all-conference team. He set a Fairmont State record for total offense, throwing for 1,874 yards and 18 touchdowns.
He followed that up with a solid sophomore year, again earning a spot on the all-conference team. But still, he yearned to play a role on a bigger stage.
"I knew I had a red-shirt year," Moore said. "I had a year to work out and get bigger and stronger. I told the coaches when I transferred here that I would do anything to get on the field."
That "anything" now includes getting some time in as a slot receiver. Moore is spending the spring learning both how to throw and catch passes.
"I'm still in the quarterback meetings and doing the drills," he said. "If I keep working hard and improving, I believe I have a shot somewhere."
Being an invited walk-on, Moore is biding his time during the quarterback drills behind scholarship players Paul Millard and Ford Childress.
But still, he says, it's better than being fodder for the varsity players during week. Last year, his role was pretending to be somebody he wasn't in order for the varsity defense to prepare of the weekend's opponent.
"Being in that position, I had the opportunity to show the coaches what I could do," Moore said. "But you still felt like an outsider.
"You got beat up a lot," he remembered. "I wasn't playing in the games, but I still had football pains."
This spring, he said he definitely feels more like a member of the Mountaineers.
"I'm happy to be here," Moore said, "and the opportunity to succeed is a lot higher."