The former Appalachian State running back is working out in Florida with Bommarito Performance Systems. Moore dedicated his time to recovering from an ankle injury that shortened his senior season, as well as setting up his professional career.
Moore knocked out a major milestone during the NFL Combine last week. During that time, Moore interacted with more than 20 teams — including formal interviews with five franchises — while also dominating the only workout he competed in.
But mainly, it was about D.G.A. That’s an abbreviation that Stu Holt, App State’s former running backs coach, drilled into Moore’s head. It means dreams, goals and aspirations. That starts with the ball, Moore said on Monday. That’s what he hoped he briefly demonstrated in front of NFL executives in his four days around Indianapolis.
“We’re at the professional level now, and everybody’s job is to get the ball or get the man with the ball. I think they want somebody who’s strong enough, tough enough to protect that ball,” Moore said Monday when recalling his old coach’s slogan. “... It makes sense now. Everybody on that team, staff, everybody who put something into your team or whatever school you play for, that’s everybody’s dreams, goals and aspirations. You want somebody to be able to secure that.”
Moore finished his App State career with 3,570 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns. But his final season in 2018 ended early after breaking and dislocating his right ankle Oct. 9 on a 27-yard touchdown run against Arkansas State.
The injury forced Moore to miss the Senior Bowl. After being the first player to accept an invite to the game, he could not compete in the annual showcase event.
Moore said when he arrived in Florida for training, he was still in a walking boot. He focused on getting his ankle 100-percent and regaining his endurance. But that didn’t allow him to train for specific events, like the 40-yard dash. That’s why Moore opted to participate only in the bench press.
But in that lone workout, he rattled off 27 reps of 225 pounds, giving him the second-highest total in the event among running backs. The only player to beat Moore's total was Kansas State’s Alex Barnes, who notched 34 reps.
Moore, a Shelby native, will go through all other combine drills March 28 during App State’s pro day. But he wasn’t going to be surrounded by other NFL hopefuls and not participate at all.
“I can’t just go there and watch a whole lot of people competing,” Moore said. “And it’s already a dream come true that I made it to the combine, so I just wanted to be able to say I’ve done something, and that’s try to compete and be the best at that.”
The teams he interacted with, Moore said, didn’t seem nervous about his injury. They also made him feel like he could be a potential draft pick instead of being a free agent pickup.
Moore had meetings with the Houston Texans, the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Jets, the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. Those first three teams each have one former App State player on their rosters. Kendall Lamm started 13 games for the Texans last season; Ronald Blair had 5.5 sacks for the 49ers; and Doug Middleton played in seven games for the Jets before a torn pectoral ended his season.
All three of those players were on App State’s 2014 roster, when Moore was a true freshman. None of the previously mentioned teams seemed too worried about Moore’s ankle.
“I just feel like teams, they’ve seen stuff like this before,” Moore said. “They’ve seen how certain people react to them and how certain people overcome them.
"From what I got, I felt like they know I’m the type of person that’s going to overcome this because they really didn’t put too much thought into it.”
Moore is proud of his past, specifically his ability to prove people wrong. He was under recruited out of high school, turning his anonymity into a stellar college career. Moore rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his sophomore and junior seasons. That includes a 1,402-yard season in 2016, when Moore was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
For Moore, none of that matters. It’s about heading toward the professional career he’s dreamed about since he picked up a football.
“I’ve come so far, man. When you just keep overcoming stuff and you keep succeeding at stuff, it kind of builds your brain into a robot — I really don’t feel as human as I did, if that makes any sense,” Moore said. “It’s just like I’m a machine. I’m moving, I’m moving, I’m moving, and I’m not even focused on looking back.
"I don’t want to look back at anything. It’s a long story. When I’m finished at everything, that’s when I’m going to look back. There’s no need to look back right now. I’m just moving forward.”