The 90 Illini #75: Griffin Moore
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I really don't know how to fill in the "year in school" portion for these. For the last 10 years, it was easy. If they haven't used their redshirt year, they were "4 to play 3" or "2 to play 1" or whatever. If they had, "3 to play 3" or "2 to play 2" and so on.
With the Covid waiver, Griffin Moore is 4 to play 4. But dozens of players won't get that opportunity. Schools have to keep their scholarship players at a firm 85 starting next year, so lots of 4th-year and 5th-year players with eligibility remaining won't be asked to return. So with a third year player who has already redshirted (like Griffin Moore), he has three eligibility scenarios that might play out:
- Play this season and next season but not return after that. He'll have had his four years of a guaranteed scholarship and that's that. If he chooses, he could transfer and use his final two years of eligibility elsewhere.
- Play the next three seasons but not be asked to return for a sixth (basically, his Covid "bonus" year). He could then technically transfer and play that final year of eligibility.
- Play four more seasons. Arrived in 2019 and redshirted, played in 2020 but the season didn't count, 2021 is his freshman year, 2022 sophomore, 2023 junior, 2024 senior.
Yes, he could also transfer after this next season, but that's a player choice, not a coach choice. The coaches will choose one of the three scenarios above. So perhaps under "year in school" I should put "might be here 2, 3, or 4 more years".
75. Griffin Moore
Uniform number: 43
Year in school: Redshirt Freshman (3 years to play 3; with the Covid rule, technically 4 years to play 4)
Height: 6'-4" -- Weight: 245 lbs.
Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois
High School: Bloomington HS
Offers: Illinois, Illinois State
Tom Cruise rating:
2020 statistics: Played in the final 2 games (Northwestern and Penn State)
Moore was a quarterback at Bloomington HS, but Lovie's staff saw him as a college tight end. He got an early offer, committed early (mid-March), and that was that.
He then redshirted in the fall of 2019 as he learned his new position. Last fall, as a redshirt freshman, he appeared in two games, and now he returns for a third year (in a new offensive scheme).
With all of these players moving to tight end, it will be very interesting to see two things this fall:
- How many tight ends are used? Is it a rotation of three guys or do they go as deep as five because there's a lot of three-TE sets?
- What's the order of the tight ends? We know that Barker and Ford will be 1-2, but if there's a 3-4-5 after that, who will it be?
That will be one of the more interesting battles at camp. With the players moving to TE and the players coming in (like MSU transfer Max Rosenthal) and even walkon tight ends arriving on campus, I think there will be 13 tight ends at the first practice. Put Barker and Ford to the side, and that's 11 guys all battling for what might be a lot of snaps, especially blocking snaps.
Which means this is a huge camp for Moore. He's a third-year player now and had the benefit of going through spring ball in the new scheme. Now is the time to make a push for the top of the depth chart.