Ford Award 2017: Week 2 nominee
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
"C.J. Moore. Senior wide receiver. Union High School."
C.J. has been a "go-to" receiver for Union over the past couple seasons. And he's verbally committed to Oklahoma State.
But last Thursday's win in the Backyard Bowl wasn't exactly the kind of start you'd expect from a Ford Award nominee.
"I had a very bad bust [on a route] when Peyton [Thompson] threw the interception and they took it and scored," Moore admitted. "That was my fault. I told the team that would be on me. Next time I get the ball, it'll be in the endzone."
And the senior wideout proved to be a man of his word. He scored on an 80-yard touchdown reception on the following series. It was the second of three touchdowns on the night for C.J. And he did it on just 4 catches for a total of 165 yards in a 59-40 win over Jenks.
When asked how he was able to bounce back, "You have to have a short memory," Moore replied. "That was instilled in me like, years ago; a short memory."
The way Union High School head football coach Kirk Fridrich sees it, this kind of success is no accident for the future OSU wideout.
"[It's] the work ethic that he comes with every day," Fridrich explained. "He's the first guy out. He's always the first guy in line for the drills; not looking for a way to rest. Even though he's got an opportunity to be a pretty good football player, he's always trying to hone his craft and become better."
So congratulations to wide receiver C.J. Moore of the Union Redskins for being our Week 2 Ford Award nominee.