"The first week I came back, we played Noxubee
County, and I had a rough night. The game went by so fast. Everybody was moving
100 miles an hour and my thought process was not working like normal. I was real
rusty, both mentally and physically. I did not have a good game, but we faced
another good team Friday in Aberdeen and everything went back to normal."
Clayton Moore returned to the field against Noxubee County probably
a little too early, if truth be known, but this past Friday he was healthy and
it showed as he had a breakout game against previously unbeaten Aberdeen.
back is 100% now," added Clayton Moore. I was out for 3 games, and I was
one miserable person watching from the sidelines, but now I am back 100%."
6' 2", 205 signal caller torched Aberdeen's defense for 284 yards of offense
and 4 TD's in their 35-14 victory.
of the plays against Aberdeen tested his back, as Clayton in normal fashion, ran
through a defender instead of around him.
"I just go out there and
play football. I am not going to start trying to protect my back. I would not
play well if I did that. I am just glad to be out there. If I have to put my head
down, I put my head down. That is just the way I play."
to the field was not the only good news for the defending 3A champs, as Clayton's
main playmaker came back after a 5 week layoff from an MCL injury.
when me and Dennis Thames ran out there on the field for the first time against
Noxubee County, it felt so good. I play as good as Dennis plays, and not having
him out there this year has been tough on me and our team. He is my crutch. We
work so well together. He is just such a great player. Dennis had 4 TD's too.
He caught all three of my TD passes and he ran one in too. When he is not on the
field, I miss him. I am the leader on offense, and he is the leader on defense.
They look for him to make plays and I do too."
has not even reached its peak yet.
"We are not near where we could
be. We have a lot of talent on our team. Different teams hit their stride at different
points. Last year, we did not peak until the second playoff game. Dennis got injured,
and he is not as fast as he was. Then I got hurt, I am not nearly as sharp as
I was. When he gets his speed back, and I shake the rust off, we are going to
take our play up another notch. We have a lot of younger guys who are getting
better every day like our sophomore safety, Blake Cunningham. We also have a junior
receiver names Markeith Tripplett. He is really/really good. I know Ole Miss likes
him a lot. We just have not near hit our peak yet."
Moore was very
impressed with a sophomore RB from Aberdeen.
"The only thing I know
is that his last name is Love, and he might be the fastest player I have ever
played against. He can fly, I mean fly. On one play, he broke out of a tackle,
and we had four of five guys surrounding him with the angle, and he broke it for
a long TD. And the thing is, when he got to the endzone, our nearest guy was at
the 15 yard line, and they had a head start on him. I have never seen anyone as
fast as that running back."
Although Clayton committed to Ole Miss
early, several top notch programs continue to make contact to see if he is still
"Oregon made contact and told me that my scholarship was still
good, and they want me to come up there for an official visit, but I told them
thanks but no thanks."
The 2007 Clarion Ledger All-State selection
watched the Ole Miss/Alabama game as any fan would.
"When I first
started watching it, they jumped out to a 24-3 lead. I was like, dang. I was not
too excited about how the game was going. But during the interview at half-time
that they had with Coach Nutt; they asked him what he was going to say to his
team, and he said that he was going to tell them we got to keep playing. And lord
and behold, they came back. You have to understand, I get real emotional when
I am watching Ole Miss. I am usually not too fun to be around when I watch Ole
Miss. That is why I like to watch the games by myself most of the time."
has been some criticism from the media and fan base from the inconsistent play
of their starting QB, Jevan Snead, but Moore does not agree.
Snead has played great. I have been to all of the home games, and I watched the
Wake Forest, Alabama and Florida game on TV. I have seen every snap he has played
this year, and I have been impressed with him all year. A lot of people put him
as the savior, like Eli (Manning). Although he might be a sophomore, he is just
a freshman on the field. The Alabama game was only his 7th start as a college
QB. You show me any QB who does not make mistakes when they are 7 games into their
college career. I personally think Snead is doing about as well as any first year
starter I have watched. I can't wait to get up there and learn everything I can
from Jevan. I want to soak up everything I can possible learn from."