Thursday, October 6, 2016

Alcorn State's Moore, Gardner making most of drop to SWAC

LORMAN, Mississippi -- Alcorn State wide receiver Collins Moore prays before each practice, thanking God for the opportunity to play football after battling major injuries throughout his career.

He may no longer be playing at Ole Miss — where he spent five seasons before receiving a sixth year of eligibility — because of his extensive injury history and transferring to Alcorn State. But Moore is happy to play the sport he loves even though he’s no longer on a team that has an indoor practice facility or issues plenty of Nike-provided gear.

“It just shows you need to appreciate the things that you do have,” Moore said. “We’re fortunate to have 2 ½ really good practice fields. It’s just outside. We have everything that the bigger schools have. It doesn’t make too much of a difference to me.”

Moore is one of three Braves who have transferred from a Power 5 program, joining right tackle Timothy Gardner (Indiana) and wide receiver Jaborian McKenzie (Vanderbilt). McKenzie leads the team with 21 catches for 314 yards, while Moore has four receptions for 46 yards and has returned punts. Gardner has been the team's starting right tackle while battling a foot injury.


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