Offensive lineman Tyler Moore‘s journey to Gainesville was a circuitous route. He played his high school football at Countryside in Clearwater, FL, decided to go to Nebraska after high school, transferred back close to home to St. Petersburg Community College, then took his talents to Florida where he is now. Moore started out last season, his first year with the Gators, at the right guard position, but quickly moved to right tackle after the season-ending injury to Chaz Green. He ended up playing seven games, starting in six, before he too was lost for the season with an injury. The way he got injured was just the way Florida’s season had gone: Moore was injured in a scooter accident, breaking his right elbow in the process. He had also missed the Tennessee game after injuring his ankle during the Miami game. It’s no wonder the offensive line struggled last year. But this year, Moore’s healthy and the offensive line should be more stable.
Coming out of Countryside High School, Moore was a highly sought after offensive tackle. The 6-6, 350 pound lineman ranked as the 15th-best OT, 31st-ranked player in Florida, and 150th player in the country, according to 247 Sports composite rankings. He ended up choosing Nebraska over Florida, Cal, Clemson, and Florida State. His father, Brian Moore, played tight end for the Cornhuskers in the 80s and his cousin, Jay Moore, played defensive end for the Huskers from 2004-06, which may have factored into his decision. After deciding to sit out his sophomore season for personal reasons, Moore felt comfortable enough with Will Muschamp and the rest of the Gators coaching staff to transfer to UF over FSU.
During his time in high school, Moore helped lead the Countryside Cougars to a 12-1 record his senior year, including advancing to the regional finals. In 2010, the Cougars rushed for over 2,900 yards and 45 touchdowns with him blocking. His junior year, Moore helped Countryside rush for 225 yards per game and an 11-2 record, being named class 5A All-State in the process. He was a three-year starter in high school which culminated in him earning a trip to the U.S. Army All-American Game.
Moore was off to a quick start at Nebraska, starting the first four games of his freshman campaign. He was just the 10th true freshman offensive lineman to start for the Huskers since 1973, and first ever to start the season opener. In Moore’s starts, Nebraska rushed for over 200 yards, including two 300-plus yard performances. He ended up being named to ESPN.com’s All-Big Ten Freshman team in his only year in Lincoln.
The injuries last season may prove to be a blessing. In a disappointing season, many players were able to get experience playing on the offensive line. But for Florida to get back to what it’s used to, Moore will have to be a major factor along the offensive line. Moore will likely start out the season where he was projected to start last season, at right guard. He’s a key cog in the Gators offensive success, and I’m sure Mike Summers and Kurt Roper are looking to him to help the offensive renaissance UF so desperately needs.