When offensive tackle Tyler Moore left Nebraska prior to the 2012 season, it came as a shock. He was unhappy, and was going to a community college in Florida.
I remember having a few conversations with Husker Corner staff writer Jimmie Allen right after the news came out that Moore was leaving. We both thought that Barney Cotton was the issue. We speculated that Moore probably didn’t care for Barney, that he left because of Cotton. We were way off base. When I read an article by Richard Johnson of GatorCountry.com yesterday, I realized who the real problem was.
Tyler Moore can blame himself for his shortcomings while at Nebraska. To put it bluntly, the guy is soft, is emotionally fragile, and felt he was entitled to be a starter for the Huskers. A quote from Johnson’s article points to the fact that Moore felt he deserved more playing time.
Of course everyone wants more playing time, but I believe I should have gotten more playing time throughout the year, I was busting my butt all year practicing and trying to get some playing time and still only got a few plays here and there.
I am guessing that everyone on the team is busting their butt while practicing. I would hope that all of them want more playing time. If you are a competitor you should always want more. The difference between Moore and the rest is simple. He quit. He walked away, basically saying that he was taking his ball and was going home.
Moore claimed that he had lost his passion for football.
After going to Nebraska I just hated the game so I wasn’t ready to go back to it.
There have been several player who have transferred from Nebraska over the past few seasons. Cody Green, Braylon Heard, and Chase Rome are just a few of them. None of them, none, have ever cried about their time with Nebraska. Sure, many of them probably left because of a lack of playing time or personal issues with the coaching staff. They did not, however, claim that they were done with the game. They did not say that playing for Nebraska made them hate the game.
Tyler Moore is exactly the kind of guy that Nebraska does not need. Obviously the pressure and competition was just too much for him to handle. So he took his ball and went back to Florida. Now he has moved to guard and hopes to get more playing time with Will Muschamp’s Florida Gators. I hope that Moore has grown a thicker skin in the past year. He is trying to play with the big boys now. There is nowhere else for him to go if he cant hack it.
Maybe I am off base with the Tyler Moore situation. He might have just stopped loving the game and wanted to leave. It’s possible that Moore lost his competitive edge for one month until he contacted Muschamp and told him he wanted to be a Gator. Then again, maybe Moore is full of it.
His statements are all I can use in forming an opinion. Sure, he was a four star recruit, but it looks as though his heart doesn’t register in any ranking system. He couldn’t earn his way onto the field as a Husker, so he ran away instead of fighting for what he wanted. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are better off without him. There is no place for a diva on a football field, especially on the offensive line.