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Moore gets the green light

Sophomore wide receiver Collins Moore, who suffered a torn labrum earlier in fall camp, made his first catch of the season this past Saturday against Tulane. Head coach Hugh Freeze expects Moore to play the rest of the season.
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After suffering a torn labrum during fall camp, sophomore wide receiver Collins Moore returned to action against Texas, but hauled in his first catch of the season against Tulane this past Saturday. 
 
Moore came into fall practice with a highly anticipated role in head coach Hugh Freeze’s new offense, but was set back by the injury. 
 
After missing the first two games of the season, it was unclear whether Moore would play this season, but Freeze believes that the team will proceed ahead and let him play out the season.
 
“It looks like we’re going to proceed with him playing,” Freeze said. “It’s just a long season. As you can see already, we’re getting beaten up some. We’re going to need him, and he wants to play. It looks like we’re going to proceed forward with it.
 
“Game six would be the end of it. There are several different ways you can go about it, but it looks like we’re going to proceed with him playing.”
 
On Saturday, Moore caught two passes for 25 yards and said he was happy to be back on the field.
 
“It felt pretty good to know that I’m back into it,” Moore said. “Being able to be out there with my team on Saturday and celebrating with my team in the end zone was a great feeling.”
 
Moore said that the journey back to health was rough, but it feels good to be back out there to help his team.
 
“It’s pretty rough sitting on the sidelines and watching them go out there and practice every day,” Moore said. “When things aren’t going right, you always want to be a part of it and it makes you feel like you’re more of the team.”
 
After getting his first real physical contact this past Saturday, Moore said he feels good so far.
 
“I feel good especially after getting in there Saturday and moving around at a game pace,” he said. “I’m wearing a brace, and I don’t really notice it much during a game.”
 
Despite missing practice and game time due to the injury, Moore doesn’t feel he has missed too much.
 
“I don’t look at it as being rusty,” Moore said. “I’ve got pretty fresh legs since I haven’t been out there as much. I feel great. It’s just more work in the film room, more so than on the field.”
 
Freeze said he’s looking for someone to step up at wide receiver opposite sophomore Donte Moncrief, who leads the team with 19 catches for 343 yards and four touchdowns. 
 
On Saturday against Tulane, Ole Miss completed a pass to 10 different receivers, but Freeze wants to see some consistency.
 
“It was good to see Vince (Sanders) make a nice catch,” Freeze said. “Ja-Mes (Logan) had a couple of good plays. We just didn’t throw it that much. They had a couple of drops also. Collins had a big catch. Philander (Moore) had a catch. We had a bunch of receivers that caught balls. We spread it around pretty good, which should help Donte.”
 
With Moore back in the mix, it could provide a spark for the Ole Miss passing game. Last season, he caught four passes for 69 yards. The Madison, Ala. native looks to his return from injury as motivation, especially this weekend against a team from his home state, No. 1 Alabama.
 
“Rolling in to Tuscaloosa this weekend, there is no pressure on us,” Moore said. “It feels good to know that I’m going to play a role in going down there and taking the fight to them.”
 
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