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C.J. Moore Vows to Play the ‘Union Way’

By MIKE MOGUIN
Sports Writer

ACE RECEIVER: Union senior receiver C.J. Moore plans to attend Oklahoma State after graduation.


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Ask any Union player who are the toughest teams the Redskins will face in the upcoming football season, and it’s the usual: Jenks, Broken Arrow, Norman North and so forth.

But that’s not how wide receiver C.J. Moore sees it.

“Union will be our toughest foe,” he says.

Yep, the Redskins themselves.

“We’re going to be playing ourselves all year,” Moore says. “If we lose, I feel like it’s going to be on us. No team is going to make us make mistakes. If we make mistakes, it will be on us. If we mess up, it’ll be Union football that messed up.”

In other words, Union stands in the way of any chance of itself repeating as the Class 6AI champion. The key to winning it all again, Moore says, is just to play the “Union Way.”

“As a team, we’ve been doing conditioning and weight lifting. We’re doing a lot of different dynamic stuff,” he says. “We have a saying, ‘I got your back’ this year, meaning, if you have a downfall, I’m going to do something two times harder to pick up your slack. Just continue to play hard.”

So far, the Redskins have had a strong drive to get better.

“Everybody is competing, making sure everybody is doing what they’re supposed to. Everybody has that fire in their eye. Of course, everybody is going to have a target on Union’s back just because we won state, so everyone wants to beat us,” Moore says.
“Being one of the team leaders, I’m making sure everyone is doing what they’re supposed to as much as they can, as fast they can and being the best that they can,” Moore says. “Now that everybody is working hard, it has been a real good experience so far.”

Moore, who stands 6-5 and weighs 183, knows what he brings to the table — his height advantage.

“I feel like I have good hands, good feet,” he says.

He is aware new talent will be needed to step up this year. Gone to graduation are quarterback Grady Davenport, running back Shamari Brooks, receiver/defensive back Tre Brown, linebacker Kyrei Fisher and lineman Carter Hoopingarner. But Moore has an idea of who could be filling those voids.

“Every year, you’re going to have someone stepping up,” Moore says. “If we don’t, we’re going to have to make somebody step up. At running back, we got Keviyon Cooper and Darius Boone, at receiver, you got me coming back, and Peyton Thompson is stepping up at quarterback, which is a very hard position to play, but I feel like our quarterback is doing a very good job stepping up to that position.

“I feel like we’re pretty solid,” Moore says. “As much speed and athleticism that he brought, it’s going to be very hard to replace (Tre Brown). But I feel like Patrick Fields (committed to OU and expected to take over for Brown), he has had the dog in him since he was born.”

One anticipated highlight that will come Union’s way will be its season opener on Aug. 26, when it will meet nearby rival Broken Arrow on the road, in a late Saturday morning kickoff that will be televised nationally on ESPN.

“That’s crazy,” he says. “It’s a crazy experience. I know there is going to be a lot of people out there, and it’s going to be loud and crazy. But we got to stay focused and keep pushing and keep doing what we got to do.”

The game is scheduled for 11 a.m. that day.

One burden that will not be on Moore this fall is any college decision-making because he announced plans this past spring to go west to Stillwater. He believes he has Oklahoma State DNA.

“I have Oklahoma State blood. Everything is going through my body OSU,” he says. “The main reason why I chose Oklahoma State is because it is close to my family. My sister just had a baby. So, that way, I’ll be close to seeing her. My cousin Tracy Moore also played there.”

Yep. Moore is a cousin with Tracy Moore, who also had a stellar career with both Union and Oklahoma State. He chose the Cowboys over Ohio State, Oregon and Ole’ Miss.
“I envision myself being a franchise player, selling jerseys, playing for my team mostly, playing smart and of course, getting my degree, using my God-given talents to the best of my ability.”

Updated 07-25-2017

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