Texas Tech football: Best JUCO tranfers in program history

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No. 3: WR 2010-12 Darrin Moore

From Blinn College in 2010, Texas Tech was able to find one of the more productive red-zone targets in program history.   Using his 6-foot-4 frame, wide receiver Darrin Moore was a matchup nightmare inside the 20 yard-line finishing his career with 22 touchdowns in just three seasons, good for seventh in program history (tied with Mickey Peters).

In 2012 as a senior, the Irving, Texas native put together a fantastic season.  His 13 touchdowns that year are tied for the fourth-most ever by a Red Raider while his 92 catches are tied for seventh-most in the history of the program.  What’s more, he was fifth in the nation and second in the Big 12 in touchdowns that year as he earned second-team All-Big 12 honors.

He finished 2012 with 1,032 yards and averaging over eleven yards per reception.   That came after he put up 117 yards as a freshman in 2010 and 571 in 2011.

Three times in his career, he had double-digit receptions.  His career-high of 13 came in 2012 against Baylor.  He had 12 receptions for a career-high 221 yards and a touchdown against Texas State in 2011 and eleven receptions against Minnesota in the 2012 Texas Bowl, his final game as a Red Raider.  That tied the school record that had been set by Joel Filani in the 2006 Insight Bowl, also against Minnesota.

Additionally, Moore reached the 100-yard mark five times, including three times in Big 12 play.  And he had six games with more than one touchdown catch, including twice finding the endzone three times in a game.

As is often the case with JUCO products, Moore found some trouble at Tech when he was suspended for one game after an offseason DUI arrest in 2012.   Still, he proved to be far more reliable on the field than the vast majority of his fellow JUCO signees typically are.  And you could make the case that he has been Tech’s most physically dominant receiver over the last decade.