Briley Moore announced via twitter that he will forgo the 2021 season and enter his name in the NFL draft.
Moore came to K-State as a grad transfer from Northern Iowa. He immediately clicked on the field with childhood friend Skylar Thompson, and put up 10 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown over the first two games of the season.
After Skylar’s was season ended on a dirty hit by a Texas Tech player, his production, much like the rest of the passing game, slowed substantially. He was still able to showcase his ample skillset, grabbing 12 Will Howard passes for 253 yards and a touchdown over the final 7 games, all while battling through a lower body injury. He finished the year with 22 receptions for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns.
It will always be a case of “what could have been” for Moore at K-State. If Skylar stays healthy, he was on pace to be an All-Big12 tight end. At 6’4, 250 pounds, his mix of size and athleticism opened up a new facet of the Wildcat offense. His ability to bulldoze a linebacker in the run game on one possession and run by the same linebacker in the pass game on the next play was a revelation for the tight end position in Manhattan.
Briley gave K-State a taste of what an elite tight end can look like in their offense, and it was sweet. I expect the coaching staff to further prioritize the position in the future.