Elijah Moore shares his motivation for moving on from 2019 Egg Bowl incident
Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore drew national attention last season after his fake dog pee incident in the Egg Bowl. But in the year since, and with the Egg Bowl on tap this week, Moore is looking for redemption.
Those around the program, including coach Lane Kiffin, have maintained that the incident doesn’t reflect Moore’s true character. But that doesn’t stop Moore from admitting that the national perception still may need t change, as well as proving the change to himself.
He’s certainly improved the outlook on the field, as Moore this season leads the SEC in receiving with 74 catches for 1,054 yards and 8 touchdowns.
“Just working hard and changing people’s perspective on me because they don’t really know the real me,” Moore said, per ESPN. “Not even to prove to everyone else, but just to prove to myself that an action like that wasn’t myself. Just to learn from it. That’s been the best part. Having a lesson like that to be learned and to grow from it and for people to see the growth.”
It didn’t take long for Kiffin to be convinced.
“You hear people say, ‘Well, that’s not who he is,’ or, ‘Man, that was so out of character for him,’ and maybe you think they’re just making excuses for a guy, trying to have his back,” said Kiffin, who took over for Luke on Dec. 7, 2019, only a week and a half after the Egg Bowl. “But the moment I met him, I knew that was for real. Anyone who knows Elijah knows that’s not who he is.”