Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore ready to step up after Rebels lost A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge to NFL
The Ole Miss Rebels not only have to replace QB Jordan Ta’amu this fall, they also have to replace WRs A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge.
That’s an unenviable task for new OC Rich Rodriguez, but the cupboard isn’t exactly bare. New QB Matt Corral will have at least one experienced receiver to work with.
That receiver is sophomore Elijah Moore, who is the team’s leading returning receiver. On Wednesday, RichRod said he likes the attitude Moore is bringing in this season (via OleMissSports.com):
“He’s a really good player with a great attitude,” Rodriguez said of Moore. “We don’t have a lot of veterans. It’s hard to say that he’s a veteran, but at the same time, he’s played a little bit and he’s one of the leaders of that group. He should have a big year for us.”
Moore recorded 36 catches for 398 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2018 (mostly after Metcalf was injured). He says he’s excited to take on more of a leadership role this fall:
“When D.K. went out, I felt like I had to step up,” Moore said. “It’s the same this year. If someone steps out, a young guy has to step up. It shouldn’t be difficult. You have to be ready. That’s why you got recruited here. You’ve got to know defenses. It isn’t just about being athletic. It’s about being smart. You have to be that type of player.”
Moore was a 4-star recruit coming out of high school. We’ll see if he can be the next big-time receiver to come out of Ole Miss.