By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
There’s never been any questioning Logan Moore’s desire to excel.
Whether it be in the classroom, on the field or in life, those who know the Fairmont native say that he was born a competitor. Some even say that he came out of the womb holding a football and that he slung it to the doctor for six.
Regardless of what anyone says, though, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff have seen the competitive nature of the 5-foot-11, 200-pound quarterback as beneficial to the program and put the one-time Fairmont Senior and Fairmont State gunslinger on scholarship earlier this month.
Not many know Moore better than his high school football coach and college coach, J.L. Abbott.
When the subject of Moore came up in a recent phone interview, Abbott didn’t need a question to be asked. He needed no segue into the conversation. The football coach wasted no time in emphatically sharing his opinion of West Virginia’s backup quarterback.
“He was without a doubt one of the most dedicated and hardworking players that I’ve come across,” said Abbott, who watched Moore set the Fairmont Senior school record for passing yards and touchdowns before moving on to Fairmont State.
Now back to Fairmont Senior, Abbott said he always knew that his one-time quarterback would find success after graduating from the Fairmont Senior program.
“Fairmont Senior was lucky to have him,” Abbott said. “We’re definitely glad to see that he’s been able to make it to the next level.”
After becoming one of the top quarterback prospects in the state of West Virginia, Moore kept his skill set local and committed and signed at Fairmont State.
There, he immediately made an impact and had one of the best freshman seasons of anyone in FSU history, passing for 1,874 yards and 18 touchdowns, being named the WVIAC Offensive Freshman of the Year in the process. He came back his sophomore season and threw for 1,672 yards with 13 touchdowns, placing him in the top five of nearly every passing category in the Fairmont State history books.
This, too, came as no surprise to Abbott, who watched from the sideline as a running back and tight ends coach with the Falcons.
“He was ahead of everybody else. He understood the game,” Abbott said of what he saw from Moore as he made the transition from duel-threat high school star to collegiate signal caller.
While he had success in the confines of Division II, Moore craved something else. He wasn’t satisfied with his current surroundings. He needed a challenge.
And so the decision to transfer to West Virginia and walk on to the football team came.
The move was imminent, Abbott said.
“He mentioned it. He definitely had interest in seeing how far he could go,” Abbott explained. “That’s just Logan. He’s a competitor.”
In 2012, Moore redshirted to complete his transfer requirements and ran the scout team offense for the Mountaineers. But then he would make his first step toward success at the Division I level. But it required a position change.
Moore harnessed his athleticism nd moved to wide receiver in Holgorsen’s pass-happy offense, seeing limited action.
But he never gave up. Instead, he did what was best for the team at the time and kept trucking along, making the best of his situation.
And then his time came.
With the quarterback position wide open and young receivers needing reps, Moore was inserted into the quarterback spot with Paul Millard while Clint Trickett sat out with injury.
“Quarterback is the position I played all my life,” Moore said during spring practice after he found out he would be in the QB rotation. “This is home to me.”
Offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Shannon Dawson thinks that Moore can push the competition and liked what he saw during the spring game, where Moore completed 10-of-21 passes for 109 yards and scurried for 35 yards on the ground.
Dawson likes Moore’s athleticism and, following the spring game, said, “Logan stuck out making some plays with his feet, hanging around and throwing it.”
While the depth chart slots him behind Trickett, Millard and JUCO transfer Skyler Howard, Moore has all summer to further impress coaches and prove that he can hang with the big dogs.
But if there’s one thing he can, Abbott said over and over, it’s compete.
“He’s not one of those Texas boys but that doesn’t mean squat,” Abbot said. “A competitor is a competitor. You just have to give him a look.”
Now on scholarship, Moore has got his coaches’ attention.
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