Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell is just 33 years old, but has already coached at five schools in eleven years in his climb up the college football ranks. He’s coached solid players at every stop, but to him, Terps wideout D.J. Moore is up there with the best.
Here’s what Bell told the media Wednesday:
“There are some great receivers in this league, and there’s guys that may catch more balls, and the only reason he hadn’t caught more balls is because we don’t throw it. We’re not throwing it a ton right now, going on [our] third quarterback, but he’s as good as I’ve been around.
“I didn’t recruit any of them, but I’ve been really fortunate to be around some good ones—as a GA at Oklahoma State with Dez [Bryant] and [Justin] Blackmon, to Memphis, we had a couple NFL guys, at Southern Miss we had a couple NFL guys, to North Carolina with [Ryan] Switzer and Quinshad [Davis]. I’ve been fortunate to be around some really good ones. And he’s as good as any of those guys.”
This isn’t a quote to take lightly, as Bell spent one year at Oklahoma State in 2009 as a quality control coach. That team had Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon at wide receiver, who both went on to be first-round picks.
Moore may not be a first-round talent, but after a great start to the season, his NFL stock is soaring. He currently leads the Big Ten in receptions (30) and receiving yards (403), and is the third in the conference with six touchdowns.
He’s also makes plays like this:
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