Let the "Year of Ronnie Moore" commence. Lord knows he's patiently waited for his turn to be the featured target in Bowling Green's high flying passing offense.
Gone are Gehrig Dieter to Alabama as a graduate transfer, Roger Lewis to the NFL with the New York Giants, Ryan Burbrink to graduation, and Alex Bayer to the NFL and the St. Louis Rams/San Diego Chargers.
With that kind of depth in pass catchers, it's no wonder the Falcons have won three straight Mid-Moore is the lone holdover from those star-studded wide receiving units of recent years at Bowling Green.Conference East Division titles and two MAC Championships the last three years.
Moore finally is the "go-to guy" in the Falcon's up-tempo offense that has been so good at throwing the ball around. Trouble is, Moore and the Falcons are also missing another important ingredient this year. Gone too is Bowling Green's record setting quarterback Matt Johnson, lost to graduation.
Senior James Knapke will step in and take control of the Falcon offense this year, for new head coach Mike Jinks. This will be the third head coach Moore has played for in his four-year career at Bowling Green. Such is life at a mid-major program....especially a successful one.
Moore burst on the scene as a true freshman and immediately was utilized by then Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson for his exceptional speed. Moore was recruited out of Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida and has unique level speed for the MAC. At 5'9" and 170 pounds his size undoubtedly prevented some of the bigger schools from offering him a scholarship.
His freshman year at Bowling Green, Moore played in all 14 games and had 28 receptions for 547 yards and a team leading seven touchdowns. His real coming out party that year was in the 2013 MAC Championship game when the Falcons defeated Northern Illinois. Moore had four catches for 145 yards and touchdown in that nationally televised game.
In 2014, Moore had 56 catches for 690 yards and seven touchdowns for the Falcons. Last year, he had 72 catches for 954 yards and six touchdowns. He had another rushing touchdown and totaled 1,046 total all-purpose yards. He was named third team All-MAC at wide receiver last year, and was named to the Biletnikoff Award and Paul Hornung Award watch lists for this year (2016).
Moore will provide veteran leadership this year as the Falcons passing game will rely heavily on younger, unproven players at the wide receiver position. Teams will undoubtedly double team Moore to force the Falcons to put the ball in the hands of the younger players. But, don't be surprised if Moore and the Falcons don't hit a home run or two on their patented bubble screen on a few teams this year.