Thomas Moore is following a Tar Heel staple. The rising junior kicker has his work cut out for him as he replaced UNC graduate Casey Barth. The Tar Heels need the Chapel Hill native to step up and exhibit the incredible consistency Barth gave over the course of his career. Can Moore do it?
Thomas Moore has really only kicked in three games total. That’s right. His career total is only three games. Thomas did pretty well in those three games, though. The man lined up and kicked the ball against Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Maryland—going two-for-three on field goals. He was also 12-for-12 on extra points. The only single kick he missed was one kick over 40 yards.
The young guy will be looked to early and often next season. With Coach Larry Fedora running the spread offense at Chapel Hill, UNC looks to out-shoot a lot of other teams. This means that Moore’s number will be called on a lot.
Thomas looks to be mentally tough, too. The fact that he was born in Chapel Hill and went to UNC shows a lot about him. It means that he truly understands the atmosphere and legend around the Tar Heel campus. It means he set early goals for himself in football and he accomplished them. It means he’s truly loyal. That’s something that rubs off on teammates when they see that Moore chose to be a backup in his hometown rather than be a starting kicker elsewhere.
By UNC standards, Thomas Moore seems to be in a system where he can thrive. Larry Fedora is a true offensive mastermind and wants to score as many times as humanly possible. That means that Moore will be kicking a lot of extra points. This tempo will only help the rising upperclassman get his feet wet during the season. Tar Heel nation looks to be in safe hands.