Former Yoakum Star’s UT Season Ends Early

A former Yoakum football star’s first season as a Texas Longhorn is over.
Freshman wide receiver Joshua Moore, announcing Sunday on Twitter that he is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. UT head coach Tom Herman announced on Thursday that Moore had sustained a severe shoulder sprain during Wednesday’s practice. Herman said Moore fell on his shoulder and would miss an extended period of time. Moore, a four-star blue chip prospect at Yoakum, appeared in six games this season as a true freshman, getting seven catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in limited action with the Longhorns. His lone touchdown came on an impressive 27-yard diving catch in the end zone against USC on September 15. Moore also missed the game against Baylor due to illness. Moore wasn’t heavily recruited by Herman at first, but after Moore decommitted from Nebraska, the Longhorns re-offered him and landed a commitment from him last January.

Moore was ranked as the No. 96 player nationally and the No. 10 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking.

No. 22 Syracuse and No. 23 Virginia broke long runs of being unranked and were among a record seven teams to move into The Associated Press college football poll after a season-high 11 ranked teams lost this weekend.

The top of the rankings was mostly unchanged. No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Michigan were idle and unchanged . No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame won easily.

The College Football Playoff selection committee releases its first ranking of the season on Tuesday.

The back end of the AP Top 25 was overhauled after nine of the 11 teams ranked Nos. 15-25 lost. Seven teams going from unranked to ranked is the most since the AP poll expanded to 25 in 1989. Eleven ranked teams overall losing is the most since the weekend of Nov. 26, 2016. And eight ranked teams losing to unranked teams is also a record for the Top 25 era.

Syracuse is ranked for the first time since 2001 and Virginia is in for the first time since 2011.

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