It’s hard to describe who is more excited about an announcement from Briley Moore Friday afternoon – the former Blue Springs South all-state receiver or Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson, a longtime friend.
“If Skylar’s more excited than I am,” joked Moore, “he’s REALLY excited!”
Moore, who won a 2015 Class 6 state championship with the Blue Springs South High School football and basketball teams, announced Friday that he will play as a graduate transfer at Kansas State University this fall. Moore, who starred for Northern Iowa in 2018 before spending most of last season on the sidelines with an injury, had entered the NCAA transfer portal on April 1.
Friday’s announcement triggered so many calls that Moore had to turn off his cell phone. However, one call he did receive was from Thompson, who led Fort Osage to the Class 5 state football championship in 2015.
Thompson can’t wait to hook up on the field with the 6-foot-3, 255-pound tight end.
“I’ve talked to Briley so many times over the years, telling him all the great things about K-State,” said Thompson, who will be a senior this fall. “Can you imagine, having that big body to throw to every Saturday? And as great – and I mean GREAT – as he is as a player, Briley is even better as a person. We’ve been friends since we were little kids and now, we’re teammates. Man, this is going to be fun.”
Moore, who is expected to be a possible NFL draft pick, played in just one game for the Panthers last season after suffering a shoulder injury in the season opener at Iowa State.
Moore fractured his coracoid and scapula in his shoulder, but is now fully recovered and ready for this final season of college football.
He redshirted, which allowed him to graduate and gain a grad transfer year. He will graduate in May. He had 39 catches for 536 yards and four touchdowns in 2018 for UNI.
“First and foremost, I want to thank everyone at UNI because it was an amazing experience for me and I am leaving with nothing but love for the school and its football program,” Moore said by phone late Friday. “I had an amazing experience playing football there, I met my fiancee Kailtyn in Cedar Rapids and we had our son Malachi there, so there are amazing memories on and off the football field.
“Now, with my fiancee and our son, I’ll be playing two hours from home so my family members can come watch my final season. I have so much respect for Coach (Chris) Klieman and Skylar and I know some other guys on the team – it’s going to be a seamless transition.
“Words just can’t even describe how I feel right now. God has blessed my life in so many ways.”