Moorer hopes to have breakout season with Hubbard

HUBBARD — Hubbard senior running back Tyreq Moorer is hoping to be next in a line of great Hubbard running backs, a line that includes the likes of Shaun Lane, L.J. Scott and George Hill. However, success in Moorer’s senior year won’t come without its challenges.

Moorer injured his back in the offseason, which prevents him from doing squats. Moorer, who benches between 235 and 245 pounds, did lose 20 pounds in the offseason, despite the injury.

If that wasn’t challenging enough, he’ll also need to adjust to some new faces up front. Hubbard loses plenty of experienced offensive linemen from last year’s 8-3 playoff team, as just three guys with prior experience return for 2017.

“We’re looking pretty solid. We got a nice, big line, so hopefully they do the same as they did last year,” Moorer said. “(I have) a little bit of concern (about the line), but I don’t know. We got Davion (Daniels) coming back — he’s a nice quarterback. He’s a good running athlete too.”

Moorer, who’s played football for the last 12 years, says he’s 90 percent recovered from the back injury. Moorer attends therapy three times a week, and continues to build strength in the weight room, despite being limited in some of his workouts.

Defensively, meanwhile, Moorer will compete for one of the two vacant outside linebacker spots, which are left open by the departing David Hernandez and Dillon O’Hara.

“I just want to be like David Hernandez,” Moorer said. “He was a pretty good outside linebacker last year, (and) I hope I can replace that spot.”

The main attraction, however, is his running ability. The Eagles have been a successful running team due to their star power at the position, not to mention, a big, physical offensive line up front.

Moorer, who says that the Hubbard coaching staff always does a good job of putting players in position to succeed, has already experienced some personal success of his own. In 2016, Moorer rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and will look to keep the momentum going in 2017, despite the inexperience on the offensive line and the back injury.

“I think his conditioning is a lot more improved than a year ago. I think he understands that he’s going to be called on to have a bigger role this season,” Eagles coach Brian Hoffman said.

With that said, Moorer certainly hasn’t shied away from the big expectations placed upon him this season. Rushing for 1,000 yards would definitely be a good start, but Moorer is thinking even bigger.

“I want to get at least 1,500 yards this year.”