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Austin High's Freddie Moore.
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Austin High's Freddie Moore.

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Austin High's Freddie Moore

Austin High junior Freddie Moore has made an immediate impact on the Black Bears' program after moving to Alabama this summer.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound wide receiver, who earned player of the week honors in just his second week as a Black Bear, took a few
minutes after practice this week for 10 questions with Daily Sports Writer Brooke Milam:

Question: What is your favorite day of the week?

Answer: Friday. Game day. (Moore added that he has a hard time sleeping Thursday night).

Q: Austin unveiled orange home jerseys last week for the first time in several years. Why the change?

A: Well, I knew about it because someone told me, but it was supposed to be a surprise.

(Coach David Norwood) just said we needed to try something new. I think we're going to keep wearing them, but I'm not sure.

Q: You moved here recently from Tennessee. What brought you to Alabama?

A: I just moved down here from Memphis this summer to live with my dad (James Lee Moore). I played varsity last year at Melrose High School, and we went 10-2. I was a corner there, but Coach Norwood liked my height and speed as a receiver.

Q: What is something that makes this Austin team unique from other teams you have been on?

A: The focus. Coach Norwood says if you're not focused, don't come around here on game days.

Q: Is there anything different about football in Alabama and Tennessee?

A: Nothing too much. They're more serious about it down here though.

Q: Everybody knows about Austin/Decatur, but what is another game that your teammates have told you is a rivalry-type game?

A: I'm not real sure about all of them, but Buckhorn, because of their offense and mostly their defense. And it's a region game.

Q: What would you say is one of your prize possessions?

A: Well, I was player of the week from the Touchdown Club and I got a certificate.

I found out the day before I got it. Coach Norwood pulled me aside and took me in his office and told me. I was surprised.

Q: What has been your proudest moment on the football field so far?

A: The Hartselle game — I had a 40-something-yard catch. It was a screen pass that I ran with. It was exciting, we were coming out strong after
that.

Everybody was giving it everything they've got.

Q: Who is somebody you have liked to watch play growing up?

A: Chad Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals receiver). I like the way he runs and breaks off his routes.

Q: Do you have any special touchdown celebrations like Chad Johnson?

A: No. (Said smiling). Coach Norwood would probably take me out of the game or yell.

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