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Bubba Moses led Oklahoma tight ends with 17 catches last season, 10 more than he hauled in during his first two seasons as a Sooner. That number could very well go up in 2005 as the 6-foot-3, 237-pound Houston product figures to be a key target again in OUâ€™s high-powered offensive attack.
Sooner Spectator caught up with Moses after a recent practice to ask him about his role as a senior and about the offense:
Sooner Spectator: What do you feel the role of the tight ends will be this year?
Bubba Moses: I feel we are going to play a big role. Weâ€™ve played a pretty big role in past years, but I think with some of the guys leaving from last year, that the tight ends will have to step up a lot. Not only in the passing schemes, but in the blocking schemes as well.
SS: Then do you feel that since youâ€™ve been at OU that your role has changed significantly?
Moses: No. I feel itâ€™s been the same since day one, Iâ€™ve just been used more in passing situations. But this year and last, weâ€™ve been blocking more and also we are being used more in the passing game. So I think itâ€™s going to be a big year for the tight ends.
SS: How did you feel once Paul Thompson was named the starter?
Moses: Both of the guys are wonderful quarterbacks, (Paul) and Rhett. I feel we can win with either one of them on the field. So to me, they are both worthy of being the starter.
SS: So now that Thompson is seeing regular action as the starter, how do you go about creating the right kind of chemistry to where he can trust you?
Moses: You just do your job. If you are in a passing situation and he throws you the ball, you got to catch it or he is going to think twice next time your open. If itâ€™s in the blocking game, then you better hit your guy and make sure he canâ€™t make a play or a tackle on the quarterback or running back. Itâ€™s something that comes from working hard in practice all week.
SS: Has the battle for playing time among the tight ends been pretty competitive so far?
Moses: Yeah, it has been tough. But whether itâ€™s on or off the field, we learn from each other. Thatâ€™s the beautiful thing about it. We learn from the other, and one guys pushes the other guy to play harder. Nobody looking down on nobody, and weâ€™re all coming together. Weâ€™re all going to have our time on the field, itâ€™s just a matter of what you do with the opportunity.
SS: Is there anything that you have tried to improve on this summer?
Moses: Mostly what Iâ€™ve improved on is my route-running. I think that is going to make me a better player this year, and also my blocking. Iâ€™ve worked hard on blocking schemes this summer, and I think that has improved as well.
SS: Tell me about your blocking ability. Is that something that you are now beginning to take a lot of pride in?
Moses: Absolutely. I mean because in the running game, the tight ends plays a major part. Especially rushing to the edges, where the quarterback or running back can hit it outside. If Iâ€™m doing my job, then they have a better chance of breaking a long run if the defensive ends or outside linebackers are being blocked.
SS: Have you become more of a leader this year with so many guys departing from last year?
Moses: Yeah, but I try to lead by example by not talking as much and just showing on the field by making plays. Even off the field as well, and thatâ€™s where Iâ€™m more vocal. Weâ€™ve got a lot of upperclassmen, like Travis Wilson and J.D. Runnels, who have been great leaders for the younger guys and the true freshmen.