Several things precipitated the move, not the least of which was Moody’s 8-of-11 performance for 84 yards, including a pair of 20-yard touchdown passes without an interception in two quarters of work in the Jag’s Aug. 16 preseason scrimmage at home against Morrow.
“I just went out there and did what I know how to do,” said Moody, who was penciled in as the starter for the scrimmage when returning starter Zae Fuller received a concussion in practice two weeks earlier and was unable to play.
Originally this summer, Ashmore had been talking about moving Moody to quarterback at the end of the season once he got some experience on junior varsity. However, that timetable was drastically altered when Moody had a good scrimmage and Fuller — who started the last five games at QB last season — volunteered to move back to wide receiver which he played as a freshman .
“I’m not a natural quarterback,” said the lefty, who will start at WR and serve as the team’s back-up QB. “I always just wanted to play receiver.”
Ashmore called it: “One of the most unselfish moves I’ve seen in a long time.” Now Moody will pull the trigger in the team’s newly-installed, high-flying attack Ashmore brought from Jackson.