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Road to History: Elijah Moore didn’t slow down against Alabama

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Catch the ball. Get a first down. Hand to referee. Repeat.

Josh McCoy-Ole Miss Athletics

Week three of the Ole Miss football schedule was very good to Elijah Moore despite falling to the Alabama Crimson Tide in a back and forth score-fest.

Moore, if you’ve been reading the very best Ole Miss blog in the world wide web, entered the game against Bama on track to shatter the single season reception record held by Starkville Mayor AJ Brown. Our Tennessee Titan handsome son AJ snagged 85 passes in his record breaking season, and Moore is now even closer to the goal of reaching historic prominence.

I think I can speak for all of the Cup when I say we figured Moore would be keyed on and minimized in effectiveness by Alabama, because well, he had 20 catches in two games coming into the game. It’s no shocker he is one of our go-to offensive threats.

But misdirection, supreme play calling, and Moore’s undeniable ability to create space negated whatever the hell Bama tried to do to stop him. Eleven (11!) catches for 143 yards later, and Moore is now at 31 receptions through three games of the 2020-shortened ALL-SEC season.

So to further the point of how incredible this has been - Moore is at a record breaking pace against the perennially difficult defensive SEC foes, not cupcakes by any stretch of the imagination.

We popped the latest catch totals into our supercomputer to update our record tracker, and here’s what the bad boy spit out.

If he can maintain his current ridiculous pace, Moore will end the season with 103 catches and 1,540 yards (seems good). This would not only crush the single season reception record, but it would also put Moore atop the career reception list led by alumnus Laquon Treadwell.

It has been a remarkable start, and it is clear Moore is doing all he can to cement a phenomenal legacy in his junior year. Now, records aside, if the Rebels can just add to the win column, we believe that’s the ultimate goal, according to Moore, for this season.

So how many catches will Moore end the season with? Does he become governor if he does it or what title should he be given? Comment below or tweet @redcuprebellion with your predictions and suggestions.