Ole Miss junior receiver Elijah Moore has made the best out of a bad year in the grand scheme of things. Amidst a terrible pandemic, none or limited fans, and an all-Southeastern Conference schedule, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native made it a season to remember.
He’s been named a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award and has now been named a first team All-America selection by the Associated Press on Monday morning. The next great product from WRU becomes the 59th first team All-American in Ole Miss football history and the first since Evan Engram in 2016.
Moore, who opted out of the remaining games to begin his preparation for the 2021 NFL Combine and Draft, currently ranks No. 1 nationally in receiving yards per game (149.1) and receptions per game (10.8). He’s also 16th nationally with eight receiving touchdowns and 12th in all-purpose yards per game (158.3).
His 1,193 receiving yards this season is third all-time in Ole Miss’ single season record book. His 2020 season comes up just 127 yards shy of AJ Brown’s 1,320 yards in 2018. He also came up short of breaking Laquon Treadwell’s career mark of 202 receptions by just 13.
With all that said, Elijah did a ton of fun things so let’s enjoy it together, shall we?
Head coach Lane Kiffin had high praise for Elijah last month, dubbing him a reincarnation of the former Carolina Panthers’ receiver.
11 P: 1RB 1TE 3WR— Damian Parson (@DP_NFL) November 24, 2020
Elijah Moore is one of the top slot wrs in the nation. Scissors concept, Corner/Post combo.
Puts the safety in no mans land w/ two vertical stems.
He is electric before & dynamic after the catch! Can’t wait to dive deeper into his film. ⚡️#CRFB pic.twitter.com/uQmcb9cN1u
Let’s start in the season opener against Florida. As the tweet mentions, this vertical route up the seam confused the Gator secondary and our man is running free.
Matt Corral to Elijah Moore connect on 91-yard touchdown play.— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) November 15, 2020
Lane Kiffin tosses his clipboard about 20 feet into the air during the play pic.twitter.com/Tbo5cvfDl3
This one is probably the most recognizable play of the year when his 91-yard touchdown sent Kiffin into a frenzy down the sideline, hurling his play sheet up in the air.
Elijah Moore burns the cornerback on a “Sluggo” Route and QB Matt Corral drops it in the bucket pic.twitter.com/MokmREVmvj— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) November 10, 2020
On a day when he was unkind to every Commodore (14 receptions, 238 yards, three touchdowns), Moore absolutely cooked this poor cornerback on a slant-and-go combo.
Elijah Moore with a ridiculous 31 catches/462 yards in 3 games this year— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) October 15, 2020
Explosive slot player building off a really nice 2019 - this WR class is very deep again pic.twitter.com/bTAZ8hVLpB
Here he is again, doing damage from the slot on that same “sluggo” concept, taking the hit after the catch for a huge play against Alabama.
Here, just watch everything he did against Alabama. My guy had 11 catches for 143 yards against the nation’s top team. Not too shabby.
Elijah Moore with the Golden Egg after setting the school single season record for catches in a season.— Derrell Hart Jr., Pharm.D. (@Derrell_PharmD) November 29, 2020
And he did it in eight games.
Did I mention he set the single season record in just eight games? Is that good?
Enjoy the NFL. Go off, king.