During a media availability on Thursday, Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman provided an update on junior wide receiver Joshua Moore, who missed the entirety of the 2019 season following an arrest last July for a misdemeanor after he was arrested for carrying a loaded gun without a license.
“Josh was never suspended from the team — he practiced every day,” Herman said when asked about his status. “Josh was suspended from playing in games, so we’ll determine that when we get closer to a game.”
Here’s why Moore got arrested, according to the affidavit:
According to an arrest affidavit, police monitoring downtown Austin on July 5 at the police department’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) noticed a man “remove a firearm from his waistband, walk in between two vehicles, appearing to chamber a round by pulling the slide of the gun to the rear, and then place the firearm back into his waistband.”
When the police arrested Moore, they found a Glock 19 — 9mm pistol in his waistband with a 30-round magazine and a live round loaded into the chamber.
Herman subsequently announced that Texas would handle the situation internally while monitoring the legal process and determining any further actions at the completion of that process.
The case is still pending, with Moore’s next court appearance set for later this month.
In the meantime, Moore is practicing as an outside receiver after spending his freshman year in the slot. At 6’1 and 180 pounds with a 41.5-inch vertical and 3.96, Moore is a dynamic athlete capable of playing each of the receiver positions, depending on how well he’s developed with his releases at the line of scrimmage.
During his freshman season, Moore appeared in the first six games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery. He recorded seven catches for 53 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown catch against USC in the second half.
Since Moore didn’t play last season, he could use that as a redshirt year, but the school listed him as a sophomore 2019.