Texas Longhorns junior wide receiver Joshua Moore was involved in an altercation with head coach Steve Sarkisian and other members of the coaching during Wednesday’s practice, according to reports from Orangebloods and Horns247.
So Moore’s status for Saturday’s game in Ames against Iowa State and for the remainder of the season is now in question. More information on the developing story could emerge when Sarkisian has a weekly media availability on Thursday morning.
Moore’s frustration bubbling over comes days after he scored the opening touchdown against Baylor, but then fumbled, dropped a touchdown pass, and had a pass go off his hands that resulted in an interception.
The third-leading receiver for the Longhorns, Moore has been inconsistent this season with 22 catches for 233 yards and three touchdowns — he had four catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl and five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown against Baylor, but hasn’t had more than 24 receiving yards in any of the other six games. Against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Moore did not record a catch.
He’s also had disciplinary issues in the past — in 2019, he was suspended for the season after an arrest on a gun charge in downtown Austin.
After recruiting misses and injuries to junior Jordan Whittington (clavicle) and redshirt freshman Troy Omeire (knee), the Longhorns lack quality depth at the wide receiver position. Freshman Xavier Worthy is an emerging star, but the next-leading wide receiver is junior Marcus Washington with 11 catches for 153 yards.
The official backup to Moore is freshman Casey Cain, who has not made a catch yet for the Longhorns. More likely to play against Iowa State, if necessary, are players like redshirt freshman Kelvontay Dixon, junior Al’Vonte Woodard, and junior Kai Money.