Reports of an incident in practice between Texas Longhorns junior wide receiver Joshua Moore and coaches, including head coach Steve Sarkisian, won’t result in any discipline for the team’s third-leading wide receiver, who will be available against the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday in Ames.
In a Thursday availability with the media, Sarkisian characterized the altercation as something the public doesn’t need to know about and called it the result of a demanding coaching style.
“He’s getting coached and that’s what we do. I think sometimes people get this misconception that because I’m a ‘player’s coach,’ that we don’t coach hard. We have a very demanding staff, we coach hard, we believe in discipline, we believe in doing things the right way, and when things aren’t going that way, we coach our guys. and so whichever one you guys felt like it was important to report that, that’s that’s your bad, not ours,” said Sarkisian.
Moore is third on the team in receptions (22), receiving yards (233), and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (three).
The need for tough coaching with Moore is a predictable result of his inconsistency this season — 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.
With the lack of quality depth at the wide receiver position due to injuries and attrition, the Longhorns need more steady play from the team’s most experienced wide receiver, especially as defenses focus on stopping star sophomore running back Bijan Robinson.