Like so many other youngsters in Oklahoma, Trevor Moore grew up dreaming of playing college football for the in-state Sooners. He attended OU games regularly as his family had season tickets and planned to play there as a preferred walk-on.
Those plans quickly changed three years ago the summer before his senior year at Edmond (Okla.) North High.
After attending college camps nationwide that summer with his dad, Moore drilled a pair of 55-yard field goals to win a Kohl’s kicking competition at the University of North Texas. Soon after that Moore received a scholarship offer from the Mean Green and committed to sign with them.
“Growing up I was a big OU fan, but I didn’t want to turn down a full scholarship to be a preferred walk-on there,” said Moore, now a junior kicker at UNT. “UNT was only 2½ hours away from home, and there were a lot of things to do here.”
So far Moore has done a lot at UNT, starting with setting a school record in 2014 for best field-goal percentage (.882) to garner Freshman All-American honors from Sports Illustrated. He enters this week having made a program-best 73 consecutive extra points as the Mean Green (2-3, 1-1 Conference USA) play Marshall (1-3) on Saturday on ASN.
Knowing it’s a team effort, Moore credits his offensive line, long snapper Trey Enterline and holder Eric Keena for helping him make his first 73 extra points tries. Keith Chapman held the previous school mark with 61 consecutive made extra points from 1987-89.
“It’s an honor to be in the record books for a university that’s been around for 100 years and had so many good kickers come through here,” Moore said. “I couldn’t do it without my snapper and holder and couldn’t do it without the O-line getting blown up and taking hits. We all have a good thing going.”
Moore, who started kicking in the fourth grade, earned all-state honors as a prep senior (12 for 15 on field goals, 33 for 33 on PATs), and the former soccer player continued to show a strong leg at the next level. In his first collegiate season he made 15 of 17 field goals—tying a school record for makes with a 5-for-5 showing in a win over SMU (including a career-long 47-yarder)—and all 37 extra points.
Last season as a sophomore he made the Lou Groza Award watch list and ended up making 9 of 14 field goals, including nine of 10 from inside 40 yards. He made all three field-goal attempts (two from a season-best 38 yards) at Iowa.
This season he’s hit all 15 extra points and his only two field goal tries (19 and 20 yards, respectively, against Bethune-Cookman) for first-year head coach Seth Littrell.
“You feel good when you’re kicking from the 35 and in and feel like you’ve got an opportunity to score some points,” Littrell said. “He’s very consistent and shows that in practice. He’s also a great teammate and a great weapon for this football team.”
According to Moore, converting an extra point or field goal comes down to the three T’s: technique, trust and timing. He follows the same technique for every kick, taking three steps back and two steps to the side.
“I think being a successful kicker all starts with mastering your technique and trusting your snapper and holder, and timing is also big,” Moore said. “You have to control what you can control and just do your job.”
The 5-11, 194-pound Moore also takes care of business in the weight room. He “doesn’t lift heavy” to keep from getting too bulky but can bench press 280 pounds and squats 390 pounds.
Those numbers, especially impressive for a kicker, puts Moore among the team’s strongest players pound-for-pound. He hopes to kick in the pros, but the criminal justice major is thinking hard about going to law school, joining the FBI or even becoming a strength and conditioning coach.
“I take that stuff pretty seriously,” Moore said of working out. “It definitely helps me. I love competing with my teammates in the weight room. I want them to see me working hard and competing. I know they see it because they compliment me about it, and that really means a lot.”