The Saskatchewan Roughriders are looking for big things from fullback Spencer Moore in 2015.
The Hamilton, Ont. product appears to be getting his chance to start in his third season.
"This being my third year here, it's definitely going to be a big year for me," said Moore.
"I hope to stick around for much longer."
A player's third season is often a make-or-break year when it comes to development. We've already seen quarterback Tino Sunseri released by the team in his third year after it appeared his development had stalled.
With the retirement of Neal Hughes in the off-season, Moore has been presented the opportunity to start this year.
"It's exciting to possibly be in that starting position and increase my role," said Moore.
Moore's health has been his biggest problem through two years in the CFL. In his rookie year, he was bothered by a hamstring injury, followed by a foot injury last year.
In hopes of being better prepared for this year, Moore came back to Regina earlier than he had in the past to workout with some teammates.
"Really focusing on getting my body where I wanted it to be. So, it was a good off-season, I was happy to be here. I feel great right now," said Moore.
One of Moore's strengths as a fullback is his ability to do many different things on the field. Moore has the size to block, but he can also run and catch as well.
So far, the way Moore has been used throughout training camp, he's going to need to do a little bit of everything.
"I'm still learning the fullback position. It's a couple years new to me," he said.
"I think I'm doing pretty good at it."
The work Moore has put in to try and get better this off-season hasn't gone unnoticed by the coaching staff.
Head coach Corey Chamblin continues to see growth in Moore as a player every year.
"He's taking a positive step. I think he's starting to understand the game. He's understanding his role and I think he's taking the next step. Hopefully this is a dominant year."
News and Notes
Tyron Brackenridge, Mark LeGree and Ryan Smith did not practice during Tuesday's padded practice.
Markus White, Korey Williams and Steven Miller did return to practice after sitting out Monday's session.
The Riders will practice one last time in Saskatoon on Wednesday before returning to Regina for Thursday's walkthrough ahead of their pre-season finale Friday night at Mosaic Stadium.
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