3. TE Griffin Moore
I find the Illinois offense to be very frustrating. I know we have weapons and the ability to move the ball down the field. This isn’t a bad offense talent-wise.
Quarterback Luke Altmyer is having trouble finding a groove in the offense, though. He needs go-to pass catchers who he has chemistry with to help him move the ball down the field. Isaiah Williams is clearly someone Altmyer trusts. They have a good connection. I think Griffin Moore could also be one of those guys.
Moore didn’t catch a pass and only played five snaps against Toledo. In the Kansas game, the big tight end would play 25 snaps and catch four passes for 56 yards. I thought this could have been the start of something special between him and Altmyer. That didn’t end up being the case, though.
Moore’s snap count didn’t waiver, as he played 25 snaps against Penn State. But the chemistry just wasn’t there between the two this time around. Moore finished with one reception for five yards in the game.
Illinois’ starting tight end, Tip Reiman, played 37 snaps against the Nittany Lions. Honestly, I think this snap count should be closer. I want the Illini offense to move the ball more often, and Moore seems to be the better pass catcher.
Moore has impressive blocking as well. I went back and watched the game, and when Moore was in, he was sensational against a tough Penn State pass rush. He also didn’t need help, so that freed up Illinois offensive linemen.
This season, Moore has essentially the same receiving grade, a much better pass-blocking grade, and a better run-blocking grade than Reiman. Let’s see the snap count increase for Moore. Illinois could use his presence on the football field.