Monday, March 4, 2013
Exit Interview: TE Brandon Moore
By Michael Rothstein
'Exit Interview' is a concept started at WolverineNation last year where we chat with Michigan athletes not returning for next season.
Brandon Moore is the last of an era at Michigan. He was recruited by Lloyd Carr as the No. 6 tight end in the Class of 2008, signed with Rich Rodriguez and played for he and Brady Hoke -- although not as much as Moore planned.
Moore had two career catches and spent most of his senior year injured.
Q: You came into Michigan somewhat highly touted and your career had ups and downs. How do you view your career?
Brandon Moore: I wouldn’t say it panned out the way I expected it to. Coming into the situation, I was recruited by Coach [Lloyd] Carr and I was thinking I was going into his offense but I went in with Coach Rod. It didn’t really pan out the way I wanted it to but it was still a blessing to go to the University of Michigan. I would never regret going there.
Brandon Moore wants to continue his studies on concussions.
Q: This year it looked like you would get a ton of playing time and then you get hurt against Alabama.
Moore: Yeah, that was really tough for me. I had been waiting all this time to get the starting position and all that and then when I finally get my chance, I get hurt the first two series starting. It was a pretty tough year for me this year but my teammates stuck with me, kept me motivated and all that stuff. It’s just how the game is sometimes.
Q: What’s next for you?
Moore: Right now I’m working at a research lab at Neurosport and I’ll be taking my GRE in May and I’ll start applying to different schools and hopefully get a PhD in psychology or neuropsychology and continue studying concussions and things like that.
Q: How did you get involved?
Moore: When I first got to Michigan, I was thinking about psychology and then concussions kept coming up in the news and all that. One time I saw this guy on TV that I had seen around the football building before and he was talking to Congress about concussions. I recognized him and I asked Shari [Acho] who he was and he was our team neurologist [Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher]. I met with him a little bit and he said he would be able to help me out if I wanted to pursue a career researching concussions. Now I’m working in his lab. That’s how I pretty much got started with it and something I am really interested in. Not so much prove how bad it is on the brain. I feel like everything out right now says, ‘You play football, you get concussions’ and it is horrible. Some of it is genetic. Not everything is just football equals dementia or anything like that. My main thing is to prove that there are a lot of people who did play football who don’t end up with these brain deficiencies they highlight on TV.
Q: When did that become a passion of yours?
Moore: My junior year when I started getting more and more into the subject I was studying. The first two years you’re just taking classes and not going more into what your actual major is. The more and more I got into my major, the more and more interested I got in different types of brain disorders. There was so much about concussions at the time and it seemed like a good way to put them both together because I was playing football and was studying the brain. Actually use what I’m learning in school to help make it better for people playing the same sport as me. The brain is so undiscovered even though it is the main thing that gives us all we have.
Q: What is the end game with it? Do you want to go to med school?
Moore: I want to eventually become a neuropsychologist. I’m not sure if all of my studies will be in concussions but I eventually want to become a neuropsychologist and learn as much as I can about the subject. I’ll probably end up becoming a professor or things of that sort. I’m not sure right now but I want to be able to make a study that will help athletes. Not sure what the criteria set will be but I want to create a study to get to the question of what are concussions doing to people, how they can be prevented and how people can be diagnosed with them in a better way. I want to be able to get to the point where they diagnose concussions like they diagnose a broken arm. I want to be able to help get to the bottom of the question.