Moon growing comfortable at center

Redshirt freshman Harrison Moon was moved from offensive tackle to center during the spring. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Redshirt freshman Harrison Moon was moved from offensive tackle to center during the spring. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Harrison Moon spent much of his first year at Mississippi State working at offensive tackle.

But the Bulldogs’ coaching staff made the choice to move the redshirt freshman to center during the spring.

The new position may have been foreign to Moon at first but he has steadily worked to improve his snapping.

“It was a pretty tough transition,” Moon said. “I’d never snapped a ball in my life until I came here. That’s different and I’m still working on that but I’m feeling a lot more comfortable.”

Moon has spent countless hours in the dorm during the spring and summer snapping to fellow Chattanooga, Tennessee native and MSU quarterback Nick Tiano, something he says has really helped develop his skill.

Moon sat out his initial year on campus in order to get a better grasp of the offense as well as add weight. The 6-foot-4 offensive lineman packed on 12-pounds during that year and enters the fall at 290.

“I benefited majorly,” Moon said. “It was a year to really learn the plays. Coming from high school and learning a new offense is pretty tough to do. I also got used to the competition level and playing with SEC guys. That was pretty new and the redshirt year gave me a chance to grow as a player both mentally and physically.”

A year working on the scout team also allowed Moon to adapt to trench warfare at the college level. He was forced to implement fundamental techniques at practice, something he did not necessarily have to do in high school.

“It was a big jump but I think I was ready for it,” Moon said. “The biggest thing is the competition and the mental pressure and toughness that you have to have. You’re no longer the biggest or strongest guy anymore so you have to use fundamentals to win every rep. Everything counts and you’re not going to win if you’re not doing every little thing right.”

The former three-star prospect played tight end a majority of his high school career at Signal Mountain before switching to offensive tackle as a senior and earned All-State as well as finalist for Mr. Football in Class 2A, Division I.

Moon drew offers from hometown Chattanooga during the recruiting process along with Georgia Tech and South Florida. However, once he made his commitment to the Bulldogs he hasn’t looked back.

“I’ve loved every second of it,” Moon said. “This has probably been the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life and it’s definitely, 100-percent worth it. I’ve seen myself transform from that little high school Harrison to maturing and growing up both on and off the field. State’s a great academic school and the staff in the Templeton (Athletic Academic Center) do a great job preparing me. It was a great fit for me and I still think that until this day.”

In addition to his responsibilities on the football team, Moon also earned a spot on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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