During high school football games, it's pretty normal to see Buccaneers players on the sidelines. But this fall, there's going to be a noticeable difference.
Instead of watching the games as fans, a handful of former Bucs players are turning to coaching. That includes Dave Moore, who takes over a team that won just two games last season at Shorecrest Prep.
Shorecrest players are wide-eyed. They listen intently to their new instruction from their new leader, "Coach Moore." What they don't see is as a former NFL star that played for the Bucs from 1992 to 2006.
Then again, most of these kids weren't even born when Dave Moore began running routes for the Bucs.
"If they are thinking it, they haven't said anything," said Moore. "The good thing, you get the fish eyes. They are going to do anything you are going to tell them to do. I'm not sure if they are scared, intimidated; really doesn't matter as long as they do whatever we ask them to do. And as long as they can, we should be alright."
Moore has his hands full right now trying to turn around a program that struggles just to get players on the practice field. At Shorecrest Prep, studies come first and that means most days Moore has only 20 to 25 to work with.
It's been a lot more work than Moore expected, but he's enjoying it.
"It's more of a psychology side of football," said Moore. "Try to motivate them everyday, get them ready. Try to keep them into it, because when you are dealing with kids, their attention span is always so long. You have to get excitable. You guys have known me for a long time. I'm not the guy that's going to go out a scream and yell a lot."
When Dave Moore accepted the job back in December, never did he imagine that his first regular season game would be against one of his best friends and former teammates, Mike Alstott. But come August 31, the two will be starting across the field at each other from opposing sidelines.
"I started laughing," he recalled. "Mike and I worked out for years and years. We were roommates and we've always been competitive. It will be fun. It's going to be a great opportunity for the kids. There will be a lot of people there. It will be something they can remember. Being part of a football game, both programs haven't been very successful recently, so it's going to be a packed house. A lot of media leading up to the game locally. So I think it's a great opportunity for the kids. It's going to be fun for them to go out and compete and of course Mike and I will do the best we can to win."
The push to take this job came from his son, who's a seventh grader at Shorecrest Prep. By the time Jake is eligible to play varsity football next year, Moore will have this coaching thing down.
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