Tech's Moore must get out of own way

There's little more frustrating to me in sports than wasted potential. It happens for various reasons, but bad decisions off the field is often the worst example.

If you're a frequent reader of the blog, you know how much potential I see in Texas Tech receiver Darrin Moore.

Last year, some of that potential was held back by injuries after Moore hauled in 21 catches for 339 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games of 2011.

Now, he's driven himself into a new hurdle.

Texas Tech has suspended wide receiver Darrin Moore from the football team after his April arrest on a drunken-driving charge.

Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday reports of Moore's suspension.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports police reports show Moore was arrested April 13 after a Lubbock police officer observed him driving erratically. He remains free on $1,000 bond.

Beal told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that his reinstatement to the team isn't guaranteed, regardless of the legal outcome of his case. That's no surprise, especially considering the other legal trouble that plagued the Red Raiders this spring.

It's hard to see Moore not being reinstated at some point for his first run-in with the law, even though it's a serious charge. That said, coach Tommy Tuberville will make him earn his way back on the team with a little extra work, whether it's in the bleachers at AT&T Jones Stadium, in the community, or elsewhere.

You'd think after having such a great start to last season, Moore would be doing anything possible to get back on the field and do what he did last season for 12 games, instead of two.

Tuberville and the Red Raiders will be fine if Moore isn't eventually reinstated. Eric Ward, last year's leading receiver, returns. So does senior receiver Alex Torres, who's been productive in each of the past three seasons before tearing his ACL late in 2011.

That said, Moore's got the potential to give Tech's offense an argument as the Big 12's best. Here's hoping this is the last time Moore's name crosses the police blotter.