Texas A&M Preseason Profile: Wide receiver, Moose Muhammad III

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Going into the 2022 football season, Aggies Wire will be looking at each scholarship player listed on the Texas A&M roster.

Over the preseason, each profile will cover where the player is from, how recruiting websites rated them coming out of high school, and what role they will play for Jimbo Fisher this season.

Moose Muhammad III is entering his redshirt sophomore season at the slot wide receiver position for Texas A&M, looking to continue developing at the position this season behind senior and offensive leader for the Aggies, Ainias Smith. If you’re one of the older football fans reading this, you probably recognize the last name, as Moose Muhammad’s father is Muhsin Muhammad, a 13-year NFL wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears, playing nine seasons with the Panthers during his career.

Muhammad’s early playing career began at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in three varsity seasons at wide receiver, he accumulated 2,976 receiving yards on 175 receptions for 31 touchdowns, while recording a career-high 63 receptions for 1,270 yards and 17 touchdowns during his 2019 senior season.

As a priority prospect for the Aggies during the 2020 recruiting cycle, Muhammad visited College Station on May 10th, 2019, and ultimately committed to the program on June 3rd, 2019, and signed on December 18th. In his first season during the 2020 season, Muhammad chose to redshirt after 3 games. During the 2021 season, Muhammad appeared in 8 games while making the most of the snaps he received throughout the year, tallying 10 receptions for 153 yards and 4 touchdowns while making one of the better one-handed catches of the season against New Mexico in Week 3.

Preseason Player Profile

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Height: 6-1

Weight: 195lbs

247Sports Composite Ranking

Class of 2020: 4-Star player ranking, 7th ranked player in North Carolina, 28th ranked wide receiver prospect in the country

Career Stats

Year

G

Rec

Yards

TDs

2021

8

10

153

4

PFF Rankings (Team Rankings)

Year

Offense

Receiving

2021

67.3

67.3

Depth Chart Overview

Moose Muhammad III is currently projected as the rotational slot wide receiver in Texas A&M’s pro-style offense, led by head coach Jimbo Fisher, and offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey. Muhammad is slated as the primary backup to Ainias Smith (Senior) and presumed to rotate with Yukeith Brown (Sophomore). From a scouting perspective, Muhammad was also seen as a slot receiver at the collegiate level, and going back to the LSU game last season where he recorded 2 receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown, it seemed inevitable that if Ainias Smith had departed for the NFL a year early, Muhammad would be squarely in the running to start at the slot receiver spot.

However, standing at 6-1, 195lbs, he is big enough to play the X or the Z based on the formation and matchups. Muhammad’s skill set is not of the straight line burner variety and instead relies on his elite traits ranging from his impressive quickness, footwork, and route running ability, displaying great vision in the open field, while adjusting well as the catch point, and can separate as well, or better than a bulk of the wide receivers on the roster. Moose Muhammad III is a valuable commodity at the wide receiver position from a depth perspective, and has a chance at carving out a bigger role on offense to start the season than initially planned.

Players’ Photo Gallery

Nov 20, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Moose Muhammad III (7) during the first half against the Prairie View Am Panthers at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 27, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Moose Muhammad III (7) scores a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Story originally appeared on Aggies Wire