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Dontrell Moore

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 210 | College: New Mexico
 
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Overview

The first player in school and Mountain West Conference history to earn All-MWC honors four consecutive years, Moore captured virtually every rushing and scoring record for New Mexico and the league. He faced his most challenging season in 2005 after missing all of spring practice recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He made dramatic improvement, however, after surgery was performed on February 3 by renowned surgeon Dr. James R. Andrews of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center.

Moore was a highly decorated running back from the Class 4A state champion Roswell High School Coyotes. He was one of 57 athletes from 33 states selected to Parade Magazine's 2000 All-America team. The three-time All-State selection gained over 6,000 yards in his prep career. He led the state in rushing his final two years with 2,243 yards his junior season and more than 2,600 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior.

Moore was also an All-State cornerback as a senior. Four times he rushed for more than 300 yards in a game. He led the Coyotes to a dramatic 35-31 win over Piedra Vista in the 2000 state championship game after Roswell trailed 31-7 in the second half. It was Moore's interception that set up the winning score late in the fourth quarter. Moore added All-District honors in basketball and was a member of the Roswell golf and track teams as well. An excellent student, he graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and ranked ninth in a class of 267.

As a true freshman at New Mexico, Moore appeared in 13 games, earning nine starts. He became the third player in school history to earn Conference Freshman of the Year honors and ranked fourth in the MWC with a team-high 1,134 yards and 13 touchdowns on 245 carries (4.6 avg). His 1,134 yards rank fourth on the school single-season list, along with his 13 scoring runs. He added 139 yards on 23 catches (6.0 avg) with a pair of scores, and totaled 90 points. He finished with 1,328 all-purpose yards, despite missing two games with a left knee ligament tear in 2002.

In 2003, Moore earned unanimous All-MWC honors, as he led the league and ranked ninth in the nation (15th in average with 111.54 ypg) with a career-high and school record 1,450 yards on 276 carries (5.3 avg) and a school record 19 touchdowns. He made 11 catches for 149 yards (13.5 avg) and two scores, ranking sixth nationally with 126 points. He also generated 1,626 all-purpose yards, the fifth-best season total in UNM history.

Despite missing three games with a left knee sprain, Moore again led the conference with 232 attempts for 1,091 yards (4.7 avg) and five touchdowns in 2004. He caught 27 passes for 198 yards (7.3 avg) and a score. He totaled 1,324 all-purpose yards, but also fumbled five times.

In 2005, Moore earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors. He became the sixth player in NCAA Division 1-A history to gain over 1,000 yards rushing in each of four seasons. He rushed 275 times for 1,298 yards (4.7 avg) and 14 touchdowns, but fumbled a career-high seven times. Moore caught 31 passes for 371 yards (12.0 avg) and three scores. He scored 104 points and generated a career-high 1,669 all-purpose yards, the fourth-best season total in UNM history.

Analysis

Positives: Has good leg drive, acceleration, lateral range and pick-and-slide agility … Very quick attacking the line of scrimmage, but also shows patience waiting for blocks to develop … Has a good feel for the crease and cutback lanes, showing the vision to quickly spot coverages and set up his blockers to get into the second level … Runs at a low pad level and has the high knee lift to sidestep low tackles … Has the short area burst to turn the corner … Maintains balance on the move and makes a good effort to redirect and create when the original rush lane is clogged … Has very good hip wiggle and takes good angles to break around the perimeter … Attacks the holes with good aggression … It is very rare to see him wear down late in games (excellent stamina and conditioning) … Effective short area route runner who can be used on screens, dump-offs and flares … Extends his hands and has enough power to stiff-arm the defender in isolated coverage … Willing blocker who will not hesitate to face up to blitzers.

Negatives: Two ligament tears in his left knee during his career will need further medical evaluation … Lacks size and bulk to consistently move the pile … Works hard for yardage in between tackles, but is more effective when bouncing to the outside … Has the burst to separate, but has to rely more on his lateral range and cutting ability to elude (can get caught from behind) … Said to have good ball security, holding the ball high and tight, but 17 fumbles in the last three years have been the result of defenders attacking his upper body to strip him from the ball … Needs to refine his cut blocking technique, as he dives for the defender's ankles and the opponent can generally sidestep or leap over that attempt … Has good hands for the short area passing game and will line up at split end on occasion, but does not have the second gear to separate on long routes, nor the awareness to settle into the soft spot in the zone … Will reach and pluck the ball with good success, but will also double catch and let the ball absorb into his body at times.

Moore has a muscular but undersized frame. He is a very competitive producer who has above average lateral range, pick and slide agility and balance. He is a very slippery runner who also shows natural hands and good route running ability to be a threat out of the backfield as a receiver. He has a great feel for the crease and does a good job of following his blockers, but while he keeps the ball high and tight to protect it, the ball can be jarred loose with a good upper body hit delivered by the defender (17 fumbles in the last three years).

Moore might not have the explosion to take the ball "to the house" on a regular basis, but he is quick through the holes and has the loose hips and wiggle to escape once he gets into the second level. He has the vision to spot coverages and is quick to locate the cutback lanes. He hits the holes at a low pad level and shows good patience to pick the right holes to run through. He can accelerate and reach top speed and shows the lateral agility to slide in-line. He maintains his acceleration to clear the line of scrimmage and has a good feel for anticipating openings and when running off blocks.

Moore generates good leg drive and knee lift to avoid the low tackles, but lacks the size to pound the ball up the gut for long stretches. He can break some tackles, but is best when attacking cornerbacks on the perimeter. He maintains balance working through trash and keeps his feet moving when operating around the pile.

He is not track fast, but Moore has enough burst to get to the corners. He is a short strider, more of a grinding type of runner with adequate explosion, but does not waste time to make the upfield cut. He uses a short burst and precise cutting ability to plant and slide to head upfield. Moore prefers to finesse and use his balance to juke the defender rather than run through him. When he tries to run over the defender, it usually leads to a costly fumble or him going down upon contact.

Moore is such a capable receiver that he lines up at times at split end. He has decent hands and will extend for the ball, but is best when used on screens, as he does not have the sudden explosion to separate after the catch or eat up the cushion racing up the seam.

Moore will not hesitate to face up to pass rushers and gives good effort, but because of his size, he can be out-powered and pushed around a bit. As a cut blocker, he needs to show better hand extension, and perhaps due to his size issues, is slow at times trying to locate the linebackers in the second level (needs to be more stout in his blocks).

While he has certainly produced at a high level throughout his career, he has taken quite a bit of pounding and has high mileage on his odometer. He twice suffered torn ligaments in his left knee and considering that running backs live and die based on their ability to run with the ball, more than a few teams will be hesitant to draft him during the first day, despite his obvious production.

Career Notes

Holds the school and Mountain West Conference career record with 4,973 yards rushing, ranking 13th in NCAA Division 1-A history … Only the sixth Division 1-A runner to gain over 1,000 yards rushing in each of his four seasons, joining Tony Dorsett of Pittsburgh (1973-76), Amos Lawrence of North Carolina (1977-80), Denvis Manns of New Mexico State (1995-98), Ron Dayne of Wisconsin (1996-99) and Cedric Benson of Texas (2001-04) … Tied with Dorsett for 11th on the Division 1-A all-time scoring chart with 356 points … His 1,028 career rushing attempts are also the most in school and conference history … Moore's 26 career 100-yard rushing games are a school record … His 5,947 career all-purpose yards (123.9 per game) rank second all-time at UNM, topped only by Terance Mathis (6,691, 1985-87, ?89), and first in conference history. Moore ranks 25th on the NCAA career list.

2005 Season

All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report and Sports Illustrated … All-Mountain West Conference first-team choice and league Offensive Player of the Year …

Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back) semifinalist … Served as team captain for the second straight year … Erased all doubts about his health and enjoyed a career year as he secured his place as one of the most productive running backs in college football history … Led the team in rushing for the fourth consecutive year with 275 carries for 1,298 yards (4.7 avg) and 14 touchdowns … His 275 runs were one shy of his own school record of 276 in 2003 … His 1,298 yards rank second on the UNM single-season list behind Moore's 2003 total of 1,450 … His 14 scoring runs tied QB Stoney Case (1993) for second on the Lobos' single-season list behind Moore's 19 in 2003 … Third on the team with a career-high 31 receptions for 371 yards (12.0 avg) and three scores … Completed 1 0f 2 pass attempts for a 41-yard touchdown … Also recorded two solo tackles … Scored 104 points, ranking 10th in the nation with an average of 9.45 points per game … Ranked 14th in Division 1-A with an average of 151.73 all-purpose yards per game … His 1,669 all-purpose yards rank fourth in school history, topped only by Terance Mathis (2,138 in 1989 and 1,861 in 1987) and Winslow Oliver (1,910 in 1995) … Ran for over 100 yards in seven games, giving him 25 100-yard performances during his career … Had a career-high seven fumbles, with the opposition recovering three.

2005 Game Analysis

Nevada-Las Vegas … Made a successful return in his first full-contact football action since the 2004 Emerald Bowl (December 30th) … Finished with 103 all-purpose yards … Gained 39 yards on 16 runs with a 1-yard score and caught three passes for 64 yards, including a 10-yard scoring grab on a slant pass from QB Kole McKamey … Dragged Rebel defenders for 16 yards on back-to-back carries to end the third quarter … Picked up 54 yards and two first downs on a pair of third-and-long shovel passes, displaying some of his well-known moves and vision, escaping a crowd of Rebels on both plays … Fumbled once.

Missouri … Quietly rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries vs. a defense that spent all week focused on stopping him … Slashed his way up the field as he more than doubled his yardage total of the previous game … Threw the second touchdown pass of his career, a 25-yard floater that Hank Baskett turned into a 41-yard touchdown.

New Mexico State … Totaled 120 yards with a touchdown on 24 attempts and caught a pair of passes for 23 yards and a score … Became the Lobos' all-time leading rusher five minutes into the second quarter, as he tied Mike Williams' (1975-78) record of 3,862 yards with a 5-yard run, then went for 8 yards on the next play to take the career rushing record … Ran for a 3-yard score and also had a 24-yard touchdown catch on a third-and-10 screen play.

Texas-El Paso … Turned in his best rushing performance since the 2004 season opener, finishing with 161 yards on 28 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown, vs. an excellent defensive front … Became the 65th player in NCAA history to reach the 4,000-yard rushing mark with a 4-yard gain early in the third quarter … Gained just 7 yards on three first quarter carries, but averaged 6.2 yards per attempt (154 total) over the next three quarters … Also had one fumble.

TCU … Continued to shine with an excellent effort vs. a talented and aggressive defensive line … Went over the century mark for the sixth time in seven regular-season road games, rushing for 129 yards on 21 carries (6.1 avg) … Ripped off a 49-yard run in the first quarter, the second-longest of his career … Scored three touchdowns, including two rushing, to become the MWC's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (42), total TDs (50) and points (300), passing former Brigham Young running back Luke Staley in each category … It was his first three-touchdown game since rushing for a three scores vs. Colorado State on November 7, 2003 … Established career-highs with nine catches for a game-high 99 yards, including a 41-yard scoring reception deep across the middle to tie the game at 28 midway through the third quarter … After his first two catches went for a combined loss of 9 yards, he picked up 108 yards on his next seven catches (15.4 avg.) … Finished with 228 all-purpose yards on 30 touches (7.6 avg), the second-highest total of his career (242 yards, all rushing, vs. Colorado State in 2003) … His only blemishes were a pair of fumbles, one recovered by the Horned Frogs.

Brigham Young … Had his streak of three straight 100-yard games snapped, but picked up 82 hard-fought yards on 22 attempts, including a 1-yard scoring plunge … Also caught a pair of screen passes for 24 yards.

Wyoming … Dominated the game from start to finish, powering the Lobos to a 27-24 upset victory on the road en route to winning MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors … Matched his career-high with 36 carries, finishing with a season-high 181 rushing yards (third-most in his career) and three touchdowns, good for 1, 6 and 6 yards vs. the conference's top-ranked defense … His first two scores came on fourth-and-goal and the other on third-and-5 … Also gained 37 yards on two catches for 218 all-purpose yards (third-highest in his career) … His 38 total touches were a career-high … Had five straight carries to open the second half and had 26 over the final two quarters … Passed former NCAA and NFL greats Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell and Eric Dickerson on the NCAA career rushing list … Finished his career vs. the Cowboys with a total of 660 yards on 117 carries, averaging 165 yards per game.

San Diego State … Showed a determined effort vs. what had been the only team in the conference never to allow Moore over 100 yards in a game … Had 95 yards by halftime en route to a 36-carry, 162-yard rushing day, but also fumbled once, with the Aztecs recovering … His rushing attempts matched his career-high for the second straight week … Sat out much of the fourth quarter after UNM had built a big lead … Scored from 4 yards out on a fourth-and-1 play to cap the Lobos' second drive of the game … Also caught six passes, the second-most in his career, for 61 yards … Had a career-high 42 touches for 223 all-purpose yards - the third-highest in his career.

Colorado State … Ran into the record books once again, finishing with 117 yards on 19 carries to become the sixth player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards or more four times in a career … Flew past the 1,000-yard mark late in the first quarter on a tremendous 37-yard cutback run and then ran into the end zone from 1 yard out on the next play … Scored again on a 29-yard dash in the second quarter, his longest touchdown run of the year … Caught a pair of shovel passes for a gain of 26 yards … Picked up 19 on his first catch, a third-and-18 play from the UNM 32 that led to a second quarter field goal … Moore also turned the ball over once on a fumble.

Utah … Rushed for 70 yards on 25 attempts, but also fumbled once … Moore didn't have many holes to run through as a new starting QB helped the Utah defense key on the run … Had two long runs called back because of holding penalties … Still finished with 102 all-purpose yards after catching three balls for 32 yards … Scored from 2 yards out in the second quarter.

Air Force … Closed out his career by pounding out 143 yards on 28 rushes … Had 97 yards at the half, but found few holes to run through after UNM was forced to turn to its third- string QB midway through the third quarter … Capped a 13-play, 66-yard drive with an 11-yard scoring run in the third quarter … Carried the ball on six straight plays for the final 33 yards of the drive after starting QB Chris Nelson was knocked out of the game … Caught a two-point conversion pass in traffic after the final UNM touchdown.

2004 Season

Earned unanimous first team All-MWC honors … Ranked second in the conference and 24th in the nation with 99.18 rushing yards per game … Led the team for the third consecutive year in rushing, joining Mike Williams (1976-78) as the only players in school history to accomplish that feat … Gained 1,091 yards with a career-low five touchdowns on 232 carries (4.7 avg) … Second on the squad with 27 receptions for 198 yards (7.3 avg) and a score … Attempted two passes (one interception) … Returned nine punts for 35 yards (3.9 avg) and registered a solo tackle … Scored 36 points and gained 1,324 all-purpose yards …

The opposition recovered three of his five fumbles … Ran for over 100 yards in six games …

Was hampered for three weeks by a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee … Suffered the injury on the first series of the second half at New Mexico State (9/25) and had his streak of 30 consecutive games played snapped when he did not take the field the next week vs. Utah … Was still slowed significantly at Air Force, two weeks after the injury … Later suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee early in the Lobos' Emerald Bowl game vs. Navy.

2004 Game Analysis

Washington State … Opened the season with a 24-carry, 167-yard rushing performance vs. a tough Pac-10 defense … It was the most yards vs. the Cougars since Ohio State's Maurice Clarett had 230 yards in 2002 … Had just 15 yards on three carries in the first quarter before erupting for 152 yards on 21 attempts over the next three periods … Ripped off a career-long 61-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, which gave UNM a 14-7 lead … Finished with 204 all-purpose yards (167 rushing, 23 on 3 catches, 14 on 3 punt returns), the second-highest total of his career. ..Also fumbled once.

Texas Tech … Finished with 76 yards on 20 carries, but came alive when UNM needed him most … Rushed four times for 30 yards on the Lobos' 54-yard game-winning drive, including an 11-yard gain on a third-and-2 play from the UNM 38 … Picked up 8 yards on his first carry of the final drive to become the MWC's all-time leading rusher … Also caught four passes for 46 yards, including a long of 24, but turned the ball over once on a fumble.

Oregon State … Limited to a season-low 22 yards on seven attempts and caught three passes for 12 yards, adding 7 yards on two punt returns … Had a pass attempt result in an interception.

New Mexico State … Totaled 92 yards on 17 attempts and had a 19-yard reception … Left the game less than two minutes into the second half after injuring his left knee while attempting to return a punt on the Aggies' first drive of the half … Two NMSU players hit him early on the play and were penalized for interference … One player dove into his left knee, which was loosely planted in the turf … Before his injury, Moore had totaled 124 all-purpose yards in the first half, passed Fred Henry for third on the all-time rushing list and passed Chuck Hill for sixth on the career all-purpose yards list … The game was played on Moore's 22nd birthday.

Utah … Did not play (knee).

Air Force … Had a gutsy performance in his first game in two weeks, churning out 110 yards on 29 carries … His sore knee prevented him from using any of his trademark moves, but he hit the holes hard and accelerated quickly up the field … Gained 109 yards through three quarters before UNM tried to rally via the pass … Carried the ball on the Lobos' first six plays of the game for 21 yards … Finished the game as the MWC leader in career rushing attempts and passed former Dallas Cowboy great Don Perkins (3,466, 1957-59) for fifth on the UNM career all-purpose list.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Finished with 141 yards and a score on 26 carries … Outgained the league's top rusher, Dominique Dorsey, by 31 yards … Also caught four passes for 18 yards for a total of 159 all-purpose yards … Ran for an 8-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game.

San Diego State … Gained 70 hard-fought yards on 22 rushes vs. one of the nation's premier run defenses to help UNM control the ball for over 34 minutes … Got stronger as the game went on, gaining 51 yards on 15 attempts after halftime … Had 29 yards on six big carries, picking up two first downs, as the Lobos ran out the final 5:53 of the game … Matched a career-high with five receptions for 46 yards … Caught three passes for 39 yards on the opening drive, including a 21-yard touchdown on a screen pass … Also had a stellar 21-yard gain in traffic down the sideline to set up the Lobos' second score … Compiled 116 all-purpose yards on 27 touches.

Colorado State … Continued his success vs. the Rams, rushing 29 times for 154 yards, his third straight game gaining over 150 yards on the ground vs. CSU … Passed Winslow Oliver (1992-95) by recording his school-record 17th career 100-yard game and also passed Oliver for second place on the school's all-time rushing list with 3,415 yards … Scored from 7 yards out to give UNM its first lead five minutes into the second half … The touchdown was the 40th of his career, passing Terance Mathis (1985-89) for the most in UNM history.

Brigham Young … Pounded out 101 yards on 25 carries, including 44 in the fourth quarter, to help UNM control the second half … Gained 28 yards on eight punishing carries during the Lobos' pivotal second half drive … Converted a pair of third-down plays, including an 11-yard gain on third-and-10 from the BYU 15 … Scored from 1 yard out three plays later to give UNM a commanding 21-7 lead.

Wyoming … Carried 28 times for 150 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown, but fumbled twice, with the Cowboys recovering one … Picked up 78 yards through three quarters (4.6 avg) before exploding for 72 yards on 11 fourth quarter carries (6.5 avg) … Also had a 7-yard reception and recorded two knockdown blocks.

Navy (Emerald Bowl) … Gained 12 yards on four attempts and caught three passes for 21 yards before suffering a devastating knee injury on the Lobos' second possession of the game … Was blindsided by a diving Navy defensive back four yards into the backfield, taking a vicious shot to his left knee immediately after catching an option pitch. Navy recovered his fumble and took a 14-7 lead five plays later … His final rushing tally was 8 yards on five carries … Was carried off the field on the shoulders of linemen Claude Terrell and Robert Turner before being taken into the locker room … Underwent surgery one month later (2/03/05) to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

2003 Season

Unanimous first-team All-MWC selection by the league's coaches and media … Led the league and finished ninth in the country as he set school season records with 1,450 yards on 276 carries with 19 touchdowns … His average of 111.5 yards per game rushing ranked 15th nationally … Broke the UNM single season rushing record vs. Air Force, moving past Mike Williams (1,240 yards, 1976) … His 19 scoring runs topped the old school record of 14 by Stoney Case in 1993 … His 276 attempts broke Williams' previous mark of 265 in 1977 … Added 149 yards and two scores on 11 catches (13.5 avg) and 27 yards on two kickoff returns … Ranked sixth in the nation in scoring and set a school record with 126 points (9.69 ppg) … Played just over eight quarters in the first three games of the year, due to a right ankle/hip sprain suffered early at Texas Tech, and sat out the fourth quarter after UNM jumped out to a big lead vs. Texas State … Ran for over 100 yards in nine games, a school single-season record … Four of his five fumbles were recovered by the opposition … His 21 total touchdowns set another UNM season record.

2003 Game Analysis

Texas State … Opened the season with 20 attempts for 109 yards and four touchdowns, including 16, 2 and 14-yard first quarter runs, in just over two quarters of action.

Texas Tech … Picked up 38 yards on nine carries before leaving the game after injuring his right ankle and hip midway through the second quarter … Had a 36-yard gain nullified by a penalty two plays before his injury.

Brigham Young … Bounced back with 21 runs for 104 yards and scored the team's only points on a 3-yard run in the third quarter.

New Mexico State … Amassed 113 yards on 30 attempts with touchdowns of 2 and 11 yards, but also turned the ball over once on a fumble.

Utah State … Followed with 30 attempts for 132 yards, including touchdowns of 6 and 2 yards.

San Diego State … Scored a pair of touchdowns and picked up 89 yards on just 15 carries in three quarters of action … Gained 76 yards in the second half, including a career-long 45-yard run on the second play of the half … Pulled UNM out of a second-and-24 hole from its own 13-yard line. He appeared to be stopped after a minimal gain, but never stopped his feet and eventually broke out of the pile down the right sideline. He then picked up 9 more yards on the drive, including a 3-yard score to help put the game away.

Utah … Turned in his first 100-yard game on the road, rushing for 119 yards on 18 carries vs. the nation's 25th-ranked run defense … Had just 27 yards on six runs in the first half, then erupted for 92 yards on 12 carries (7.7 avg) in the second half … Notched the longest touchdown run of his career when he zig-zagged 35 yards to close the third quarter scoring … Also made a tremendous one-handed catch on a screen pass and scampered a career-long 44 yards on a third-and-7 play … Had some trouble on two handoffs, losing one fumble to set up the Utes' first score.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Had one of the Lobos' many roller coaster performances, as he picked up 130 yards on just 17 runs (7.6 avg), including 71 yards in the fourth quarter … Made some eye-popping moves on several of his runs, but lost two costly fumbles … Was hit and fumbled after a 12-yard gain as the Lobos were driving to take the lead in the second quarter, as the ball was returned 61 yards for a UNLV touchdown … Also lost the handle on UNM's first play of the second half … Kept the Lobos in the game though, scoring on a 1-yard plunge to cut the Rebel lead to 37-35 with three minutes left in the game … Ran, caught and even passed for a touchdown en route to 203 yards of total offense … Threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Adrian Boyd and scored on a 40-yard catch-and-run.

Colorado State … Carried the team to a pivotal victory and dazzled a national audience, rushing for a career-high 242 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries (7.1 avg) … His yardage total was the most by an MWC back during the year and third in league history … The only Lobo to gain more yards rushing in a game was Quincy Wright, who amassed 265 vs. Weber State in 2002 … Was unstoppable through three quarters, amassing 214 yards on 24 attempts (8.9 avg) … Earned his second MWC Offensive Player of the Week award following what head coach Rocky Long called the best game of his career.

Air Force … Had another sensational performance, as he rushed for 188 yards on a career-high 36 carries with a pair of 1-yard touchdowns … Set the tone with 41 yards in the first quarter, then put the Falcons away with 143 yards on 24 carries in the second half … Picked up his second straight MWC Offensive Player of the Week award for his effort.

Wyoming … Ground out a quick 153 yards on 25 carries in just over two quarters of play, but left the game six minutes into the second half after injuring his right ankle … Was unable to employ his trademark moves due to the blizzard-like conditions … Got the Lobos on the board with an 8-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.

Oregon State (Las Vegas Bowl) … Still nursing his ankle injury, Moore was held to a career-low 5 yards on 11 carries and had a catch for a 4-yard loss.

2002 Season

Became the third player in program history to be named (Mountain West ) Conference Freshman of the Year by the league coaches, joining Winslow Oliver (Western Athletic Conference in 1992) and Brandon Ratcliff (MWC co-player in 2000) … Honored by his teammates at the UNM football banquet, earning Bill Brannin Most Valuable Player, Most Improved and Zia (most valuable in-state player) awards, the results of a players-only ballot … Surpassed UNM great Winslow Oliver (1,063 in 1992) to become the Lobos' fresh-man rushing record holder with 1,134 yards on 245 carries (4.6 avg) … Became the ninth rusher in UNM history, and first since Lennox Gordon in 1996, to surpass 1,000 yards in a season … Finished 107 yards shy of Mike Williams' 1977 UNM single-season rushing record of 1,240 yards … Led the team and was fourth in the MWC in rushing with 87.2 yards per game … Officially appeared in 13 games, but had no yards on just seven total carries backing up Quincy Wright in the first two, vs. Weber State and Air Force … Averaged 111.7 yards per game in the final 10 games of the regular season after assuming the starting job … Scored a Lobo freshman-record 13 rushing touchdowns, which tied for second on the UNM all-time list with Rocky Long (1971) and Sam Scarber (1970), and was just one shy of Stoney Case's 1993 record (Moore broke it in 2005) … His 15 total touchdowns on the year were also second on the all-time list and one behind Terance Mathis' record of 16 (1989) … Had 23 catches for 139 yards, including 21 for 123 yards in the final seven games … Fumbled nine times, with the opposition recovering seven … Ran for over 100 yards in five games.

2002 Game Analysis

Baylor … Filled in nicely for the injured Quincy Wright, rushing 22 times for 93 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown while participating in 47 plays.

New Mexico State … Picked up 79 yards on 20 carries in his first career start … Scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, and his 25-yard run led to the Lobos' first score.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Pounded out 62 tough yards on 16 attempts … Made an outstanding one-handed snag of a screen pass and ran 10 yards for a first down on a pivotal third-and-8 play midway through the second quarter … Ripped off a 22-yard run two plays later to set up his 3-yard touchdown plunge on the Lobos' first scoring drive.

Utah State … Amassed 166 yards on 25 rushes and scored a pair of touchdowns … Had six carries for 69 yards and one catch for 8 yards on the Lobos critical 95-yard scoring drive to tie the game at 31 with 1:18 left in regulation … Finished with three catches for 27 yards, including a season-long gain of 18.

Utah … Tore up the nation's 16th-best run defense with 163 yards on a season-high 27 carries … No opposing running back had surpassed 100 yards in the Utes' previous seven games … Scored on a season-long 33-yard run and nearly scored on a 32-yard dash before a controversial ruling determined he fumbled at the goal line … Took the team on his back on the Lobos' game-tying drive in the last minutes of regulation … Picked up 22 of the team's 49 yards on the drive, including two first downs … Also helped the cause by drawing a 15-yard personal foul penalty on a late hit out of bounds.

San Diego State … Banged out 71 yards on 22 attempts … Capped a 10-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge, which gave UNM a 13-8 lead early in the fourth quarter … Also paced the team with three catches for 24 yards, but also coughed up a pair of fumbles.

Colorado State … Had a roller coaster performance … Was nearly unstoppable on the ground, churning out 181 yards on 30 carries, both season-highs and the most allowed by CSU on the season … However, he was his own worst enemy with a pair of critical fumbles which resulted in both CSU touchdowns … His 30 rushes were the most by a Lobo back since 1996 … Ran five times for 36 yards on the second UNM scoring drive of the game, including a 12-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1 play … Gained 54 all-purpose yards on the Lobos' final drive, but was tackled for no gain on a fourth-and-11 swing pass from the Rams' 34-yard line … Also caught five balls for 13 yards.

Wyoming … Had a record-setting effort to help the Lobos clinch their second bowl bid in 41 years … Gained 176 yards on 28 rushes, including a season-long run of 35 yards, to eclipse both the 1,000-yard mark and UNM freshman rushing record … Scored New Mexico's first four touchdowns en route to a school record-tying five-touchdown day (3 rushing, 2 receiving) … Had 98 yards on just 12 carries (8.2 avg) in the second half … Also caught two passes for 21 yards.

UCLA (Las Vegas Bowl) … Held to 17 yards on 14 attempts with two fumbles and caught three passes for 13 yards.

Injury Report

2002: Bothered during fall camp with a left knee medial collateral ligament tear, missing the season opener vs. North Carolina State (8/24).

2003: Suffered a right ankle sprain and hip strain vs. Texas Tech (9/06) … Re-injured the ankle two more times, vs. Wyoming (11/22) and vs. Oregon State (12/24) in the Las Vegas Bowl.

2004: Sprained his left knee medial collateral ligament vs. New Mexico State (9/25), sitting out the Utah game … Tore the anterior cruciate ligament vs. Navy in the Emerald Bowl (12/30) … Surgery was performed on February 3, 2005 by Dr. James R. Andrews of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center.

2005: Sat out spring drills as he recovered from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee … Made dramatic improvement, however, during his one-on-one summer rehab sessions with UNM assistant trainer David Smith … Returned to non-contact action during training camp in early August and was in the starting lineup in the Lobos' season opener vs. UNLV … Coaches said his remarkable return to form was a testament to his incredible work ethic.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.56 in the 40-yard dash … 555-pound squat … 31 -inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … 16/28 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Roswell (N.M.) High School, playing football for head coach Jack Cisco … Highly decorated running back who led the Coyotes to the Class 4A state championship as a senior … One of 57 athletes from 33 states selected to Parade Magazine's 2000 All-American team … The three-time All-State selection gained over 6,000 yards in his prep career … Led the state in rushing his final two years with 2,243 yards his junior season and more than 2,600 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior … Also an All-State cornerback as a senior. Four times he rushed for more than 300 yards in a game … Led the Coyotes to a dramatic 35-31 win over Piedra Vista in the 2000 state championship game after Roswell trailed 31-7 in the second half. It was Moore's interception that set up the winning score late in the fourth quarter … Added All-District honors in basketball and was a member of the Roswell golf and track teams as well … An excellent student, he graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and ranked ninth in a class of 267.

Personal

Graduated in December 2005 with a degree in Criminology … Was a basketball player before his mother, Angela, guided him onto the football field as a youngster … Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Cousin is DonTa Bright, who signed with New Mexico in 2000 but fell short academically … Born 9/25/82 in Roswell, New Mexico.

 
 
 

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