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December 17, 2009

Season recap: Rahsaan Moore

When Wise football coach DaLawn Parrish needed a big stop on defense, Rahsaan Moore was often the player to step up to the challenge. When the Pumas needed to put points on the board, Moore was usually the player who got the carry.

Whatever situation presented itself for Wise this season, Moore -- a Maryland defensive end / fullback commitment -- frequently provided an answer.

“We leaned on him heavily in the beginning of the year and down the stretch,” Parrish said. “He ended up spraining his ankle. He missed three games with a high ankle sprain. That enabled us to get younger players into the game. But we leaned on him heavily in our big games. When we needed to grind it out to win, we went with Rahsaan. He was able to play through the pain with the ankle sprain. He was still hobbled, but he sucked it up. He just proved that he [has great potential] on both sides of the ball.”

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Moore -- who helped Wise to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the Class 4A state championship game -- emerged as one of the most versatile two-way players in the Washington area. In 12 games, he recorded 37 tackles (23 solos), 10 tackles for loss, one sack and one interception from the defensive end position.

On offense, Moore rushed for 461 yards and 15 touchdowns on 74 carries. He also caught two passes for 27 yards. Not a bad season for a player that had just one other Football Bowl Subdivision offer (New Mexico) besides Maryland.

“A lot of [Football Championship Subdivision power programs] like Richmond, Villanova, William & Mary, all of them loved him,” Parrish said. “For whatever reason, the big schools thought, ‘Is he tall enough? Is he big enough? Is he fast enough?’ They had those questions. I think he had all of those doubters [but proved them wrong]. With him playing so many positions, you could see the type of athlete he was. By the fourth game, everyone knew who he was and what he could do.”

Parrish coached Moore for three seasons and saw him play fullback, running back, tight end, defensive end and defensive tackle. Parrish expects the Maryland coaching staff to move Moore around some when he arrives at College Park until they find the best position for his talents.

“I think he can play defensive end or fullback -- it just depends on what the school needs,” Parrish said. “I’d love to see him back on the defensive side of the ball. He uses his hands so well and understands how to use his leverage. I think he has the frame that could hold 260 pounds. But we already know he can play fullback and tight end, so it just depends on what you’re looking for.”

Parrish said he wasn’t surprised by Moore’s senior-season success. In Moore, Maryland is getting one of the hardest-working players Parrish has ever coached.

“He got stronger, he worked out real hard and he went out there with the track coach,” Parrish said. “He’s a student of the game. He’s a young man that will do everything you ask him to do. We always talk about giving everything you’ve got and a little bit more, and he was able to do that for three years. You need a stop right now, then he’s going to get the stop. He’s just a tremendous young man.”

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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