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Purdue Football Player Countdown: #14 Marcellus Moore

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Maybe we will get to see a Moore return a kick for a TD.

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“America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad-ass speed” - Eleanor Roosevelt

That is today’s player.

Marcellus Moore - Fr.

Plainfield, IL (Plainfield North HS)

5’8”, 160 pounds

Wide Receiver

2020 Projection: Contributor as a returner

Purdue has an embarrassment of riches in its receiver room. There is a ton of talent even without Rondale Moore now. Now we have a different Moore. Marcellus Moore has a special set of skills that might set him apart. Moore is blindingly fast, and even enrolled in January to run indoor track before all hell broke loose. At just age 17 he graduated early, but missed both his senior high school season and freshman outdoor track season:

“When I found out, we were in track practice,” Moore said. “Some of our guys were at the indoor (championships). We were about to get in blocks for practices. Our coach came up to us and said, ‘I have to let you know that our season is done. They shut down indoor nationals. I went, ‘No!’ It was so crazy.”

The whole point in skipping his final high school season was to make sure he was ready to make an impact with the Boilermakers’ football team as a freshman. That meant playing in the annual spring game (April 4). It meant getting in the weight room and studying the playbook with teammates.

It meant losing what could have been a record-breaking senior season on the track in Illinois.

“Going early has always been a goal of mine,” Moore said, “ever since I was a sophomore in high school. I wanted to get a head start, to try and get ahead for football and try to get time and learn as much as possible.”

When we’re finally able to play football again Moore is expected to carve a niche as a returner. Again, this is a kid that was supposed to be a high school senior, but he finished third in the 60 meters at the Big Ten indoor championships with a 6.69 second time and 4th in the 200 at 21.01. He was a state champion in the 200 as a junior despite injury and as a sophomore in high school he ran a 10.31 100 meters.

Here is some more hot, nasty ass speed:

Want a comparison? Raheem Mostert won the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in 2014 with a 10.30, and he left Purdue with a career record 2,289 kickoff return yards.

So Moore has Mostert speed, and if we put him back on returns something electric can happen. As far as other football skills, he played running back in high school and is listed as a receiver according to Purdue. Again, very similar to Mostert:

It seems like the equation is simple: Get the ball to the fast guy in space and let him run.