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Kelvin Moses
Kelvin Moses

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Hartsville, S.C.

High School:
Hartsville High School

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 232

Position:
Linebacker

Birthdate:
09/03/1976

Experience:
3VL

Unquestionably, one of the top football players on the Demon Deacon squad for 1999 and potentially a real key to the success of this year's team ? was prepared to enjoy an outstanding senior season 12 months ago as a Butkus Award candidate, but had to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in August ? saw brief action (12 total plays) in two midseason games (App State & Duke) but never recovered fully and missed the remainder of the schedule ? best news of 1998 came in late-November when the NCAA granted his appeal for a medical redshirt year, clearing his return this fall ? if healthy, he's as good as there is in the ACC ? physically and mentally, he brings together the total package ? runs exceptionally well (has been timed at 4.4 in the 40) ? extremely strong, ranking second on the team in both the benchpress (470 lbs) and the incline (405 lbs) ? had ranked #1 on the squad in the vertical jump a year ago with a 42" effort (did not participate in testing this past spring) ? actually played briefly as a true freshman at the outset of the 1994 campaign, seeing action in two games (starting one vs App State) before being sidelined for the year with a knee injury (a different problem than that of last fall) ? did qualify for redshirt status on that occasions, too ? moved into a starting role as a redshirt freshman in '95 and now has the most career starts (33) of any current Deacons ? already among the Top Ten tacklers in Wake Forest history, ranking ninth with 321 total stops during his splendid WFU career ? also 12th on the career chart with 195 solo stops ? could well become just the fifth Deacon ever to total more than 400 tackles ? also stands fifth on the school career list in tackles-for-loss ? led the squad in hits as a sophomore and was second as a junior, narrowly missing a third straight 100-tackle season ? has recorded 15 double-figure tackle games ? hopes to add to that impressive figure this fall, although most of all just wants to be back out on the field doing what he loves -- playing football and playing it extremely well.

1997: Started every game and rarely took a break from the action ? on the field for 50-or-more plays in every contest except Rutgers ? extremely consistent, making six-or-more stops in nine dates ? twice reached double digits with a high of 14 stops versus Georgia Tech and a team-high 10 hits in the win over NC State ? also contributed a pass breakup and a blocked field goal against the Wolfpack ? other highlight contests included Northwestern (9 tackles, sack), Maryland (7 tackles, sack, 3 PBUs) and Duke (9 tackles and an interception) ? adjustment in the overall defensive scheme affected his final tackle total somewhat, but he still ranked second on the team with 85 (behind linebacker partner Dustin Lyman) ? tied for second in sacks with four, was fourth in pass breakups with five, and fifth in tackles-for-loss with eight.

1996: An outstanding season that included eight contests with double-figures in tackles ? opened with a tremendous performance in win over App State, playing all 67 snaps on defense and leading the Deacs with 15 tackles (12 solo) ? caused a fumble with one of those stops and recovered another while playing on punt coverage ? central figure in victory over Northwestern as well with 11 hits and an interception ? season-high of 17 tackles (10 solo) came at Georgia Tech ? other double-digit efforts included 14 (vs Navy), 13 (at NC State), 12 (vs North Carolina), and 11 (vs Clemson & Maryland) ? final total of 128 tackles was 47 more than any teammate ? also led the Deacons in tackles-for-loss with 10 ? contributed to seven opposition turnovers, too, with three fumbles caused, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions ? ranked fourth in the ACC in total tackles for the season.

1995: A starter in all 11 games, the first two at outside linebacker, the other nine at an inside slot ? he was productive wherever he lined up ? in the opener vs App State he contributed 10 tackles, the first of five double-figure tackle performances on the year ? matched that 10-stop figure in the win at Navy while having an impact on special teams with a fumble recovery ? on the field for 71 snaps at North Carolina and totaled a dozen tackles (8 solo) ? registered double digits in stops the next two weeks as well with 10 at Duke and a season-high 14 versus Georgia Tech ? finished the season second to Tucker Grace in total tackles.

BACKGROUND: Highly regarded two-way star at strong safety and tight end for Hartsville High and coach Lewis Lineberger in 1993 ? earned second team all-state recognition from the Greenville News and numerous regional and conference honors ? named his team's MVP for the '93 season and was selected to the North-South all-star contest ? totaled 77 tackles and six interceptions as a senior while also catching 19 passes for 377 yards and eight TDs ? earned three varsity letters as a prep while establishing school records for receptions in a game, season and career ?received his degree in communication from Wake Forest last May and is now enrolled in graduate school (Arts & Liberal Sciences) ? will celebrate his 23rd birthday eight days prior to this year's opening game at Army (born 9/3/76).

CAREER STATISTICS

             UT   AT   TOTAL  TFL     SACK   FR/FC INT
1994 (2 games)0   3    3      0       0      0     0           
1995         71   30   101    11/-38  0      2/2   0
1996         72   56   128    10/-36  2/-16  2/3   2
1997         49   36   85     8/-48   4/-38  0     1
1998 (2 games)3   1    4      0       0      0     0       
TOTALS       195  126  321    29/-122 6/-54  4/5   2

MOST TACKLES
17 at Georgia Tech, 9/14/96

MOST UNASSISTED TACKLES
12 vs App State, 8/29/96

DOUBLE FIGURE TACKLE GAMES
17 at Georgia Tech, 9/14/96 15 vs App State, 8/29/96 14 vs Georgia Tech, 11/4/95 14 vs Navy, 10/26/96 14 vs Georgia Tech, 9/20/97 13 at N.C.State, 11/23/96 12 at North Carolina, 10/21/95 12 vs North Carolina, 10/5/96 11 three times 10 four times

INTERCEPTIONS
vs Northwestern, 9/7/96 at NC State, 11/23/96 at Duke, 10/25/97

 

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