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What's next for Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses

By Craig Haley, FCS Executive Director

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In some ways, 7-on-7 football drills in the summer carry over to the fall with Stephen F. Austin's run-and-gun offense.

There's plenty of quick decision-making and passing on the part of the quarterback.

Having that kind of responsibility helped four-year standout Jeremy Moses to realize that he wants to be a college coach when his playing career is over, which might be sooner rather than later.

"I've had to coach guys during the summer. We do 7-on-7 and I've pretty much had all the skill positions to myself for the last six or seven years every summer," Moses said. "It gives you a lot of room, a lot of freedom to try to tweak things the way you want them and get guys to do this or that and try different things out. Every summer, I've kind of been a coach."

Moses is no different than any other elite player at the Football Championship Subdivision level. He hopes an opportunity to play professionally is out there for him, but it's not in his control and he will have to endure an uncomfortable game of waiting before knowing how to get on with his life.

As the 2010 Walter Payton Award winner, one might think Moses would be on the radar of every NFL team. It's not the case, however. The Heisman of the FCS, which is presented by The Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com, is bestowed on the outstanding player in the division, not necessarily the best pro prospect.

Jeremy Moses hopes an opportunity to play professionally is out there for him.
Oh, plenty of past winners have gone on to enjoy significant success in the NFL, like Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Brian Finneran, Jerry Azumah, Steve McNair and Dave Meggett. Many others like Jayson Foster of Georgia Southern, Lang Campbell of William & Mary, Louis Ivory of Furman, Michael Payton of Marshall or Kenny Gamble of Colgate dabbled with NFL teams or played in the CFL or arena leagues, but they were just as deserving of being the outstanding player in the FCS (formerly Division I-AA).

Pro-wise, Moses knows what he's up against. At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, he lacks the prototypical size of an NFL quarterback. And scouts scoff at his downfield arm strength as the SFA offense focused on short passing routes during Moses' four-year career. He also faced some struggles in SFA's playoffs games the last two seasons - not a good omen.

Regardless of what happens professionally, Moses is passionate about becoming a coach. He is scheduled to graduate in the spring and believes he might end up being a graduate assistant in the fall, perhaps at SFA.

"I'm going to start working out, try to see what happens as far as playing- wise," he said. "I'm mainly looking to go into coaching. I think that's what I want to do. I have a real passion for breaking down defenses, figuring out what to do against them, play-calling into certain things. I thought that's eventually what I want to do."

Moses threw for 13,401 yards in his SFA career, averaging 304.6 yards over 44 career games, and 121 touchdowns. As a senior, he cut down on his interceptions, throwing a mere four in the regular season, although he had three in a playoff loss to Villanova to give him seven overall and 55 in his career. He posted a 62.6 percent completion percentage during a career in which he averaged 43 pass attempts per game.

Besides SFA head coach J.C. Harper, Moses credits his high school coach, Dick Olin from Baytown Lee High School in Texas, and former SFA offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson for instilling a coach's mentality in him. Moses listened and learned, kept an open mind and buried his ego. The results were incredible.

Moses would find it hard to pass up any playing opportunity in the future - big or small - but, either way, he has a game plan in place.

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