No. 22 Nittany Lions Collide With No. 19 Houston Monday in 2012's First Bowl Game
Nittany Lions will face Houston in the Ticket City Bowl on Jan. 2
List Includes Seven Football Squad Members and Three From Women's Lacrosse
All-America Lineman and Co-Captain Among Players Honored at Senior Banquet
Still and Hodges Earn First Team Accolades; Crawford, Fera, Redd and Sukay on Second Team
Derek Moye already has established himself as one of the elite wideouts in Penn State's glorious gridiron history, but the former Rochester High School all-state star and state champion sprinter is poised for an even bigger season in the fall. A probable All-America candidate, Moye is coming off a superb junior season that saw him lead the Nittany Lions with 53 receptions for 885 yards and eight touchdowns. A Phil Steele's College Football Preview preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection, he hauled in a touchdown in seven of the last eight games, including the final five contests. Moye brings outstanding size, skills and speed to the offense. The crisp route runner and prolific leaper is a big-play threat on every snap. He was second in the Big Ten with a 16.7 yards per catch average, was fifth in the conference in receiving yardage (68.1 ypg) and tied for ninth in receptions last year. Moye also moved among the Penn State career leaders with 104 receptions (11th), 1,741 receiving yards (11th) and 15 touchdown receptions (5th tie). He needs 22 receptions and 266 yards to move into the Top 5 on both lists. A 2010 honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, Moye's hard work in the off-season has him prepared for a huge senior season. He already has established himself as a player with the talent and toughness to be a game-changer. Moye opened the calendar year with a game-high five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown against Florida in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day. A starter in every game for the past two seasons, Moye uses his size and speed to present matchup problems for opposing secondaries. A four-sport standout at Rochester HS, Moye won the 200 (:22.15) and 400-meter (:48.04) Class AA state titles at the 2007 Pennsylvania state track and field championships. A cousin, Rocky Washington, played for the Nittany Lions during the 2000s. Moye is on schedule to graduate in December.
Moye had a superb junior season that saw him lead the Nittany Lions with 53 receptions for 885 yards and eight touchdowns. A starter in every game, Moye made at least one touchdown catch in seven of the last eight contests, including the final five. He was second in the Big Ten with a 16.7 yards per catch average, was fifth in the conference in receiving yardage (68.1 ypg) and tied for ninth in receptions. Moye also moved among the Penn State career leaders with 104 receptions (11th), 1,741 receiving yards (11th) and 15 touchdown receptions (5th tie). His 53 receptions and 885 yards were good for fifth- and sixth-best, respectively, on the school season lists. An honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, Moye gained a game-high 69 receiving yards on his three catches at No. 1 Alabama, including a 31-yard first-quarter pass from Rob Bolden. He made four catches for 87 yards in the win over Kent State. His 55-yard catch in the first quarter was a career-long at the time and led to a touchdown in the 24-0 win. Moye posted his fourth career 100-yard receiving game against Illinois, making three catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. His 80-yard catch and run against the Illini was a career-long and the Nittany Lions' longest play from scrimmage since Stephfon Green had an 80-yard TD catch against Michigan in 2008. In his three-reception, 81-yard performance at Minnesota, Moye caught touchdown passes of 42 and nine yards from Matt McGloin. He caught three passes for a game-high 72 yards in the primetime win over Michigan. His 40-yard catch and run from McGloin converted a key third down, keeping an early third-quarter drive alive. Moye had five receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown, a 36-yard connection with McGloin to knot the game at 21-all in the historic comeback victory over Northwestern. Moye caught four passes for 36 yards at Ohio State, including a six-yard touchdown for a 14-3 second-quarter lead. He had a team-high six receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown against Indiana. Moye had his first two carries of the season, totaling 38 yards, including a 27-yard reverse, against the Hoosiers. In the Michigan State game, he caught five passes for 65 yards and one touchdown, a four-yard scoring toss from McGloin late in the game. He also forced and recovered the first fumble of his career in the fourth quarter. Moye made a game-high five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown against Florida in the Outback Bowl, giving him at least one TD catch in each of the last five games. He had a five-yard touchdown catch for a 7-0 lead and hauled in a 44-yard catch to set up a go-ahead touchdown late in the third period. Moye was on the field for 714 snaps, topped by 71 in the comeback win over Northwestern and 71 against the Gators.
2009 Junior Season
2008 Sophomore Season
2007 Freshman Season