Former JHHS gridder Kelton Moss named CUSA Honorable Mention

After a stellar second season at Kigore Junior College in 2019, where he was named second team All-American, Kelton Moss got several offers from Division One colleges asking him to bring his “talents in the trench” to them. Moss chose the University of Texas-El Paso. 

When the announcement was made everyone back home jaw’s dropped. Where did the 2017 JHHS graduate say he was going? Texas – El Paso? UTEP? Why would he want to go there? They are the worst school in the nation!

They were too. The three previous seasons, UTEP had compiled records of 0-12, 1-11 and 1-11. They were the two time, reigning champion of the “Bottom Ten” which is a syndicated blog that pokes fun at the worst college football teams in the nation by ranking them.

Some thought maybe Moss wanted to go to UTEP because he thought that he would get lots of playing time. That wasn’t it though and when it was later revealed why he made the surprise choice, those who knew Moss quickly understood the decision.moss 2

His new coach Dana Dimel had suffered through the two 1-11 seasons but he had expected that. From day one he had preached that he wanted to surround himself with players with the character to want to build a program. That was right up Moss’s alley. 

“I wanted to come to UTEP to be part of something special,” recalled Moss. “It is that kind of thing that really motivates me.”

Last year UTEP went 3-5 in a COVID shortened season but that still reflected tremendous improvement and set the bar for the 2021 season. This year UTEP went 7-5, the first winning season since 2014 and qualified for a bowl game for the first time since the same year. If they can reach 8 wins it would be the first time since 2005. 

Moss not only brought his tremendous character trait that those who played with him at JHHS and at Kilgore will tell you made him the undisputed locker room leader, he also brought solid football skills and an uncanny ability to create confidence among his teammates. For him it is all about helping his team win.

While it is the furtherest objective in his mind, this season Moss has acheived a personal reward. After starting every game at defensive tackle as a junior, Moss, who now checks in at 6’2″, 315 pounds, has earned Honorable Mention designation in Conference USA following his senior season after being credited with 20 tackles and a fumble recovery. 

It is a special honor for a special person who thrived on wanting to help his team do special things. 

 

 


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