Moore enjoys short homecoming game

Published 3:54 pm Thursday, September 13, 2018

A weather delay ended Suffolk native KeShaun Moore’s homecoming.

After getting his first start two weeks ago for James Madison University, Moore was in line to start again for the second week. This time, JMU’s opponent was Norfolk State University, where Moore had a chance to return to his home area and play in front of friends and family for the first time as a starter.

One quarter went by before the game was called 17-0 in favor of JMU due to lightning and eventual flooding.

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However, just in the one quarter he played, Moore tied a team-high three tackles and a tackle for loss. Even though it was short-lived, Moore enjoyed his opportunity. He could have been nervous about the chance to play so close to home, but instead, he was more motivated.

“It was good seeing family for the short time I did, despite the weather ending things early for us,” Moore said. “I am glad I was able to catch up with them, though. With them there, it motivated me more than anything and helped me focus even more.”

Moore said he felt comfortable in his second start of the season. His perspective on things hasn’t changed since being in the starting lineup. He has kept a hungry mindset and has been sticking to what got him the starting position in the first place.

Understanding the defense was key for his ascension, and it helps Moore play faster on the field because he knows what to do. Everything is becoming second nature for him, even his routine throughout the week.

“I am getting into the groove of the schedule,” he said. “I know what it’s like during the week and how we operate on game days. The game has been slower than expected, but that’s a credit to how well my coaches have prepared me.”

At Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Moore was a state champion and a Conference Player of the Year. He was selected to multiple All-State teams.