Aug. 28 BURGER KING Outstanding Student Athlete: Penn's Inoke Moala
Since he first started playing football, way back in fourth grade, Inoke Moala has excelled at pushing people around.
"I was always a big kid," Moala says. "At a younger age I was more chubbier than muscle."
That was then. Moala is now a chiseled 6'3, 220 pound tight end for the Penn football team. He's still great in the blocking department, but the senior has become one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the state as well. A security blanket for the Kingsmen's new quarterback, Camden Bohn.
"I love that I'm able to haul in passes that I didn't even think I could catch during the game," says Moala, who caught two touchdowns in Penn's 35-3 opening week win over Valparaiso. "Then it just magically appears in my hands."
"Let's put it this way," says Penn head coach Cory Yeoman. "I don't know if the quarterback is looking for him or not. But I'm always checking the bus, making sure he's on it."
And yet it's a position he's rarely played that might take him to college football's top level. While some programs want him as a tight end, elite level schools like Notre Dame are projecting him as a linebacker.
"Different strokes for different folks," Yeoman says. "Some teams are looking at him as an H-Back type guy. Can play tight end, can play fullback, can run the ball and do different things. He's also an outstanding coverage guy when we've used him in that in the past. He's just a heck of an athlete."
Moala will play both positions for the Kingsmen this year, hoping to catch recruiters' eyes while also leading last year's Regional champions on another deep playoff run.
Notes: Moala's father played rugby for the Tongan national team. Inoke helped Penn's rugby team finish third in the nation last spring.