Burger King Outstanding Student Athlete: Penn's Paul Moala
"He's a guy that can make a coach look good in a hurry," said Penn's Head Coach Cory Yeoman.
Senior safety Paul Moala has helped Penn to 11 straight wins. Odds are, if the Kingsmen have needed a big play, Moala's made it happen.
"A lot of the interceptions I've had in the past years have been thanks to the D-line and the coverage by the linebackers so I guess those are my favorite plays where it's a team effort," said Moala.
Moala's made 53 tackles from his safety spot, blocked two punts, and taken two others back for scores.
"I'm always surprised, there are a lot of miracles out here. God works in mysterious ways to see my blessings," Moala added, "It's just this team, the other players surrounding me, always find their way and no how to find their keys and the ball finds it way into my hands and I just read whatever I get. Thanks to the coaches for helping me be in the right spot at the right time and thanks to the players for always looking out for me and blocking for me."
The three-year varsity member, has just one guaranteed game left as a Kingsmen when he suits up for semi-state action this Friday. But not long after, he will put on a different uniform, at a school just across town.
Moala received his offer from Notre Dame, after an impressive performance at the Irish Invasion camp in June.
Moala said, "Just the atmosphere there you know. It's a family atmosphere and just to know there are players out there that care about you and coaches out there that care about you. It was one of the deciding factors. I'm really excited to be able to be able to play for such a prestigious school and such a prestigious football program. And I just hope that I'm prepared to take on that challenge."