University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Chaz Moore was named to the College Football Performance Awards All-Purpose/Kickoff Returner Award Watch List this week. Moore is entering his third season at UTC and handled most of the kick return duties for the Mocs last season.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Moore had 18 returns for 468 yards in 2011. His 26.0-yard average per kickoff return ranked No. 19 in the nation and was fifth in the Southern Conference. He ranks 14th in the nation among those returning for the 2012 season and third among returning players in the SoCon.
Moore's longest return was a 44-yarder against The Citadel. He also had 40+ yard returns at Eastern Kentucky, Samford and Western Carolina.
Moore's primary position is defensive back where he is expected to step into a starting role this season. He has played in all 22 games over the last two years and made six starts. He forced a pair of fumbles as a freshman and made two picks as a sophomore.
Moore joins junior defensive back D.J. Key (Centerville, Tenn.) junior linebacker Wes Dothard (Carrollton, Ga.), senior defensive end Josh Williams (Griffin, Ga.) and sophomore tight end Faysal Shafaat (Orlando, Fla.) to make up the five Mocs who have been named to the CFPA preseason lists.
The Mocs open 2012 with a trip to South Florida on Sept. 1. The home schedule kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 13 against Glenville State at 7:00 p.m. (E.D.T.). Season tickets are on sale now with more information available here.
2012 CFPA All-Purpose/Kickoff Returner Award Watch List
- Terrance Lewis, Alcorn State
- A.J. Cruz, Brown
- Mark Kachmer, Brown
- Tyler Smith, Bucknell
- Jesse Grandy, Central Arkansas
- Chaz Moore, Chattanooga
- Gary Hunter, Dayton
- Travis Hawkins, Delaware
- Travis Tarpley, Delaware State
- Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington
- Jeremy Moore, Georgetown
- Dominique Swope, Georgia Southern
- Darren McCray, Georgia State
- Albert Wilson, Georgia State
- Seitu Smith II, Harvard
- Andrew Zitnik, Holy Cross
- Colby Walden, Jacksonville
- Torrian Warren, N.C. A&T
- Dontra Peters, New Hampshire
- Arthur Goforth, North Carolina Central
- Jamaal Perkins, Northern Arizona
- Carlos Anderson, Northern Iowa
- Colby Goodwyn, Old Dominion
- Fabian Truss, Samford
- Tim Flanders, Sam Houston State
- Zach Zenner, South Dakota State
- Jordan Wells, Southeastern Louisiana
- Steve Strother, Southern Illinois
- Virgil Williams, Southern University
- Gralyn Crawford, Stephen F. Austin
- Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
- Kyle Harbridge, St. Francis (PA)
- Derrick Joseph, Towson
- Jamal Abdur-Rahman, Villanova
- Dominique Williams Wagner
- George Richardson, Western Carolina
- Chris Smith, Yale