Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines the special movement that Purdue receiver and future NFL Draft prospect Rondale Moore exhibits as a runner.
Strong, fast, quick, and skilled, Rondale Moore is a marvel for all of these reasons. What I find immediately special about his game is his movement. A wide receiver, Moore moves like some of the great running backs of the college and NFL game. The spectrum of backs to which I’m referring is a seemingly odd assortment—Marshawn Lynch, Darren Sproles, and Barry Sanders—but they share common characteristics.
All three possess the stamina to exhaust opponents on a single play. Sanders and Lynch lacked great top-end speed but they shared the stamina to maintain a high enough rate of speed through contact and multiple moves to outrun defenders for the length and width of the field. All three can stop on a dime and open their hips to change direction with minimal space required. And all three employed unconventional and dynamic footwork to create space and maintain balance.
There are a lot of plays I could have used to showcase Moore’s rare skill for movement, but this one against Nebraska shows hip mobility, unconventional footwork, and lower-body explosion and flexibility.
I can’t wait to study Moore in greater depth.
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