Ferris State's Tayo Moss Claims All-America Honors

Ferris State's Tayo Moss Claims All-America Honors

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior linebacker Tayo Moss (South Rockwood/Monroe St. Mary's) has been honored for his accomplishments by being tabbed to the 2012 Division II All-America Honorable Mention Team as chosen by Beyond Sports College Network.

Moss helped lead the Bulldogs to a 7-4 overall record during the 2012 campaign under first-year head coach Tony Annese, which marked only the second time in the past decade the Bulldogs have won seven or more games in a season.

FSU's 2012 wins included the program's first victory over rival Grand Valley State since 1999, the Bulldogs' first triumph over Michigan Tech in 10 years and a memorable come-from-behind road win against defending NCAA Division II National Runner-Up Wayne State.

A two-time first team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection, Moss led the conference in stops for the second-straight year with a league-high 116 total tackles. He added eight tackles for loss (-14 yards), two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and a forced fumble while starting all 11 contests.  His totals included a school-record 82-yard fumble recovery return for a score.

Earlier this season, Moss received National Defensive Player of the Week recognition from the Beyond Sports Network following the Bulldogs' victory over Michigan Tech at Top Taggart Field in which he totaled 17 tackles in the contest and also had 1.5 tackles for loss. 

He was also chosen as the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week this year for his performance in a home win over Walsh (Sept. 22) when he had a pair of game-changing plays to key the Bulldogs' 20-14 victory.  With the Bulldogs trailing 7-6 early in the fourth quarter and Walsh inside the FSU redzone, Moss scooped up a fumble and raced 82 yards to the endzone to give Ferris State the lead. 

On the following offensive play, Moss forced a Walsh fumble that was recovered by the Bulldogs at the Cavaliers' 34-yard line and eventually led to another score.  He tallied a game-high 13 tackles, including five solo hits, to go with a tackle for loss, forced fumble and the fumble recovery return. The 82-yard return for a score is a school record and also surpassed the Bulldogs' previous season-high total of 78 fumble return yards.

Prior to his senior campaign, Moss received preseason All-America recognition by being named to the 2012 USA Football News First Team and the Beyond Sports College Network Division II Second Team. He was also tabbed as the GLIAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the annual D2Football.com Magazine and one of the top three players to watch in the GLIAC this fall by the Beyond Sports College Network.

As a junior in 2011, Moss received all-conference recognition for the first time after finishing the 2011 regular-season campaign as the GLIAC's leading tackler (10.7 tpg.) with 35 solo stops and 85 assisted hits for 118 total tackles. Moss was honored in 2011 as a member of the Don Hansen Division II All-Super Region Three Second Team on the defensive side.

Last week, Moss was recognized as a Daktronics All-Super Region Four Second Team selection for the 2012 campaign.  He wrapped up his Bulldog career with 324 total tackles, which includes 119 solo stops and 205 assisted hits.  In addition, he compiled 19 tackles for loss (-40 yards), four sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and an interception in 38 games.