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John Moten '15

January 7, 2017

John Moten '15 was featured in the 1.07.17 St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  "The college football season does not end until Monday night when Alabama meets Clemson for the national championship. At Northwestern, however, a look toward next fall already is underway thanks to the late-season emergence of running back John Moten, the latest backfield success story out of John Burroughs. Moten and fellow returning running back Justin Jackson will provide Northwestern with what may be the top one-two Big Ten rushing punch for 2017. Jackson, a senior-to-be, finished this season with 1,606 yards. Moten ended his redshirt freshman year with 353 yards, including two 100-yard efforts in his last four games for a Northwestern team (7-6) that beat Pitt 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl. 'We thought John was a great fit from a great academic school,' Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told the Daily Northwestern about recruiting Moten. 'He followed Ezekiel Elliott, who I think has turned out to be pretty good, and everybody there felt that John was a player that had his best football ahead of him. The junior and senior seasons of Elliott and Moten at John Burroughs were similar. Elliott, who became an all-American at Ohio State and is now an All-Pro with the Dallas Cowboys, rushed for 3,957 yards and 74 touchdowns during the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Burroughs. Moten followed with 4,272 yards and 63 touchdowns in 2013-14. Moten began to emerge as a bona fide threat at Northwestern as he learned to adapt to the college game. 'A lot of things that I’ve been focusing on deal with pass protection and route running,' Moten said. 'If you can do everything right, not just running the ball, that’s what makes the big difference.'”