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JUCO DB Darius Moore Felt at Home With Huskers

June 23, 2020

The Huskers added a unique walk-on on Monday. Iowa Western defensive back Darius Moore‍ announced he would be joining the program as a late 2020 addition.

Moore has three years to play two seasons at Nebraska. He is scheduled to arrive in Lincoln this summer. The Iowa native visited Nebraska last September for the matchup with Northern Illinois. He knew it was the right time to make his next move.

“Honestly it just felt right,” Moore told Hail Varsity. “I have taken a couple of visits before to Nebraska. You just get that feeling like ‘I’m home.’ When I talk to Coach [Erik] Chinander and the other coaches, they are really nice people there. It just clicked honestly. It was just a gut feeling. I feel like I can make the most out of my opportunity here too.”

Moore qualified out of high school in Iowa. When he went to Iowa Western he could have left whenever but kept working for more opportunities. He just graduated a couple of weeks ago and got admitted to Nebraska last Friday. Moore is ready to get to Lincoln as soon as possible. He’s coming off a productive season for the Reivers. He finished with 41 total tackles, third on the team. These types of plays on his highlight film are what make him an intriguing addition to the team.


Moore wanted to be at Nebraska for a while. Scott Strohmeier, his head coach at Iowa Western, sent his film over to Chinander and Scott Frost to check out. They liked what they saw enough to give him a shot to make the team. Moore is grateful to Strohmeier for looking out for him in that way. Moore earned all-conference honors last season in a tough conference. He counts his football IQ as his best asset.

“Me and my coach, [defensive backs] Coach [Eric] Finney we would stay after meetings and we will just go over play after play,” Moore said. “We’ll watch the same play five or 10 times straight. It’s really comes down to paying attention to detail. I feel like that’s one of my greatest strengths.

“Also, just the will to never back down like no matter what. I love competition.”


Moore appears to play faster on film because he has good anticipation from watching film. It certainly won’t hurt to add him to the mix at safety for the next few seasons. The team doesn’t have much proven depth after projected starters Deontai Williams and Marquel Dismuke. Moore’s willingness to throw his body around on the field might allow him to help on special teams. That’s an area where Nebraska could use increased competition.

“The thing I’m looking forward to most, I would say is just getting to know the team and the coaches,” Moore said. “Plus seeing the difference between a powerhouse school coming from a JUCO. You go through some things at JUCO. You don’t have a lot of access to certain things that you would at a university.

“It’s really just comparing the two and seeing that all my work has been paying off. We’re obviously not finished working yet, but it’s paying off.”

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