Relatively new to this country, Moses Cornelius has found the game of American football much to his liking.
So much so that the record-breaking back from Antioch High will be continuing his education and gridiron career at Lebanon’s Cumberland University this fall.
Born in the Republic of Uganda, Cornelius and his family arrived in the United States a little over eight years ago.
Adapting quickly, he flourished in school, graduating in the Top Ten Percent at Antioch with a 3.6 GPA.
His football numbers speak for themselves. Cornelius is the second all-time leading rusher in the proud history of Bear football with 3,591 career yards and 37 touchdowns.
Built low to the ground at 5-10, 205 pounds, he has been clocked at 4.6 in the 40 yard dash and was more than a handful for opposing tacklers.
Cornelius was named All-Metro Nashville in 2013 and was a two-time All-District 12AAA selection and was the Metro and District Player of the Year as a junior -- averaging over 100 yards per game for two seasons.
“Moses is a stud,” said his former coach Mike Woodward, now the head coach at Brentwood High. “Some of the things Cumberland does offensively will be right up his alley,” Woodward said.
“One change will be him adjusting to playing in a two point stance rather than in a three point stance. He’s got good vision, so I think that won’t be a problem.
“But with the spread look Cumberland uses, there will be fewer guys in the box trying to stop him. At Antioch, he was facing eight and nine defenders in the box almost every snap.”
A member of a large family, Cornelius wanted the opportunity to attend college, but didn’t want to move too far away from his home.
“Moses still has to fight through language barriers,” Woodward said, “he speaks a little slowly, thinks about what he’s saying. He’s had to mature at a very mature age, and in a lot of cases has managed to take care of himself. You won’t find anyone in the building at Antioch who has something bad to say about Moses.”
Woodward spoke highly of his former player attending Cumberland University.
“I think Cumberland is a great situation for Moses, he can still be close to his extended family and they can come watch him play,” Woodward said.
Cornelius benches over 300 pounds and squats around 450 pounds.
“Cumberland is getting a heck of a player, he’s basically a solid muscle with a great burst of speed. He’s a load to bring down,” Woodward said.
BULLDOG BITES -- Cornelius and the rest of the incoming freshmen will report for football Thursday, Aug. 14. Returning players will report on Monday, Aug. 11.
CU opens the 2014 season at home Saturday, Sept. 6 vs. the University of the Cumberlands.
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