Oct. 7, 2011
Mosley and Bearcats regroup for matchup with Mules
Two years ago, wide receiver David Mosley ended his college football career at Wayne State (MI.). The team asked him to redshirt his junior season after he played his freshman and sophomore years.
Instead of giving up on college football, Mosley entertained an ambitious thought: How about playing for the best football program in NCAA Division II?
"I decided if I couldn't play for the No. 1 team in the nation then football wasn't going to work out for me," Mosley said.
So Mosley started calling Northwest Missouri State coaching staff constantly. He sent e-mails. All he wanted was a look.
But Northwest gets plenty of requests from players across the country. When you make the Division II championship game five straight years, interest is going to be high.
"He kind of showed up," Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said. "He told Mel (Tjeerdsma) that he was coming down. We get that a lot so we were not expecting a lot. His father brought him down. I knew right away just by watching him run around. He did a really good job."
After the workout in late spring of 2010, Mosley learned he made the team as a walk-on.
"One of the things Coach T said to me was he liked my ambition," Mosley said. "I never stopped calling him just to see what was going on and what can I do and when can I come down and work out."
But just making the team doesn't automatically make you a true Bearcat. Mosley found that out during the 2010-11 school year.
A true Bearcat works hard at both aspects of being a student-athlete. On the field, Mosley couldn't rely solely on his athletic ability.
"One of the things Coach T said to me last year was, ‘we knew you could do it, but if you can't complete the assignment the way we want it done, we aren't going to put you out there,' " Mosley said.
"Learning the Bearcat way was one of the biggest things when I got here. I caught onto it and have been moving forward ever since."
It's noticeable. Northwest wide receiver coach Joel Osborn has seen the difference in Mosley from last year.
"Last year it took him a while to figure it out," Osborn said. "I'm just so proud of him. He's a kid who walked on last year and now he plays an integral role in our offense. He does a great job for us.
"David has made a complete transition from where he was last year as a player and as a student to where he is right now. I just don't know how to describe how much better he is at this time and how better he is doing in the classroom in everything.
"He is what I would call a Bearcat right now."
It means Mosley really feels the pain when the team doesn't do as well as it would like, such as last week when Northwest lost a MIAA game for the first time since 2005.
Northwest is looking to bounce back from a 38-35 loss to Pittsburg State on Saturday when it plays at Central Missouri. It's Central Missouri's homecoming game and close 13,000 fans are expected. Both teams are 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA.
"Saturday, after the Pittsburg State game, we were pretty angry. Guys didn't know what was going on," Mosley said. "Nobody was pointing fingers or blaming anyone. It was more players saying what they could have done.
"We went in and watched film, noticed our problems and actually, we beat ourselves. Everybody is ready to go. The loss is forgotten. We are just thinking about Central."
Dorrel was curious how his team would respond after the loss. He liked what he saw Sunday and Monday.
"I was interested to see how they handled Sunday, just their body language and watching them in the weight room," Dorrel said. "We had a couple of grumpy guys and we talked about that a little bit. I feel good about how they handled it."
"I want to see better focus than we had last week. The preparation going into last week was good, the video and stuff. But I want to see better practices and guys more focused to practice and finish a practice."
"We got to cut down on the mental bust in practice. We had way too many last week and I thought it showed Saturday."
Mosley knows all about the focus needed to become part of a truly special football program. He said he and the rest of the Bearcats are ready to go against Central.
For the season, Mosley has caught 11 passes for 70 yards. His value extends beyond statistics.
"The thing I'm proud of is he made himself into a good receiver," Dorrel said. "He's worked on catching the ball. He's always been a great blocker. Learning our offense and improving his hands has given him a lot of confidence and our quarterbacks a lot of confidence in him.
"He's just a good kid. He has bought into what we are doing. The kids love him. He is one of those personalities that makes practice fun. He's always having a good time, but he's getting his work done."
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