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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Harrison Moon, OT, UT-Chattanooga

Harrison Moon UT-Chattanooga
Harrison Moon is an athletic and intelligent member of the Chattanooga offensive line at RT. After missing most of 2019 due to injury, Moon is ready to have a breakout season in 2020. He recently spoke to Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Harrison Moon
  • Height: 6’5”
  • Weight: 297 lbs
  • Position: OT
  • College: UT-Chattanooga
  • Twitter: @HarrisonMoon1

Tell us about your university/college. Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

I attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It is an incredible school in an amazing city. The academics and professors are as good as they come and we have a world class football program. I’m not involved in other campus activities at the moment, but it is something I am interested in. Being involved in campus life and the community is something very important to me.

How did you end up at Tennessee Chattanooga?

I came to UT Chattanooga spring of 2018 after transferring from Mississippi State University. I spent 3 seasons at MSU before transferring. I felt like coming to UTC would be an incredible opportunity for me to grow as a player and really contribute to the team’s success. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My work ethic and passion for the game. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

I see myself really settling into a leadership role for the team, especially on the offensive line. I’ve played in mostly a spread offense my entire college career so that is something I think I have really grown into. I love studying the game so I think I could find a role in any system I am presented with. As far as position goes, I think I am very versatile, I have played right tackle, left tackle, and center. I feel very comfortable moving around to different positions to help the team succeed. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

I have been fortunate to line up against many great players. Javon Kinlaw and Darrell Taylor are two that probably stand out the most. They were both great players with a high motor who were great competition to line up against. 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

I’m blessed to have many great teammates. We have a phenomenal group of guys at UTC, but the one who stands out the most is TE Chris James. He is an undeniable leader, loves the game of football, and works harder than anyone I’ve ever met. 

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

In the 2019 season, I had a season ending injury. That was an incredibly tough time because it was my senior season and I didn’t know if I would ever play football again. It was a difficult process because throughout the season I was waiting to hear back from the NCAA about receiving a medical redshirt. Rehabbing my injury and trying to find my place to still be involved with the team was difficult at first, but then I was able to settle into my role. My family, teammates, trainers, and coaches helped get me through that process. Once I received my medical redshirt from the NCAA, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. I was so excited that I was blessed with another opportunity to get back with the team and win some football games. 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

I’m most proud of being a Chattanooga Moc. I’ve lived in Chattanooga my entire life. Getting to put on a jersey and represent my home town and play in front of the people I love the most is a feeling like no other. 

My biggest achievement would have to be earning the starting job on the offensive line at UTC. Being put in a position to contribute to winning games is like no other. 

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

My most memorable play would be against South Carolina during the 2018 season. The very first play of the game our coaches called a deep ball and we executed it perfectly. Bryce Nunnely, our wide receiver, caught the ball for a huge gain. It was one of the most exciting plays I’ve ever been a part of. 

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

I would play golf if I didn’t play football. I haven’t gravitated to other sports besides football in my life. Golf is something my friends and I do occasionally to have a good time. So if I had to pick, I would play golf 

What was your major/minor? Other than football, what would be your dream job?

I graduated with a degree in Psychology. I am currently pursuing a second degree in Sports Management. My dream job would be something in the coaching industry. Whether that be a strength coach or on the field coach. 

What have you been working on in the off-season?

This offseason my main focus has been getting healthy for this upcoming season. I’ve been working a ton of position drills as well as emphasising building strength in the weight room.

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Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite athlete is Taylor Lewan. He plays offensive line the way it is supposed to be played. I don’t model my game after one specific player. I do like to watch NFL film to learn and pick up things to try to apply to my game. I think watching any of the NFL greats helps because they have mastered the art of blocking and demonstrate techniques that work against the best players. 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Do you have any secret talents?

My spare time is most spent hanging out with my friends and teammates. We usually go fishing, play golf, or go out to eat. I don’t do too much in my spare time. I just relax when I am not doing football related activities. I can solve a rubix cube. I don’t know if that classifies as a secret talent, but it is something I have learned to do during this pandemic. 

Why do you play football?

I play football because I love the game and have an intense passion for the game. I love to compete. Football is the greatest game on the planet and teaches so many life lessons. The camaraderie with teammates, the work it takes to be successful, and getting to impose your will on another individual makes the game so special. 

Who or what motivates you the most?

My family motivates me the most. Family is the most important thing in my life. They have been by my side through all the highs and lows. They are my number one supporters and have my back through anything. They motivate me to be my absolute best because I wouldn’t be where I’m at without my family.

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