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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: KeShaun Moore, DE/LB, Hampton University

KeShaun Moore is an animal on defense for Hampton University who strikes fear in opposing QBs. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: KeShaun Moore
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 270 lbs.
  • Position: OLB/EDGE
  • College: Hampton University
  • Twitter: keshaunmoe
  • Instagram: keshaunlancemoore

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I began my college career at JMU studying Kinesiology. Things didn’t work out there, and I ended up at Lackawanna College where I obtained my Associates in Business. I had earned a spot on the Dean’s List twice during my time there and was also part of Phi Theta Kappa which is a National Honors Society. Since being at Hampton, I have maintained a 3.0 GPA. I recently graduated with a Liberal Studies degree and will be working on a Business Marketing Degree moving forward. I have participated in community service, helping to coach kids at a local football camp.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My best quality is my hard work and willingness to help out in any way I can. I am selfless on the field and willing to do the dirty work. I don’t mind taking up double teams in order to free up others to make the play.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I’m not too vocal on the field, yet I’m a steady worker who’s willing to put in the time to succeed. I have been in different schemes and used in a few different positions. I played MLB at JMU and JUCO. I have since played a stand-up linebacker on the edge and defensive end. We recently played in a 3-4 base scheme and will be playing a 3-3-5 moving forward with a lot of DBs on the field. The coaches put me in a position to excel, using me as the edge of the defense, playing field side, and being disruptive in the backfield. I am primarily used as an edge rusher either standing up or with my hand in the dirt. I’ve also enjoyed playing special teams since my early days at JMU and have also played the shield on punts at Hampton.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
My redshirt freshman year, I played against NC State’s Garrett Bradbury who was a first-round draft pick for the Vikings. He was good with his hands and feet, moving very well. He also communicated very effectively across the line. He was really aggressive and very precise with his movements.

In the Big South Conference, Robert Morris had a QB last season in George Martin that did well. He was a good game manager and set up his offense really well. He had the ability to see things on the field before they happened.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Jadakis Bonds is a big body WR who is a very impressive teammate. He’s an excellent playmaker and hard worker. He also takes younger guys under his wing and helps them along.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
Losing my scholarship when I was at JMU was a very low moment in my life that I had to overcome. I had a full semester where I was home from school and didn’t know what was going to happen. I eventually got in touch with my old high school coach who mentored me through that part of my life. I also had a friend who was currently at Lackawanna. After showing that coach my high school film, he gave me the opportunity to go out and play. I had a great season at Lackawanna having 10.5 TFL. Yet, the recruiting process after that came with more challenges given the pandemic. I couldn’t even have an official visit. Hampton was still able to offer me a scholarship despite the circumstances. I just knew that God was with me along the way and led me to where I am now. I feel at home now at Hampton University. 

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
I would probably play lacrosse or rugby. I like the contact and the excitement. I ran spring track in high school but never played lacrosse. Even though the lacrosse coach wanted me to play, I decided to stick to my priority of playing football.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m proud of making the Dean’s List and Honors Society after not performing well in the classroom early on. I can now say that I’m a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
My most memorable moment happened in JUCO back in 2019. We were facing Snow College who was a highly ranked opponent. I returned a fumble for about 60 yards and a touchdown. We were able to win that game and go on to an undefeated regular season.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
My favorite athletes are Nick Bosa and Aaron Donald. I like watching them so that I can pick up tips on how to dominate in the trenches.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
I might get made fun of, but I like to listen to a German band called Rammstein. They get me pumped before games.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Little Caesar’s stuffed crust pizza.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
One of my favorite movies is the newer version of Planet of the Apes. I also like the movie 300. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
If I’m not working out or lifting weights, then I play video games like Guitar Hero or Call of Duty. I also enjoy playing electric guitar.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
When I was a kid, I played for the simple love of the game. Over time, that evolved into loving the process of the game and honing in on my craft. I really appreciate what football has given me. It has brought me to so many places and has given me a free education. My family motivates me. I want to be able to provide for them. I’m also motivated in proving all of my doubters wrong.

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