Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is former Penn State wideout Derek Moye, who's fifth on PSU's career receptions list (144). He was a three-year starter who ended his career with 2,395 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Moye graduated in December and later signed a free-agent deal with the Miami Dolphins. He was waived, claimed by the New Orleans Saints and then cut. He's back home in Pennsylvania and working hard to make it onto another NFL roster.
NittanyNation: Looking back at your Penn State career, what are you most proud of?
Derek Moye: I think my proudest accomplishment would be being voted captain. Going into Penn State, I wasn't a low recruit, but I wasn't a highly rated recruit, either. So I just went in, probably, with expectations to contribute to the team. I wasn't going in and expecting to be voted a captain or anything like that.
Anytime you get voted by your teammates to be a leader, that's a great accomplishment.
NN: What's your take on names on the back of the jerseys?
DM: You know, the ideas of the names, it doesn't bother me personally -- I just think it looks ugly. The idea doesn't bother me. But I don't know. I just don't think it looks right. It's just weird, you know? It's something that people probably thought they would never see. It just doesn't look like it should actually be there.
NN: How closely do you still follow Penn State, and what's the biggest difference you've noticed in this team?
DM: I follow it. Obviously, I have friends on the team, so I try to watch all the games. And if I can't watch it, I look at the stats -- but I follow it pretty closely. I was up for the first game, against Ohio.
I think the main thing that's changed is obviously the coaches and the playbook. Coach [Bill] O'Brien, he's a great strategist and good at picking apart defenses. He's putting his players in the best position to make plays. I think you can see in [Matt] McGloin's play that he's really taken Coach O'Brien's hiring really well. ... Anyone who's able to work under Bill Belichick is probably going to be qualified, and I think he's shown he's more than qualified.
NN: For someone who's never stepped foot in Happy Valley, what would you tell them about Penn State?
DM: Penn State -- you can just tell by the name. Even when I was offered a scholarship, my excitement level was higher than what I had from other schools. I thought I didn't know where I was going to go, but when I look back now, I realize it was Penn State the whole time. It's just the name that carries it -- and the tradition.
When I went there, I had a great time playing football and being a student and enjoying campus life.
NN: We talked before, and you told me you wouldn't be chasing this NFL dream forever. Do you have a timetable set up?
DM: Yeah, I think I'll give it another shot next year and see if anything happens this season so I can get an opportunity. Like I said before, I know I can play at that level -- it's just a matter of performing to the best of my abilities. If it doesn't work out, then I'll just try to get to the real world and get a job. I'm not 100 percent sure what else I'd like to do yet. I'd like to narrow it down; I guess I'll worry about that when the time comes.
I work out every day. It's just that some things held me back, and I didn't perform as well. I know what I need to do, as far as being successful and playing football. It's just a matter of when I get my chance again. It's a matter of showing what I can do.