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Moynihan is anything but average July 27, 2007

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Despite smallish frame, linebacker ready to step up at Wayne State

By Shawn Wright

On the surface, Mike Moynihan is just an average kid. He likes to go to parties, hang out with friends and play video games.

And despite his seemingly pedestrian frame — all of 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds — when Moynihan steps onto the football field, he is anything but average.

At linebacker, was a Dream Team selection by both The Detroit News and Free Press as a senior, when he racked up 151 tackles. He amassed 130 tackles and two interceptions in his junior year.mikem.jpg

He excelled as a fullback — 470 yards on 72 carries for eight touchdowns — in his senior year, but his heart was always that of a linebacker.

“I’ve been playing linebacker for 14 years now,” Moynihan said. “I’m all right in the other positions but I just feel more comfortable (at linebacker) — more at home.”

The former Allen Park standout played a total of four positions in his high school career: punter, fullback, halfback and linebacker.

Moynihan was a leader for the Jaguars his senior year and understands that a team is all about camaraderie and friendship, something he’s already started on with his fellow recruits — and the season hasn’t even begun.

“I made best friends with the guys,” Moynihan said of his fellow WSU teammates playing with him at Saturday’s MHSFCA All-Star Game on the East team. “I’ve been talking with them all week and I can tell that the game is going to be faster in college — better, faster players and harder hitting.”

Not only will the level of the players on the field be elevated, but so will his new head coach, Paul Winters.

“He seems like a very strong coach,” Moynihan said. “He knows what he’s talking about, knows what his goal is and is always striving for it.”

Winters is looking forward to Moynihan joining the Warrior ranks and helping him succeed.

“He may not be a prototype,” Winters said, “but I guarantee Mike Moynihan is going to surprise people.”

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