Medford Moorer is in his first year as an academic coordinator in the Herbst Academic Center, joining the athletic department staff on August 1, 2011, from across campus, where he had been working in administration as the graduate coordinator in the Civil Engineering department for five years.
Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2006, he worked one year at Texas A&M as an assistant in academics. That followed two years as a teacher for a charter school in metro Denver, his first full-time position after he completed his college football career for the Buffaloes.
He graduated from CU with a degree in Sociology in August 2003. As a junior, he was the recipient of the Clancy A. Herbst Student-Athlete Achievement Award, presented to the Buff who overcame personal, academic and/or emotional difficulties to success academically while participating in athletics.
He was a four-year letterman in football at Colorado, leading the team in tackles with 111 his senior year in 2003, when he earned second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league coaches. He won three postseason team awards that year, the Hang Tough Award (overcoming the most adversity); the Dave Jones Award (outstanding defensive player); and the Buffalo Heart Award (selected by “the fans behind the bench”). In the postseason, he played in the Hula Bowl. As a sophomore, he had a big play in CU’s 39-37 win over Texas in the Big 12 Championship game, returning an interception 64 yards for a touchdown that gave CU a 29-10 lead late in the first half. His 256 career tackles are still the 27th most in school history.
He was born November 28, 1980 in Los Angeles, and graduated from the city’s Locke High School, where was an All-City and All-League performer in football and also lettered in basketball and track. He is married to the former Mandy (Ament), and the couple recently had their first child, Marshall (both this past June).
Moorer's Full CU Player Biography
AT COLORADO: 2003 (Sr.)—He started all 12 games (11 at free safety and one on the strong side), as he led the team in tackles with 111, including 77 solo stops, as he played the second most snaps from scrimmage on the team with 823. He tied for the lead with interceptions (2), along with adding two forced fumbles, five tackles for loss and seven pass deflections. He had 10 or more tackles on five occasions, including highs of 14 against both Colorado State and Kansas State, with 13 at Baylor, 12 versus Missouri (with a forced fumble) and 11 at Texas Tech, when he returned a first quarter interception 72 yards to set up a CU score. He earned second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league coaches, while the Associated Press selected him honorable mention (though collegefootballnews.com tabbed him a first-teamer). The Colorado Chapter of the National Football Foundation selected him as a second-team All-Colorado performer, and he also won three postseason team awards: the Hang Tough Award (overcoming the most adversity); the Dave Jones Award (outstanding defensive player; and the Buffalo Heart Award (selected by “the fans behind the bench”). In the postseason, he played in the Hula Bowl. All-time at Colorado, he finished tied for 22nd in tackles (256; which tied for the sixth most by a defensive back); tied for 14th in solo tackles (179); tied for 21st in interceptions (7), and tied for 21st in pass deflections (17). He posted the highest average per interception return in school history (34.7) for anyone with six or more picks. He was one of 17 players nationwide nominated for the FWAA/ESPN The Magazine Courage Award, and was one of 37 candidates on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award. Street & Smith’s selected him as a preseason honorable mention All-America, while also being a consensus preseason first-team All-Big 12 pick by most publications. The Sporting News ranked him as the No. 6 free safety in the nation, while Lindy’s Big 12 Football tabbed him No. 15. He was one of 13 players in the spring to earn CU’s prestigious Spring Victory Club honors.
2002 (Jr.)—He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches, though the Dallas Morning News tabbed him as a member of its first-team. The CU coaches selected him as a member of the team’s prestigious Victory Club, as he graded out to 80 percent or better in at least 10 games. He started all 14 games including the Alamo Bowl at free safety, though he often bounced between safety positions depending on the defensive call in CU’s new defense it unveiled for the year. He was second on the team with 107 tackles, and was second in solo stops with 75, including six tackles for loss. He had team-highs of four interceptions and 15 third down stops, and added nine pass deflections, two forced fumbles and a recovery. He returned the fumble he snared 71 yards for a touchdown versus Iowa State, a key play in the game as it stifled a Cyclone game-tying drive. He also returned one of his interceptions for a score, racing 51 yards for six points against Texas Tech, one reason he was named the Big 12 defensive player of the week; he also had eight tackles, all solos, three third down stops, a fourth down stop, a PBU and a second interception. In the bowl game against Wisconsin, he had a mini-season: a game-high 15 tackles (10 solo), a forced fumble, a pass deflection, a hurry and a third down stop. Over the course of the year, he added four more tackles on special team coverage duty. He had a solid spring, with 13 tackles in CU’s three main scrimmages, and was one of 15 players to earn Spring Victory Club honors.
2001 (Soph.)—He played in all 13 games including the Fiesta Bowl, making two starts (versus Missouri and Iowa State). He capped off the regular season by returning an interception 64 yards for a touchdown in the Big 12 championship win over Texas (his first career theft). He played 313 snaps from scrimmage and posted 24 tackles (18 solo), with three third down stops, one tackle for loss and a pass deflection. Against San Jose State, he had a career-high seven tackles (four solo), and he had four versus Colorado State and three solo stops in the Nebraska win. He had an assistant tackle and knockdown block on special teams duty. Against Oregon in the bowl game, he was in on three tackles, one for a loss. He returned to action well ahead of schedule, as he underwent a summer of rehabilitation following a pair of ACL surgeries. Original estimates had him returning around the first of October, but he joined the team with full-go status for the entire August camp. He did miss all of spring practice undergoing rehab, as he first tore the ligament against Texas in 2000, but reinjured it on campus slipping on some ice.
2000 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in the first six games of the season, but he had it cut short when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Texas. He played 108 snaps from scrimmage as he was in 14 tackles, including nine solo. He was gaining a reputation for making the big play, as he had five third down stops and a forced fumble. He had a season-high five tackles, including three third stops, against Colorado State in the season opener, and he had four stops in the win at Texas A&M. On special teams, he had knockdown block and a fumble recovery. He enjoyed an excellent spring, and the coaches selected him as the winner of the Most Improved Defensive Player Award for spring practice in citing his play. He tied for the team-lead with 16 tackles in the two major spring scrimmages, and added two forced fumbles and a recovery.
1999 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced the entire year at both free and strong safety. He was the Scout Team Defense award winner for the Kansas State game, as selected the coaches.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he was named the defensive most valuable player in the Southeast Division Conference, earning first-team all-league and all-city honors at free safety from the Los Angeles Times. Prep Football Report selected him on its all-West team, ranking him No. 71 overall and as the seventh best defensive back. As a junior, he was a second-team all-conference performer. As a senior at free safety, he was in on 106 tackles (89 solo), forced an incredible 18 fumbles, made seven interceptions and had 15 passes broken up. On offense (wide receiver), he caught 18 passes for 475 yards and nine touchdowns. He also was his team's punter as a senior, averaging almost 55 yards per punt on 18 kicks (with a long of 75). His junior year, he had 80 tackles (59 solo), with four interceptions, eight passes broken up and five forced fumbles, while catching 27 passes for 375 yards and seven TDs on the other side of the ball. He was called up to the varsity for the playoffs as a sophomore, and he responded with an interception and two forced fumbles. In two years of junior varsity action, he played safety and outside linebacker and racked up 125 tackles, 10 pass deflections, nine forced fumbles and seven interceptions. He played tight end on the junior varsity, with two-year totals of 57 catches for 700 yards and 19 touchdowns. His top games as a senior came in wins against Roosevelt, when he scored two touchdowns, forced two fumbles and had an interception, and against Bell, when he forced three fumbles. Locke was 7-4 his senior year, losing in the first round of the CIF playoffs, and was 3-7 his junior year under coach D.C. Robinson. He also lettered in basketball, averaging 13 points per game as a senior, and in track, reaching the city finals in the 110-hurdles as a junior.
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a degree in sociology in August 2003. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Clancy A. Herbst Student-Athlete Achievement Award, presented to the student-athlete who overcame personal, academic and/or emotional difficulties to success academically while participating in athletics. He was an honor roll student in high school.
PERSONAL—Born Nov. 28, 1980 in Los Angeles. Hobbies include watching football and basketball games, listening to music and golf. He has worked with kids in day care several summers and is interested in becoming a special education teacher after college. He was the first player to commit to CU from Locke since Darian Hagan and Vincent Smith in 1988; Hagan of course led CU to three Big Eight titles and a national championship. A pregame ritual is to listen to James Brown before every game he competes in.