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#32 Maurice Cantrell
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 220
Year: Freshman
City/State: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
High School: Washington
Experience: High School

 

AT COLORADO: 2008 (Sr.)—He spent the first half of the season atop the depth chart at fullback, eventually dropping to second, but still saw scrimmage action as well as time on special teams.  He caught four passes for 21 yards on the season, and was seventh in special team points with 11; those came on the strength of 11 knockdown or springing blocks on the kickoff return unit.  One of the inaugural players selected for a Gold Group Commitment Award, and was named one of four team captains in a vote by his teammates near the end of fall camp.  The coaches selected him as the recipient of the Jim Hansen Award for outstanding academics following spring ball, and he was also the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the running backs for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage for spring strength and conditioning.  He was CU’s official nomination to the AFCA for its Good Works Team, which recognizes those players who go above and beyond in performing community servive.

 

2007 (Jr.)—He played in all 13 games with three starts, including against Alabama in the Independence Bowl.  He was used primarily in a blocking role on offense.  On special teams, he earned four points on the strength of a tackle inside-the-20 and two knockdown blocks.   

 

2006 (Soph.)—He saw action in all 12 games, including five starts, at fullback as well as some special teams duty as well.  Primarily used as a blocker, he earned his first career start in the sixth game of the season (Baylor), and was the starting fullback the remainder of the year.  He was a surprise offensive weapon in the 30-6 win over Texas Tech, as he caught two passes for 38 yards early in the game to help set the tone for the Buffs.  Iowa State, as He was switched from inside linebacker to fullback the second week of August drills.  He began camp third on the depth chart at the “mike” position, but with CU fairly green at fullback, he was moved to offense for a look and the move quickly became permanent.

 

2005 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in four games, including the Champs Sports Bowl versus Clemson (no starts), all on special teams; he also appeared in the New Mexico State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M contests.  He had two tackles and a forced fumble in the three full spring scrimmages.

 

2004 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he did not see any action but practiced all season at inside linebacker.  He won the Scout Team Defense Award for the Washington State game.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior team captain, he was an All-Midlands performer by both SuperPrep and Prep Football Report, with Rivals.com rating him as the No. 9 overall player in Iowa.   SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 47 player overall in the Midlands (the 5th linebacker), while PFR tabbed him No. 74 overall and as the 11th ‘backer.  In earning first-team all-state (Elite Squad and 4A), All-Mississippi Valley Conference and all-metro honors as a senior, he was in on 106 tackles (74 solo) from his inside linebacker position in being named his team’s defensive MVP.  He added nine tackles for loss, including four quarterback sacks, with six forced fumbles, two recoveries, 12 quarterback hurries, six pass deflections and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.  Playing fullback on offense, he rushed for 380 yards and three scores on 40 carries, including a long touchdown run of 80 yards.  As a junior, he earned first-team all-conference and all-metro honors and the co-MVP on defense for Washington as he racked up 80 tackles (24 solo), with six for losses, four interceptions (two for touchdowns), three forced fumbles and two recoveries.  On offense, he rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, and caught two passes for 50 yards and a score.  Washington was 12-1 his senior year and 9-1 his junior season, claiming Mississippi Valley Conference and metro titles both times in finishing as the state runner-up in 2003 after losing in the first round of state playoffs in 2002 under coach Paul James.  He lettered four times in track (sprints; he had career bests of 11.5 in the 100 and 22.9 in the 200), twice in wrestling (189-pound weight class) and once in swimming.

 

ACADEMICS—He graduated with his degree in International Affairs in May 2008, but decided to add another major (Ethnic Studies) and was on pace for that degree by May 2009.  He was a solid high school student who made the Honor Roll as a junior.

 

PERSONAL—He was born April 27, 1986 in Portsmouth, Va.  Hobbies include lifting weights and listening to music.  An uncle (Kenneth Cantrell) played running back in college at a small school in Indiana.  In high school, he did volunteer work at a nursing home in Cedar Rapids, and was active in his community with kids.  As a junior, he mentored elementary school youngsters, and as a senior, he was a member of student panels that worked with both elementary and middle school children as he enjoys being a role model for kids of all ages.  He has done more of the same in college and was CU’s nomination for the 2008 AFCA’s Good Works Team.  He has overcome a couple of childhood maladies (cleft lip and palette) and played a big part in raising his siblings as the family moved several times during his youth.  Nickname is “Moe.”



Rushing ...................................... High Games

Season

G

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Att

Yds

2006

12

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

2007

12

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

2008

12

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

Totals

36

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0


Receiving ...................................High Games

Season

G

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Rec

Yds

2006

12

2

38

19.0

0

20

2

38

2007

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2008

12

4

21

5.3

0

7

1

7

Totals

36

6

59

9.8

0

20

2

38


ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 2,0--2 (2006); 1.0-1 (2007).

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