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Don’t sleep on Purdue’s Rondale Moore for the 2020 Heisman

Whether you're a player, coach, fan or analyst, there is one thing we all have in common: despising when injuries rob us of seeing greatness from football's elite. That’s exactly what happened last year with Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore. After being named a first-team All-American and winning the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player in college football) as a true freshman in 2018, Moore came back in 2019 and looked like he would have an even bigger year. Then he suffered an injury in Week 5 that knocked him out the rest of the season.

We must not forget about the damage Moore did in 2018, however.

The prestigious Heisman Award has basically become a quarterback’s award to win — and rightfully so — and there are truly only a few non-quarterbacks who have the potential to enter the discussion during the 2020 season. With a clean bill of health, Rondale Moore is without question among those non-quarterbacks who have a chance to win the Heisman.

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Moore’s 2018 true freshman campaign was clearly special. He finished the season with an 89.7 receiving grade — which tied for sixth among FBS wide receivers — and was the second-most-valuable wide receiver in college football in regard to PFF’s Wins Above Average (WAA). In fact, it was the second-best season we have ever recorded by a non-quarterback true freshman:

Most valuable season by a non-QB true freshman in the PFF College era (since 2014)
Player, school, year WAA
1. CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU (2019) 1.01
2. WR Rondale Moore, Purdue (2018) 0.68
3. WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama (2018) 0.67

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