KINGSVILLE, Texas - In atypical chilly conditions at Javelina Stadium, Newberry College outside linebacker Andre Moyd earned a starting position for the East squad at the 2010 Valero Cactus Bowl. However, the West squad's defense dominated the East offense to earn a 16-0 victory.
Moyd, a senior from Andrews, S.C., made a good impression on East squad head coach John Levra and his staff in just under a week of practices to earn the starting role and was one of only three Super Region II players to start defensively for the East team, joined by the North Greenville duo of defensive end Andre Bernardi and cornerback Xavier Boykin.
Moyd represented the scarlet and gray well, making three tackles in the game, all of which were solo stops. On the second drive of the game, Moyd stopped running back LaRon Council of national champion Northwest Missouri State for a gain of only two yards on first down. Moyd's next tackle came in the third quarter on a passing play when he stopped Keldrick Johnson of Ouachita Baptist for two yards on a completion from Billy Garza of Texas A&M-Kingsville. Moyd had great pursuit in the fourth quarter to bring down Council once again for a gain of only four yards. Council was the game's leading rusher with 10 carries for 55 yards. Each of Moyd's tackles on Council stopped him for less than his game average.
The Cactus Bowl wraps up Moyd's collegiate career. Moyd was a first team all-SAC honoree at linebacker in 2009. He was Newberry's second leading tackler with 51 tackles after moving to linebacker from cornerback this season. He ranked in the top 25 in the conference in stops and recovered three fumbles, which tied for second in the league. He also forced two fumbles this season.
At the 2009 East Coast Bowl in Petersburg, Va., Moyd recorded six total tackles for the South squad, including five solo stops. The Cactus Bowl was Moyd's second all-star game for this season. He wrapped up his career with 107 total tackles, 13 passes defended, five fumble recoveries, five interceptions, four forced fumbles and three return touchdowns.
Moyd was the third Newberry College player to participate in the Cactus Bowl. Center Zack Farr represented the scarlet and gray in the 2006 game and cornerback Jonathan Lyles participated in the 2005 game, sealing a win for the East squad with an interception of Pittsburg State's Neal Philpot on the West's final drive.
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