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Perham's Ty Moser says return to football with Cobbers has 'blossomed into something awesome'

Concordia linebacker Ty Moser is expected to be one of the top defensive players for the Cobbers football team this fall.

Concordia Cobbers linebacker Ty Moser
Concordia linebacker Ty Moser has found a home with the Cobbers football team after starting his college career on the North Dakota State wrestling team.
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MOORHEAD — After his first season in the North Dakota State wrestling program, Ty Moser entered the transfer portal and then soon after that decision COVID-19 hit.

That gave the former Perham (Minn.) High School three-sport athlete time to think about his college athletics future in the spring of 2020.

“It was kind of the perfect storm where I was ready to try something new,” Moser said. “I wasn’t sure if that was a different sport or a different wrestling team. COVID kind of threw things in a whirl.”

That contemplation led to Moser transferring to Concordia, where he has developed into one of the top defensive players on the football team. The Cobbers had their first fall practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Jake Christiansen Stadium.

“The first day of practice is really the culmination of all the summer work,” said Moser, a senior inside linebacker. “It’s always an optimistic day and spirits are running high. It really is one of the best days of the year.”

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Concordia linebacker Ty Moser drills during Cobbers football practice at Jake Christiansen Stadium on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
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Moser joined the Cobbers football program prior to the 2020 season and also planned to wrestle for Concordia, but that plan changed once he became immersed in the football program, even though the Cobbers had their fall season canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was the combination of getting back and having some nostalgia about football,” said Moser, who also played baseball at Perham for most of his prep career. “Then I immediately clicked with the coaching staff and my teammates. By the time winter rolled around, I was pretty set that I was going to focus all my efforts on football. … I fell in love with Concordia football pretty quickly and from there it kind of blossomed into something awesome.”

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Moser was an honorable mention All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection for the Cobbers last fall. Moser finished second on the team with 59 total tackles in 10 games in his first season as a starter.

“He’s tough as nails, he’s athletic, he’s got a great frame on him, he’s smart,” Cobbers head coach Terry Horan said. “The guys love him. There are so many intangibles that he brings to the table.”

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Concordia linebacker Ty Moser drills during Cobbers football practice at Jake Christiansen Stadium on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
David Samson/The Forum

The Cobbers also return senior inside linebacker Noah Jenson, who led the team with 77 total tackles a season ago. Jenson, from Broomfield, Colo., also earned honorable mention All-MIAC honors last season.

“Our inside linebackers have kind of been our glue,” Horan said. “They are like your captains of your D. If you look at our teams over the years, we’ve had some pretty good players there.”

Moser could play another season beyond this fall due to an NCAA eligibility waiver, but hasn’t decided on if he would return for another season. He’s focused on the present team.

“You’ve got to be mindful that you don’t want to look too far ahead,” Moser said. “You want to focus on the season that you’re in. Regardless if you are coming back or not, you want to treat it like your last dance. You don’t want to leave anything on the table waiting for another year.”

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The Cobbers allowed 27.7 points per game last fall, finishing with a 4-6 overall record and a 3-5 MIAC record. Moser thinks the defense is primed to show marked improvement this season.

“I think we have a really dangerous combination of older guys who’ve been there and we have a lot of younger guys, too, who have a lot of skill,” Moser said. "I think the combination of those things really gives us an edge. I think we are poised to make leaps and bounds this year.”

Moser is happy to have found a comfort level on his return to the football field. In his season away from football he missed the nostalgia of “Friday Night Lights” and now the feel of Saturday afternoons on the college gridiron.

“There is still a place in my heart for wrestling,” Moser said. “It’s hard for me to miss it a whole lot when I’m so comfortable and happy with the football team. … I have found my spot here.”

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Concordia linebacker Ty Moser drills during Cobbers football practice at Jake Christiansen Stadium on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
David Samson/The Forum

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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