Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/12/11
MINNEAPOLIS University of Minnesota wide receiver Malcolm Moulton speaks quietly when answering questions. Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said you might not know if Moulton is around "if you weren't looking for him." So perhaps it's only fitting that the sophomore Moulton has quietly asserted himself as one of the Gophers' top wide receivers during the 2011 season. Through Minnesota's first six games, Moulton is second on the team in both receptions (13) and receiving yards (170) behind senior Da'Jon McKnight. Moulton has also helped out on kickoff returns, taking four kicks for 91 total yards, including a long run of 36 yards. The receiver position was thin for the Gophers entering the season, and Moulton has done his part to help bolster the receiving core. "He's a guy that he's got a nice combination. He just finds a way to get open and also, too, when he has the ball in his hand, he makes good things happen," Limegrover said. "And he's fearless. That's a pretty good combination there and something we'd like to have. He's been a great addition." Moulton came to the Gophers via Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. He played just one season in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference before transferring to Minnesota. Moulton caught 44 passes for 714 yards and five touchdowns for the Greyhounds last season. So far, the transition to Division I has gone relatively smoothly for Moulton. "Football's football everywhere you go, 100 hundred yards everywhere you go," Moulton said. "It's definitely been a learning experience, but just like it is every year, struggling, trying to get better, coming out hustling every day." Moulton is one of several junior college transfers on the Gophers' roster. Limegrover said head coach Jerry Kill and his staff don't necessarily want to load up on junior college transfers since they'll be around for a shorter time than high school recruits. But in Moulton's case, he'll have three full seasons with Minnesota since he played at Fort Scott for just one year. "That's ideal, because they have those experiences of being in the junior college but then they also have a long enough period of time with you that they can really get comfortable with things," Limegrover said. "Sometimes with junior college guys, you go through a year and it's kind of a lost year especially (players) that come right before the season in the summer, because they're trying to get it all figured out. Before they know it, the season's over and they have one left. "Any time you get a guy like Malcolm with three years left, you take those guys." Moulton said he was drawn to Minnesota because of the history Kill and his staff have together before they took over at Minnesota. At other stops he's been at as a head coach, Kill has been able to transform struggling programs into winning ones. So even during Minnesota's 1-5 start to what has turned out to be a rebuilding season, Moulton still sees light at the end of the tunnel for the Gophers. "Coach Kill gives you his word. Everybody around here knows he means what he says," Moulton said. "His word is his bond. We're just doing exactly what he says. We know if he tells us to step with our left we'll step with our left because in the end, we might just end up on our right." The Gophers are in the midst of a bye week, but when they hit the field next Saturday, they'll welcome Big Ten newcomer Nebraska to TCF Bank Stadium. On the other sideline will be several familiar faces for Moulton the Cornhuskers' roster boasts four players who also played at Fort Scott Community College. "Playing in that Kansas JuCo league, there are some really good players, guys who go on every year to play in the SEC and Big Ten and Big XII," Limegrover said. Among the Huskers who also played at Fort Scott are wide receiver Brandon Kinnie, cornerbacks Jermarcus Hardrick and Stanley Jean-Baptiste and linebacker Lavonte David. Three of the four are currently starters for Nebraska, and all four have helped contribute to the Cornhuskers' 5-1 record and No. 14 ranking. "It's going to be nice to see their faces again," Moulton said. Added Limegrover, when asked about Moulton facing those four next Saturday: "He'll be ready to go, no doubt about that."
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