After a year-long hiatus from the sport of football, Perham’s Ty Moser is returning to the gridiron. The former Perham football and wrestling star will return as a member of the Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers as part of a record-breaking recruiting class for Cobber head coach Terry Horan.

“It’s awesome. I think I can speak for a lot of people that playing high school football is one of the greatest experiences that you have and to know that I’m going to experience it again is something that excites me,” Moser said. “It certainly makes me want fall to come around a lot quicker.”

Moser spent his freshman year as a member of the North Dakota State University Wrestling team. Moser said he was surprised at how much he missed playing football. He plans on continuing wrestling as well at Concordia-Moorhead.

“In high school, both wrestling and football were a huge part of my life at the time. Ultimately I chose wrestling to focus on that and once I got away from football, I realized just how big a part it was in my high school experience and how much it helped me enjoy my experience,” Moser said. “I think being separated from it for a while really opened my eyes to that.”

Perham's Ty Moser breaks a tackle and gets a couple of blocks as he moves up the field in a game against Detroit Lakes. (Robert Williams / Forum News Service)
Perham's Ty Moser breaks a tackle and gets a couple of blocks as he moves up the field in a game against Detroit Lakes. (Robert Williams / Forum News Service)

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Moser was a dynamic two-way player during his time with the Yellowjackets. He finished his career with 829 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. He ended with 109 receptions for 1,625 yards and 21 touchdown receptions. Defensively, Moser finished with 134 total tackles, 21 of them for a loss and recorded six sacks. Moser is expected to slot in as an inside linebacker for Horan’s Cobbers.

“He was one whale of a football player coming out of high school,” Horan said to the Fargo Forum. “We’re going to put him at inside linebacker and he’s a kid who could help us pretty soon in his career. He’s a man.”

Moser said a lot of things went into the decision to transfer to Concordia-Moorhead from NDSU. He said the biggest thing was the fit.

“It goes beyond just football or wrestling, it includes academics,” Moser said. “It includes the area and what the university is about. I think football certainly played a good role in the decision to transfer, but ultimately, at the end of the day, I thought Concordia was a better fit for me.”

Moser said it’s exciting to be a part of the proud Cobber tradition.

“I grew up in an area and a school that had a lot of Cobber alumni,” Moser said. “You look back and you see how proud they are to be Cobber graduates. They all sport their Cobber ring. Not just my parents, but all sorts of people in my life, share that pride for Concordia. It really makes me excited for what I’m going to experience there.”

Moser said the Cobbers have been known for recruiting area kids. This year’s class features 55 recruits, several of them from the area. Moser said it’s kind of an eye-opener that there are 50 plus kids in the same position as him coming into the season.

“There are a handful of area kids on the team that are there, doing well and enjoying it,” Moser said. “They also have a good history of being a well-respected program. Whether they are playoff contenders and having a good year or even when they are not having the best of years, they are a pretty well-respected program around the area for being hard-working and a good system set up.”

Moser said it was an inopportune time to make the switch due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. He said it has allowed him to get creative with workouts.

The Cobbers finished the 2019 season with a 5-5 record. They closed on a three-game winning streak with victories over Saint John’s, St. Olaf and Carleton. The Cobbers are scheduled to begin the season on Sept. 5 against Wisconsin-La Crosse.