Some guys get one chance.
Second-year Northern Illinois University wide receivers coach Marquis Mosely was recruited by Joe Novak twice.
Some guys make the most of that chance ala Mosely, who tutors the Huskie receiving corps. His top pupil last fall was Dan Sheldon, who led the major-college ranks in yards-per-reception average (23.4).
Mosely's skills originally caught Novak's eye during his days as an assistant at Indiana University. Novak recruited the three-sport star from Bloomington (IL) High School where he was an All-Big 12 Conference, All-Area, consensus All-State, and a Parade magazine All-America receiver as a prep senior (1993). Mosely eventually signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Illinois, but finished his career at Illinois State University.
But in March of 2004, Novak finally got his recruit. The 30-year-old Mosely joined the Huskie braintrust after two years as wide receiver assistant and head junior-varsity coach with Northern Illinois offensive coordinator John Bond and head man Todd Berry at Army (2002-03). At West Point, Mosely worked with two top-notch Black Knight WRs--Aris Comeaux ,who was a finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year Award, and William White, who finished No. 17 in NCAA Division 1-A all-purpose yardage (149.6 ypg. average) in 2002.
During the summer of 2003, Mosely participated in the NFL Minority Fellowship Program with the Tennessee Titans staff that included offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, a DeKalb native and son of NIU Hall of Fame QB Bob Heimerdinger. Prior to West Point, he was in private business and completed a two-year stint as an airline pilot.
Mosely lettered three autumns at WR for head coach Lou Tepper at Illinois (1993, 1994, and 1996). As a sophomore in 1994, he played on the 7-5 Illini squad that faced East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl and beat the Huskies, 34-10. In 1996, Mosely was an 11-game starter at WR.
In 1997, Mosely transferred to Illinois State and played for both Bond and Berry. As a senior, he made First-Team All-Gateway Athletic Conference and led the Redbirds in receiving (60 catches for 868 yards and four TDs) and kickoff returns (20 for 535 yards and a 26.8-yard average), plus set three major ISU records (single-game receptions with 12 vs. the University of Northern Iowa, single-game all-purpose yardage with 316 vs. UNI, and longest kickoff return with a 100-yarder against the University at Buffalo).
As an upperclassman at BHS, Mosely caught 95 passes for 2,043 yards--a 21.5-yard average per catch--and 27 TDs (1992-93). During his final campaign, he made 56 receptions for 1,271 yards and 15 TDs. As a junior, his team finished 13-2 and reached the Class 5A state playoff semifinals. In track, Mosely was a member on the mile relay unit that placed fifth (1991) and sixth (1992) at the IHSA state meet. Mosely received a bachelor of science degree in aviation administration and communications from Illinois in 1998. He is single.