MIAMI, FL (WMBF) - After falling short with the Crimson Tide as a freshman, former Conway Tiger Jaylen Moody can call himself a national champion. The junior linebacker recorded one tackle in Alabama’s 52-24 win over Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Monday night.
Moody’s high school head coach, Conway’s Carlton Terry spoke with WMBF Sports on the impact of Moody’s achievement on the Tiger program.
“It’s always good to see our players succeed after they leave Conway High, especially on this level and this plateau of winning a national championship,” said Terry. “You always have goals to play the best and play at the highest level and he’s doing that right now. Coaches preach to the kids all the time, hard work wins. If you work hard good things will happen and it’s good for them to actually see it. It’s one thing to watch a game and see others have success, but when it’s someone that’s been in the building that comes around and you have conversations with; when you see that happen to those guys it’s more tangible.”
Throughout Moody’s career in Tuscaloosa, he’s established a role as a special teams ace seeing action in all but one game since his arrival in 2018. This season, Moody totaled 18 tackles with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
His best game of the season came in the regular season finale at Arkansas. Against the Razorbacks, Moody filled in for Christian Harris and tied for the team-high total with seven tackles including half a tackle for loss. He forced one fumble in the 52-3 win and recovered another. Moody was named the team’s defensive player of the week for his performance.