TCU coach Gary Patterson said he is a better person because of safety Caylin Moore, who was named a Rhodes Scholar on Saturday in an announcement hours after the Horned Frogs’ loss to Oklahoma State.
“All of us can listen to Caylin Moore and learn something,” Patterson said Monday during the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters. “What he’s been able to accomplish with the least amount of help that he’s gotten and moved forward is truly incredible. A lot of people in his lifetime are going to be touched by what he does. I’m a better person right now because he was part of our team and part of this TCU community.”
Moore, a senior safety from Carson, Calif., was one of 32 Americans to earn the prestigious academic award this year for study at the University of Oxford in England. The Rhodes Trust, which administers the award, said in its announcement that it received approximately 2,500 applications.
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Moore, who transferred to TCU from Marist in 2015, spent part of his childhood homeless, and his mother was a victim of domestic abuse, according to TCU. In November, after receiving an award for being named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Moore told reporters that to help pay for college at Marist, he did janitorial work as part of a work-study program.
He doesn’t worry about what he doesn’t have. In this day and age, we all seem to worry about what we don’t have. Caylin, he just seems to keep looking up.
TCU coach Gary Patterson, on safety Caylin Moore
He has already studied overseas. He earned the Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Bristol in 2014. In 2015, he studied at Princeton through a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy.
“He doesn’t worry about what he doesn’t have,” Patterson said. “In this day and age, we all seem to worry about what we don’t have. Caylin, he just seems to keep looking up. ‘I’m short here, but I’m going to make up for it here, and then I’m going to keep getting better.’ And not only is he helping himself, he’s got it set up to where a couple days a week, he’s helping other kids, younger grade-school kids doing what they do. I see him as an example not only for our players, but for anybody else.”
In January, Moore founded an outreach program called SPARK, in which he and other TCU players visit youth football teams and talk to the players about the benefits of education and college.
At TCU, Moore has yet to appear in a game but got credit from Patterson for working his way on to a major college roster. He was a quarterback at Marist but hampered by a back injury in 2014.
“He wanted to be a Division I college football player,” Patterson said. “It’s one of the reasons why he is here, and to get an opportunity to be around this kind of setting and to try to prove that he could get on the field just says even more about where he’s at and not complain at all that he hasn’t. Every day, we should wake up and all of us should be a little bit more like him.”