Big Reds’ running back Tyler Moler headed to UC

Holds PHS record for rushing yards in a game

Parkersburg’s Tyler Moler (28) makes a cut to avoid Marietta’s Reece Gerber during a 2018 regular-season game. Moler officially committed to the University of Charleston Friday as a running back. Photo by Jordan Holland

PARKERSBURG — From his first game to his last, Parkersburg Big Red running back Tyler Moler brought it every single play.

Now, the talented tailback will be taking his skills to the next level as he recently agreed to play for the University of Charleston and head coach Pat Kirkland.

Despite never being healthy during his senior campaign, Moler still managed to rush for 1,412 yards and 14 touchdowns en route to earning Class AAA second-team all-state honors.

“Everything is good. I’m all healed up from last season and I’m ready to start a new chapter,” said Moler, who has a 3.5 cumulative GPA and might major in education.

Although he’s undecided about track this spring, the Big Red finished his career sixth on the all-time PHS career rushing list with 2,738 yards. He also found the end zone 31 times.

“I was recruited by Paul Johnson,” said Moler, who on his first career carry for the red and white housed it from 97 yards out against St. Albans during his junior year at Stadium Field to tie Adam Lindamood’s school record.

“I took an official visit to Fairmont State and I liked it, but it didn’t compare to UC to me. I liked the coaches, especially the campus and how close it was to home. Everything seemed right to me and that’s why I chose what I chose.”

Moler, who actually broke his tibia in the Parkersburg South game this year to end the regular season, still played against Wheeling Park in the opening round, but later left the game and was not available for the quarterfinal contest versus Martinsburg.

“I went to a camp this summer to get some exposure and the coaches really liked me,” added Moler. “I liked them and that’s how it started.”

Dealing with a sports hernia his senior year, Moler said he never was more than 85 percent in any game. Despite that, he still managed to set a PHS single-game school record when he rushed for 308 yards versus George Washington.

“I’m going to remember that 308 yard game. I’m always going to remember every Wheeling Park game we played and also the South games,” Moler added. “Personally, I’m going to remember the 97-yard TD run my very first carry as a varsity football player.

“I want to prove to myself why they recruited me. I want to show them how powerful I can be and how fast I can be and how elusive I can be on the field. I just want to compete.”

Moler said he was unsure how things would play out his freshman year at UC. Although he’s hoping to make an impact right away, he knows he could be redshirted.

“I don’t know anyone going down there. It’s going to be a complete new experience,” Moler added. “I’m really excited, but at the same time I’m kind of nervous.”

The Big Red described his running style as “a mix of everything. I can turn on the jets in the open field and I’ll hit you. I will really hit you, but I can be elusive and make a good cut.

“I got to stay on track and I have to keep my grades up. I also want to be able to hit a diet where I can put on some weight and keep very consistent in the weight room.”

While making the move to Division II football won’t be easy, Moler is ready for the next chapter in his life.

“It’s going to take some getting used to. I think I can adjust well to it,” Moler continued. “I’m kind of nervous, but I’ll do just fine. I want to start and I want to be able to make the MEC (Mountain East Conference) all-conference team and I’d like to set records just like at PHS.

“I still have a long way to go. I do have to hit the weight room a lot harder, but I think I can get there.”

No matter what happens at the next level, suffice it to say Moler enjoyed his time as a Big Red.

“It’s been the best thing,” he said. “I’m sure there is nothing that will be better than being a Big Red football player, to be honest, and the bonds, just not at PHS, but my middle school days. I’m sad for it to end, but I’m excited about things to come.”