Moore, Driesell Honored at DC Touchdown Club Awards Dinner

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BETHESDA, Md. -- Maryland standout wide receiver DJ Moore and Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell were honored at the Sixth Annual DC Touchdown Club 3M Awards Dinner on Thursday night.

The event, held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, recognized the top high school players and coaches in the DMV area, as well as Moore as the Washington Metro College Player of the Year. Driesell was honored with the Circle of Legends Award. Legendary broadcaster Mike Patrick was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Washington Redskins great and current Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams capped the night when he was given the Founder's Award.

Moore, who was also recognized by the Touchdown Club of Annapolis as Maryland's Most Outstanding Player in 2017, was named First Team All-Big Ten and the Richter-Howard Big Ten Receiver of the Year as a junior in 2017. He led the league with a single-season Maryland record 80 receptions and 1,033 receiving yards in 2017. The Philadelphia native was one of just three receivers in the country to post 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this past season.

Moore, who many experts project will be a first round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft later this month, was introduced by Maryland Head Coach DJ Durkin.

"With the NFL Draft nearing, I've been talking to a lot of people about DJ," said Durkin. "The one thing that's become clear is that the more questions you ask about DJ, the more you're going to like him. You talk about the statistics, him setting a school record for receptions, being the Big Ten Receiver of the Year, all of that doesn't even begin to tell the story. He's probably the hardest worker on our team. When you take arguably your best player and most talented player and he's your hardest worker, you have something special and it permeates throughout the team. And that's DJ to a tee."

After accepting his trophy, Moore addressed the crowd.

"I want to thank the University of Maryland," said Moore. "I appreciate everyone that's here tonight. For the past two years, they've been great to me, especially my coaches. Coach Beatty, my position coach, and everyone on staff has been great. Last but not least, I want to thank my mom. Without her, football at four-years old probably wouldn't have been something I pursued."

Driesell, fresh off a trip to the Final Four as it was announced that he'll be named a member of the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, was unable to attend the event, but he did address the crowd, share stories and answer questions via Skype from his home in Virginia Beach. 

His son, Chuck Driesell, was in attendance and accepted the award. Chuck is the varsity basketball head coach at the Maret School in Washington, D.C.

"I'm very excited to be here with everyone tonight," said Chuck Driesell. "It's great to be home and to be here to talk about my father. I can't even begin to explain how excited he was and our family was to get the news about the Hall of Fame. He's touched so many lives and has passed on so many great lessons to our family, his players and his coaches."