On Cruz: Senior receiver who has played in 21 games and started 18 … leading receiver as a redshirt freshman, and second-leading pass-catcher as a sophomore … did not play for the Terps as a junior, electing to sit out to attend to personal concerns … has posted 44 career receptions, with at least one reception in 17 career games … a player blessed with quick feet and sure hands ... considered the best route-runner on the team ... a reliable pass-catcher who did not have a drop during his freshman campaign … returned to action during 2000 spring practice, and caught two balls for 42 yards in the Red-White spring game.
1999: Sat out his junior season for personal reasons.
1998: An every-game starter but for a double tight end formation to begin the Virginia game … second-leading receiver with 15 catches, 183 yards and a 12.2 average … caught at least one pass in nine games … five catches for 62 yards in season opener vs. James Madison … TD reception vs. Florida State cut Seminole lead to 13-7 … second TD reception helped Terps to a 14-14 tie with Duke after one quarter.
1997: Appeared in 10 of 11 games and made eight starts as a redshirt freshman ... led the team in receptions (29) and receiving yards (337) as a rookie ... his one TD catch came in the opener (vs. Ohio), when he registered season highs for receptions (6) and receiving yards (91) ... had five catches (for 53 yards) vs. Clemson and four catches each vs. North Carolina, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech ... did not have a drop all season.
1996: Redshirt season.
High School: Graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 1996 ... named All-ACC Area by Tom Lemming, National Recruiting Advisor and BlueChip ... was an all-county selection as a wide receiver ... played both sides of the ball in high school ... also played basketball, baseball and ran track ... high school coach was Terry Changuris.
Personal: Moises Arturo Cruz … born March 2, 1978 ... son of Maryland Ibarra and Angel Cruz ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice ... earned scholar-athlete honors in 1997.
Receiving G-GS Rec Yds Avg TD LP 1997 10-8 29 337 11.6 1 35 1998 11-10 15 183 12.2 2 28 1999 DNP Totals 21-18 44 520 11.8 3 35
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