He was nicknamed the 'train' last year and it was well deserved as Mission Viejo (Calif.) running back Chane Moline earned state junior of the year honors after rushing for 1,900 yards and 40 touchdowns. Due to blowouts, the 'train' hasn't been unleashed too often but with the playoffs coming up, Moline could see more action soon.
The Diablos closest game this year has been a 10 point win over former national power Concord (Calif.) De la Salle. The game was also one of only two times that Moline carried the ball more than 14 times this year rushing for 176 yards and two touchdowns. On the year, the talented fullback has rushed 102 times for 685 yards and 13 touchdowns to go with eight catches for 90 yards and three more scores.
"It would be fun to play more but I'm just happy we're winning," Moline said. "I think it will be different in the playoffs when we start playing some tougher teams. I've only played in the second half this year a couple of times but I'm still enjoying myself because we're playing so well."
Moline is bulldozing fullback who runs with power and is faster than people give him credit for. He's also a better blocker than people think and has great hands coming out of the backfield. The 'back picked up early offers from UCLA, USC, Arizona and Mississippi but surprised no one when he committed to the Bruins back in the summer and then solidified it in October.
"I've always liked UCLA, even before my brothers decided to go there," Moline said. "I grew up a Bruin fan and then when Chase signed there last year, it became a pretty easy decision for me. I really like Coach Bieniemy a lot and I like the offense and how they plan to use me. I'll play some fullback and will also play some tailback when they go to a one-back offense, the same way they used Manual White."
Now that he's committed, Moline has gone from recruit, to recruiter and has his eyes on a pair of players he's close with including his tight end teammate, Konrad Reuland.
"I talk to Konrad all the time but I think it's going to be tough to get him away from Notre Dame," Moline said. "He's going back there this weekend and I think we all feel Notre Dame is where he'll end up. I also talk to Terrence Austin a lot and I think he's coming to UCLA. He'll take his trips but I think we got him and he's a great player and it will be fun to play with him after playing against him a few times."