Moving the Chains with . . . WIU linebacker Quentin Moon

Moving the Chains with . . . WIU linebacker Quentin Moon
Quentin Moon talks strange hobbies, school field trips, Halloween candy and more in Prairie State Pigskin's Q&A feature. (photo courtesy of

Quentin Moon didn't redshirt in his time at Western Illinois. In fact, he played in all 13 WIU games as a true freshman.

Since that rookie season, Moon has grown into a 6-foot-2, 232-pound linebacker. A two-time honorable mention all-conference player and honor roll student, Moon has served as one of the Leatherneck team captains the past two seasons.

To date, Moon leads the team in tackles, solo tackles, forced fumbles and quarterback hurries.

But there's so much more to his story.

Get to know Quentin Moon in our Q&A feature.


Hometown:  Indianapolis

High School:  Pike

Quentin Moon

What would you consider your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?

My greatest strength is my knowledge of the game. Over the years I've developed not only what I'm doing, but defensively knowing what my teammates do. I'm good at breaking down offenses and understanding their scheme of things. My weakness used to be speaking up, but now being a leader of the defense, I've become more vocal. As a younger player, that was difficult for me from the beginning.

Do you prefer eating out or cooking?

It depends. If I'm home, I love the home-cooked meals my mom makes. But, me personally, I'm still learning how to cook. It's not been too much of a menu. I'm really good with breakfast and some type of meat. If I was going to have a steak, for example, I'd definitely rather go out.

What's one thing that you're really proud of about yourself?

I'm proud of balancing school and football. This is my last year and I didn't redshirt. I'm on the verge of graduating early. I've balanced my many credit hours and done very well academically.

What's the longest you've ever gone without any sleep?

I pulled an all-nighter to study for a test [during our bye week]. It was about 20 hours. I couldn't have afforded to have done that with a game in the same week.

What's the strangest hobby you've ever heard of someone having?

I'm not sure about that one, but my girlfriend just told me about someone who is in college and still collects stuffed animals. That was pretty funny.

What's your favorite football term or phrase?

"We eating" as we're dominating our opponent or making big plays. We're eating; we're unstoppable.

What field trip from your schooling stands out in your memory?

It was in fifth grade. We went to this place called Bradford Woods. We stayed there for three days. We stayed in cabins and got to fish with sticks that we had to put worms and other bait on. We did some archery and some ultimate frisbee. I really enjoyed that.

Halloween is coming up. What's your favorite Halloween candy and why?

I'm a big Reese's guy. I love chocolate and peanut butter. I love when it comes to Halloween and they make the Reese's cups into pumpkin shapes and ghost shapes. I always find that pretty fun.


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