The nagging hamstring injury that kept Brandon Moseby-Felder out of most of spring ball and most of preseason camp was frustrating to the junior wide receiver.
Brandon Moseby-Felder was limited by a hamstring injury during the spring and summer.
It would have been more frustrating if he hadn't gone through nearly the same thing four years earlier.
Moseby-Felder missed his senior season at Oxon Hill (Md.) High School after tearing the ACL in his knee. He spent much of his freshman season at Penn State in the trainer's room, constantly working to rehab the knee.
So when Moseby-Felder spent most of this offseason in the training room again, it was a little easier.
"It helped me realize things in the smaller picture," he said. "Nobody wants to go through an injury but when they happen you have to be strong enough and say, 'OK, I can go through this.'"
Since the departure of Shawney Kersey in the second week of the season, Moseby-Felder has become one of Penn State's most productive pass-catchers. He is third on the team with 25 catches, leads the squad with a 14.5 yards-per-catch average and set career highs with six catches for 129 yards and his first career touchdown in last week's 34-9 win at Purdue.
The 30 pounds of weight Moseby-Felder has added to his 6-foot-2 frame since his freshman season have helped him become a more well-rounded receiver, but so did the mental work he put in this summer as the Nittany Lions learned Bill O'Brien's offense.
"Physically, wasn't able to do anything, but I did a lot of mental reps," he said. "When I was ready to put the pads on, I was able to go out and do everything everyone else was doing."
"I always knew that he had it in him," Morris said. "He works his butt off. He had a couple injuries early in his career. I think it's the first year when he finally feels confident and back to his old form. He's a great talent and a great person to be around. I'm just happy for him."
The staff is pleased with what Moseby-Felder has brought to the lineup.
"He's improved in his route running," O'Brien said. "He's done everything we asked him to do in the running game, blocks, blocks the down safety, blocks corners, blocks for the screens. He's a team guy, one of the more improved guys on our football from a route-running standpoint, from a health standpoint, durability standpoint, he's catching the ball better, and hopefully he can continue to improve over the next three weeks."
Moseby-Felder is happy to see his patience pay off and to show his coaches that he was worth the wait.
"They put a lot of trust in me," Moseby-Felder said. "I felt like I was doing my job and I want to continue my job heading into Nebraska."