Youth leaguer earns ‘You Got Mossed’ status

September 26, 2018

BARBOURSVILLE — Tucker Adkins was impressed with a leaping catch he made for Cabell Midland last week in a youth league football game.

So was Randy Moss.

Moss so liked the video of Adkins jumping to haul in a 30-yard pass from Mason Salmons that the former Marshall University wide receiver and 2018 Pro Football NFL Hall of Fame inductee named the grab as the No. 1 play on last week’s ESPN segment of “You Got Mossed,” a feature that highlights great catches similar to those Moss made leaping above defenders during his career.

“I guess it was my time to shine,” Adkins, 9, said of the reception that made him famous.

Adkins was behind a defensive back when Salmons hurled the ball deep. Up went Adkins, who came down with the ball inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

“I just jumped and caught it,” Adkins said. “Then I tripped. I thought like, “wow!” It was pretty crazy.”

The grab made Adkins, who attends Davis Creek Elementary, a celebrity of sorts. Even little sister Paislee, 6, was impressed.

“It was cool,” Paislee said, smiling as she sat on a bench next to her brother before football practice at Barboursville Park.

Moss, too, apparently thought it was cool.

“Take me home country roads,” Moss said as the video of Adkins’ catch played on ESPN. “From the great state of West Virginia. From one country boy to another.”

Adkins’ eyes widened and he smiled broadly as he watched himself on TV.

“It was really surprising,” Adkins said. “I knew something was coming, but I never thought I’d be on “You Got Mossed.”

Adkins’ mom, Sarah, tweeted the video of her son’s reception. A day later, a producer from ESPN called and asked if they could air it on Sunday Night NFL Countdown. Sarah and her husband Jeremy Adkins, Tucker’s dad, contacted the producer to thank him and received a surprise.

“I told him he made our day,” Jeremy Adkins said. “He said, no, we made his day and that they had something special planned. he told us to tune in about 7:30 p.m. We did and saw that Randy had made Tucker’s catch not just one of the top five atches, butthe No. 1catchon “You Got Mossed.”

Salmons, son of Cabell Midland High School coach Luke Salmons, said he was stunned to see the play on ESPN.

“At first, I was surprised it was on TV,” said Salmons, 10 and a student at Ona Elementary. “I never would have believed it would be on TV like that. It was a good catch and a good pass.”

Tucker Adkins said he is thankful for the exposure from Moss, whom he called his favorite player, along with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.

“I want to thank Randy Moss for supporting me,” Tucker Adkins said.

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