“He's a young man that is a really, really good athlete for a big guy,” Copeland said. “Over the years with the popularity of certain Polynesian players, coaches know they're extremely powerful and extremely loyal and he fits that mold. He's not afraid of anything.
“The thing about it is with the athlete that he is, sometimes he has the ability to go a little bit less than half speed and still be as good as anybody around him. That's something that when he gets to the next level, he'll understand what that means.”
That laid-back attitude helps Moana work hard but also allows him to recharge for the next day of workouts or practice. When he's not playing, he likes to relax, especially by watching a movie. When he got home from a recent summer workout at Lawton Eisenhower, he popped in “Friday Night Lights.”
He played it as a marathon, watching it 14 times.
“Whenever I can I either go to work and go to sleep or go to work and come home, get ready and go to the movie,” Moana said of what he called his biggest hobby: the movies. “I just love it, especially the popcorn and all that, especially with lots of butter.”
His favorite ones are sports movies, with FNL, “Remember the Titans” and “Gridiron Gang” topping the list.
“Sports movies are the best because they have everything — drama, romance, everything rolled into one beautiful movie,” he said. “If this was a movie and they really played it out and I was the main character, I'd want it to be a ‘Come Up' season. Going from last year as a disappointing season into this season where we come up and show ourselves to a whole bunch of people who don't believe we can do that much.”