UDFA Rookie Profile: FB Chane Moline

A look at the Raiders' undrafted rookie free agent Chane Moline.

Name: Chane Moline

Position: Fullback

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 250 pounds

College: UCLA

Moline came into UCLA as a fullback, but interestingly, in his four-year career, he played most of his games from the tailback spot. Due to the inadequacies of the team's running game, the coaching staff(s) at UCLA often called on the steady and reliable Moline to take on some of the rushing load. For his bruising, between-the-tackles running style, he was given the nickname "Chane the Train." Moline has seen significant action since his freshman year, when he appeared in all of the team's 13 games. Over the course of the next three seasons, Moline appeared in 36 games, 15 of which were starts. During his senior season, Moline switched from fullback to tailback once more, and even became the team's feature back by the end of the season. He led the team in total touchdowns with six, despite being third on the team in rushing yards with only 207 yards. For his efforts in 2009, Moline received UCLA's Henry R. Red Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player for the offense.

Moline is a fullback in the mold of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott. Although Moline is a capable blocker, he is best utilized in short yardage situations. During his senior season at UCLA, Moline was used as an every-down back, but that was more out of necessity than ability. As a bigger back, Moline is most comfortable running between the tackles. For a guy his size, he is light on his feet, but he still runs with great balance and power. As a blocker, Moline does an adequate job, although, given the constant back-and-forth he experienced in the backfield, he still has some work to do in that department.

Moline and Manase Tonga give the Raiders two solid and young options at fullback. It remains to be seen how things shake up, with Marcel Reece and the suspended Luke Lawton (who is eligible to come back after Week 2). However, it's not out of the question to see both Moline and Tonga on the opening day roster. Tonga might have the better chance as he's been almost exclusively used as a fullback at BYU. However, given the lack of solid depth behind Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, Moline also provides some versatility. On that note, Moline's biggest competition might be from Marcel Reese, and to an extent, Rock Cartwright.

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