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The state of Georgia and UGA communities lost one of their best over the weekend, as former star athlete Quentin Moses perished in a house fire that also claimed the lives of the daughter and widow of a childhood friend.

An Athens native and star at local Cedar Shoals High School, Moses went on to play a season or two off the bench in basketball as well as excel on the football field at Georgia between 2002 and 2006. He finished his career ranked 7th all-time at UGA in sacks, despite having to share time with noted pass rushers David Pollack, Will Thompson, and Charles Johnson at defensive end over his four seasons. Moses is second, only to Pollack, in tackles for loss at UGA (*they only go back to 2000), and had a monster campaign in the Dawgs’ last SEC Championship of 2005 registering 11.5 sacks and over 20 tackles for loss off the edge that season.

Since graduating, Moses was drafted by the Oakland Raiders before spending four seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Once his playing career ended, he began coaching at a new program in the northwest Atlanta area at Reinhardt University.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends after this tragic loss.