This was the only year he competed on the school's track team, but he would later join the Marshall track team and lower his 200 m time to 21.15 seconds. Moss's dream was to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but he also considered going to Ohio State, where his half-brother, Eric, had played offensive tackle.Former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz said "Randy Moss was the best high school football player I've ever seen." Moss was initially charged with a felony for kicking the student, but it was later reduced to a misdemeanor.

Ultimately, Moss transferred to Marshall University, about an hour's drive from his home.

Because Marshall was then a Division I-AA school, NCAA rules allowed him to transfer there without losing any further eligibility.

Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a former American football wide receiver who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

He holds the NFL single-season touchdown reception record (23 in 2007), the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17 in 1998), and is second on the NFL all-time regular season touchdown reception list with 156.

Marshall went undefeated and won the Division I-AA title in its last season before moving to Division I-A.

At the Southern Conference indoor track championships, he ran the 200 metres in 21.15 seconds, missing the conference record by only .02 seconds.

The first game of the season was at West Virginia University where Marshall lost.

The second game of the season saw Moss pick up right where he left off in 1996.

In the 1997 season, Marshall's first in Division I-A, Moss and Quarterback Chad Pennington were the centerpiece of an explosive offense that led the Thundering Herd to the Mid-American Conference title.

Moss caught 26 touchdown passes that season, at the time a Division I-A record, and was a first-team All-American.

However, his second stint in Minnesota was short-lived, as he was waived by the team less than a month later, and claimed by the Tennessee Titans.