SDS’ top 25 players of 2012: No. 4 Damontre Moore

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SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2012, and we’re not stopping until we get to that sexy No. 1. We don’t just rank stats or project players at the next level based on athletic superiority, but we rank players based on the season they had in 2012. I know you’ll agree with every single one…

No. 4 – Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

2012 stats: 85 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, two pass breakups, two passes defended, nine QB hurries, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks

Why he’s worthy: One of the most underrated recruits to ever don a Texas A&M jersey will go on to become a top-five pick in April’s NFL Draft, and us SEC folk only got to watch him do work for one season. Damontre Moore entered Texas A&M as a three-star nobody and exited as one of the top defensive ends in the country.

Damontre Moore battling with Javis Jones, Jadeveon Clowney and Kevin Minter for the Bednarik Award was much more entertaining than watching his own teammate Johnny Manziel run away with the Heisman.

Moore did everything Texas A&M ever asked him to do. He played a hybrid defensive end/linebacker role in Mike Sherman’s 3-4 defense in ‘10 and ‘11. Then, when Kevin Sumlin took over and brought in a 4-3 scheme, Moore gladly put his hand down and dominated again.

In a conference that is reluctant to give any outsiders or newcomers credit, Moore earned credit every single Saturday and left offensive coordinators trying to figure out ways to minimize his disruption.

How often is a guy with 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss considered the third best defensive player in the conference? Exactly. Welcome to the SEC.

Moore was the heart and soul of an underrated defense in College Station that progressively improved throughout the season. Moore was more than a big reason why.

Did you happen to catch the Mississippi State game when Moore ran down the MSU wide receiver from behind? He was just rubbing it in at that point, as the Aggies were thumping the Bulldogs.

Moore leaves behind a great team and roster in Aggie Land, but there is no doubt he’s ready to take his game against the greats in the NFL.

I’m just jealous we only witnessed one season of the great Damontre.

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  • Suppose with Jarvis Jones, Clowney and the greatest quarterback that’s ever played football (manziel) still out there I can assume that Alec Ogeltree did not make this list somehow. Not sure how that happens…my only gripe but huge snub in my opinion

    • You could make an argument for about 10 other guys in the top 25, and Alec Ogletree is one of them. I like to recognize guys for not only play on the field, but also keeping their nose clean and are not suspended for four games. You could argue a snub for Ogletree, but I would call it more rewarding others. That’s my argument and I’m sticking to it, JP. As always, love interacting with your comments.

      • Sharrif Floyd is one of them, too.

      • In my opinion the biggest snub has to be Marcus Lattimore. I know he got hurt and his numbers weren’t great because of it but the kid has so much heart.

        • I love Lattimore, and I am always quick to point out how incredible of an ambassador he is for college football as a whole. But I also know other guys work just as hard as Lattimore and deserve it, too. I hope nothing but the best for Lattimore and his future.

    • Yeah I take into consideration that picking just 25 great players out of this league is tough…and I honestly haven’t seen enough of some of the guys listed to say they aren’t worthy…but I have seen every Dawg game…and Alec Ogeltree was the best all around defensive player I saw play in 2012. I mean JJ is the man and Clowney is a freak and are awesome passrushers but it seemed like Tree was in on every tackle and covered the entire field. He has speed, power, hands, and a nose for the ball combined with a nastiness that turned him into a laser guided missile. I will always remember Ogeltree playing out of his mind vs bama and single handedly stuffing Eddie Lacy on the goal line which is a feat only a handful of players in the nation could accomplish….and thats my homeristic closing statement…the prosecution rests! Haha overall a good list though and props for not ranking McCarron over Murray.

  • Big ups to Moore and TAMU. This guy is a boss.

  • I know it’s Ole Miss, and that this opinion is biased. BUT I feel like Dante Moncrief should have been on here. My lone argument is what he did to Jonathan Banks (who is number 24 on your list) in the Egg Bowl. Not only did he score on him 3 times, but he made him look like a scrub the entire game. Also IMO, he is better than Jordan Matthews and I think both of them are better than Cobi Hamilton. #FeedMoncrief.

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