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.
- No. 5 Aaron Murray
- No. 6 Eddie Lacy
- No. 7 Todd Gurley
- No. 8 Dee Milliner
- No. 9 Luke Joeckel
- No. 10 Kevin Minter
- No. 11 AJ McCarron
- No. 12 Barrett Jones
- No. 13 Matt Elam
- No. 14 Cobi Hamilton
- No. 15 Chance Warmack
- No. 16 Jake Matthews
- No. 17 Jordan Matthews
- No. 18 CJ Mosley
- No. 19 Mike Gillislee
- No. 20 Cordarrelle Patterson
- No. 21 Chris Smith
- No. 22 Tyler Bray
- No. 23 Tyler Wilson
- No. 24 Johnthan Banks
- No. 25 Sam Montgomery
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