August 31, 2009

Moore impressive in DE debut

Rowlett defensive end Damontre Moore spent the 2008 season in a backup role after moving over from linebacker. Normally, registering four sacks as a junior wouldn't necessarily command the attention of college coaches. However, Moore's combination of size (6-foot-6 and 227 pounds), wingspan and athleticism (4.74 speed and a vertical leap of 31 inches) intrigued head coach Mike Sherman and the staff at Texas A&M. They were the first school to offer him when he took an unofficial visit to A&M in the spring, and he accepted almost on the spot.

The A&M staff had to feel better about its offer when Moore spent the spring and summer of 2009 tearing up combine after combine across the Southwest. He used his speed to win one-on-one battles in numerous pass rush drills and garner three defensive lineman MVP awards. Nonetheless, Moore himself recognized that there was a substantial difference between playing without pads in camps and with pads on the field and was anxious to prove himself.

Thus, Moore made his debut Friday night, and it was one of the most eagerly awaited among A&M's commitments in the class of 2010. Moore's teammates, however, didn't fare too well as the Eagles came out on the short end of a 28-16 loss to North Mesquite. However, Moore himself fared better as he had seven tackles, one quarterback pressure and deflected one pass.

Moore committed to A&M in April over a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State.

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