January 21, 2010

No more concerns for Moore

In the spring of 2009, the Texas A&M staff installed a new defensive scheme. They used a multiple seven-man front and created a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position called the jack for Von Miller, one of the best pass rushers in the state of Texas in the class of 2007. Miller had been out of place the year before as a traditional outside linebacker and the A&M staff wanted to get him on the field in some capacity and try to get him to do what he did best - rush the passer.

The move paid off as Miller registered a nation-leading 17 sacks last season and gave serious consideration to turning pro before announcing that he would stay for his senior season. However, it also created a sales pitch for A&M head coach Mike Sherman - come play the jack, get sacks and become an NFL prospect.

The pitch paid off for Rowlett defensive end Damontre Moore who committed to A&M last spring after being recruited for the jack. It helped that Moore was able to follow the Aggies through the fall and watch Miller succeed either on television or when he visited A&M.

Nonetheless, things have changed somewhat since Moore's commitment. A&M will have a new defensive coordinator in Air Force's Tim DeRuyter (who is expected to officially come on board in the next few days) who has a run a 3-4 defense. Therefore, Moore has had some qualms since former defensive coordinator Joe Kines retired after the end of the 2009 season and he didn't know what his role would be in a new defense. A meeting with Sherman on Monday morning went a long way toward calming those fears.

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