Saturday, September 15, 2012
Another big day for Damontre Moore
By Sam Khan Jr.
DALLAS -- One of the points of focus that Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has honed in on for junior defensive end Damontre Moore has been consistency.
Moore, who was second among the Aggies last season with 8.5 sacks and led the team in tackles for loss (17), hasn't always been that. So after Moore's 10-tackle, three-sack performance against Florida in the Aggies' season-opening 20-17 loss, Sumlin wanted to see a similar effort in the following weeks.
On Saturday against SMU, Moore did that, recording six tackles and two more sacks, giving him five on the season. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound end so far appears to be heeding his coach's message.
"The key for me is just working on my complacency issues, working hard in practice every day and trying to become an 'every down' kind of guy," Moore said.
Sumlin said he's seeing improvement not only in consistency but maturity for the 20-year-old Moore.
"That's two weeks in a row," Sumlin said. "Damontre's challenge has been to be consistent. We talked about that during fall camp. We talked about that with him during spring and really challenged him to be that kind of player. He's been able to do it in spurts. He's come off the field a bunch [in the past]. The last two weeks what you've seen is a more mature Damontre Moore."
Moore said he understands the importance of being consistent.
"It's important to come back after you have a good game to prove that it wasn't a fluke and that it's a consistent thing," he said. "That was one of my big issues -- complacency and not showing up a lot and just going in and out. So that's one of the big things I've been working on: complacency and consistency."