August 7, 2007

Moore in the mix at linebacker

While much of the buzz during the Kansas State media day last weekend surrounded grueling conditioning tests and some of the new faces expected to make big contributions in the fall, junior outside linebacker Ian Campbell, a guy who knows something about talent, wouldn't single out any newcomer on defense - not without mentioning one returner whom he believes deserves a little more attention.

You know what? I'm going to throw out a name that not a lot of people are talking about but I'm just going to throw it out: Antwon Moore is going to do a lot for this defense," Campbell said. "I know he was here last year and because he was injured as of late maybe his name was left off some lists, but give him some love."

Consider it done.

Moore, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound junior did gain some attention last season, as the product out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M finished with 26 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in 13 games, and evolved into a third-down specialist. Perhaps his best performance was a season-high eight-tackle effort in which he also forced a fumble. It was one of two forced fumbles caused by Moore, who also recovered a fumble and blocked a punt in 2006.

Count senior cornerback Justin McKinney among Moore's biggest supporters. Again, unprompted, McKinney, when asked about the newcomers, mentioned junior college linebacker Chris Patterson, but added, "I like Antwon Moore."

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