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November 7, 2012

Moore than a handful

TUSCALOOSA | Among the routine tasks for the video crew of the Texas A&M football program is to cut up a reel after each game that coach Kevin Sumlin refers to as the effort tape. It is a compilation of the best examples of hustle among the Aggies for each game, and players watch it on Mondays.

According to Sumlin defensive end Damontre Moore vowed to be on it every week before the season began.

And has.

Moore enters Saturday's game at the University of Alabama as one of the Southeastern Conference's elite defensive ends. For Alabama offensive tackles D.J. Fluker and Cyrus Kouandjio, blocking him won't be any easier -- if not harder -- than the challenge LSU's Sam Montgomery presented last week.

"Great player. He's got a high motor. Everybody's real high on him and everything like that," Fluker said. "At the end of the day, it's going to be competition. We all wear the same pants, suit them up the same way. So, you know, it's going to be a great experience for me."

Moore has made 11.5 sacks, which is second in the nation and leads the league. He's made 19 tackles for loss, which leads the SEC, and 69 total tackles, which leads the team for the 15th-ranked Aggies. At 6-feet-4 and 250 pounds, Moore is more the smaller, speedier type of defensive end that tends to be especially effective as a pass rusher.

"I've heard he's a high energy, high motor player. I can't wait to play against him," said Kouandjio.

This week's Aggies effort tape entry for Moore would have made anyone's highlight reel. On a 42-yard completion from Tyler Russell to receiver Chris Smith, Moore outraced his own secondary to make a tackle from behind on a straight sprint toward the TAMU end zone.

"That kind of speaks for itself. A guy plays defensive end and can run that way, it obviously presents some challenges. He's a very athletic guy," said UA coach Nick Saban. "He's a very good player. That was certainly a great play."

Added Sumlin: "When I saw it, it was another 'wow' play. ... Here, we talk about effort being the price of admission to play on Saturday."

Reach Chase Goodbread at chase@tidesports.com or at 205-722-0196.

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