Arizona linebacker Dontay Moch is one of the few. But there is a catch. Moch learned every nuance of Kaepernick during their four years together at the University of Nevada. And though Moch has been inactive for the past seven weeks, he’s been using his experience against Kaepernick to help the Cardinals prepare for him.
“I can definitely add on some things,” Moch said. “I know a couple of his little secrets, a couple little things that he do here and there. Definitely going to help the key for us.”
But what does Moch know that no one else does?
“I ain’t going to put it out there,” he said with a laugh.
From 2007 to 2010, Moch and fellow defensive lineman Kevin Basped contained the edge in Reno, not letting Kaepernick, still years away from his Super Bowl fame, break loose.
“He couldn’t get outside of us, but it’s different when you’re going against a person every day versus once a week,” Moch said. “Seeing it all the time versus playing him is two different things.”
Moch didn’t have a stat in Arizona’s first meeting against San Francisco this season, but he hopes that will change Sunday if he’s given a chance to play.
Even if he’s in street clothes watching Kaepernick from the sideline, it’s still hard for Moch to wrap his head around everything Kaepernick has accomplished.
“I definitely saw that he had great potential and he was going to be something,” Moch said. “I didn’t know he was going to be this good, leading Super Bowl teams and breaking records and stuff.
“It’s great to see an alum going after it, but also he’s in my conference, so I get to actually get a shot at him every once in a while.”