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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ranking the Big 12's top 25 players: No. 25

By David Ubben

It's that time again. The season's over, and it's time to kick off our postseason list of the Big 12's top 25 players.

Before we start, let's go over a bit of the criteria:
This list was tough to assemble. We'll do an honorable mention later for guys who probably deserved a spot, but couldn't fit on the list.

Here goes:

No. 25: Damontre Moore, LB/DE, Texas A&M

2011 numbers: Made 72 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and broke up a pass.

Most recent ranking: Moore was unranked in our midseason list of the Big 12's top 25 players.

Making the case for Moore: After a quiet first half, Moore blew up in conference play as a sophomore. Of his 17.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 came in the final six games of the season. Six of his 8.5 sacks came in the final four games of the year. He's a physically impressive player with a sky-high ceiling and tons of speed. He'll be fun to watch in the SEC.

Because of that slow start, Moore didn't quite get the recognition of others across the league, but he still finished second in the league in sacks and second in tackles for loss. There's something to be said for consistency, but Moore was outstanding late this season.