Monday, February 28, 2011
Non-AQ Top 25 Players: No. 16
By Andrea Adelson
It is time to get back to defense with a player who has been nothing but outstanding the past several seasons. With a new defensive coordinator this past season, he definitely played more of the hybrid defensive end/linebacker spot that suits him. The results were there not only for him, but for his team as well.
Dontay Moch was a constant presence in the offensive backfield.
No. 16 Dontay Moch, DE, Nevada
Moch has been your prototypical hybrid player, but he played much more linebacker this season under first-year coordinator Andy Buh. That allowed him to use his eye-popping speed (his 4.18 in the 40 is not exaggerated) to continue to torment quarterbacks and running backs in 2010. Moch set a single-season school record with 22 tackles for loss and added 8.5 sacks. He ended his career as the school and WAC leader in those two categories, and also holds the single-season sack record of 11.5, set in 2007. Once again, Moch won All-WAC first-team honors and helped Nevada improve defensively -- going from the No. 96 defense in the country in 2009 to the No. 54 defense in 2010. The Wolf Pack ended up with a share of the WAC championship and a 13-1 record, the best in school history. Moch was a big reason why.