Cotton Bowl: Sooners must keep Texas A&M's Damontre Moore away from Landry Jones

OKLAHOMA VS. TEXAS A&M — Damontre Moore announced Sunday night that he will enter the NFL Draft. But first comes the Cotton Bowl, where OU's success will depend in part on keeping Moore away from quarterback Landry Jones.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 31, 2012

Moore spent the previous two seasons as more of an outside linebacker. But new A&M coach Kevin Sumlin hired Mark Snyder as defensive coordinator, Snyder switched A&M to a 4-3 defense and suddenly Moore was a traditional defensive end.

“He has worked extremely hard and bought in,” Snyder said. “He is a standup guy. When we got here, we felt like he as a defensive end. We told him if he trusted us and worked hard, good things were going to happen for him, and they did.”

Moore lines up on both the right and left sides, so OU tackles Lane Johnson and Tyrus Thompson will be on alert.

“He's a great force,” Landry Jones said. “Did a lot of good things on the SEC. But you can't forget about our guys at the tackle position. We've got some pretty good tackles, too. They're going to have to step up. They're going to have to play pretty well to go against that guy, because he's extremely talented.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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