5. DE Marcus Moore, RS Sophomore 6’2” 255
2017 Season Statistics: 13 Games (3 Starts), 20 Tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 1 Sack
Marcus Moore drew comparisons to pressure monger and 2017 NFL 1st round draft pick Takkarist McKinley from former head coach Jim Mora because he played with high emotion and with a high motor. Moore showed promise last season in creating pressure and was one of the few bright spots for a front 7 that lost Matt Dickerson, Jaelan Phillips, and Josh Woods, among others, to injury. Of the 16 defensive linemen on last year’s roster, the local Pasadena native was 1 of 4 (Jacob-Tuioti Mariner, Chigozie Nnoruka, Osa Odighizuwa) who played in every game a year ago. Moore took advantage of his chance to gain experience as he made 19 of his 20 tackles in the latter half of the season. Moore was able to progress rapidly in his first year of playing time so I expect big things for him as his development continues in year two. While it may not be reflected on the stat sheet in increased sacks and tackles, we should see Moore to be a disruptive force in every opponent’s backfield. Moore’s continued development makes him a dark horse candidate to breakout this season.