September 4, 2007

Moore makes presence felt in opener

Antwon Moore was born in Ponca City, Okla., but for few hours Saturday evening, the 210-pound linebacker lived in Auburn University's offensive backfield. While the former junior college transfer may have only recorded a single sack during Kansas State's season-opening loss, the full range of havoc the 5-foot-10 Moore wreaked on the Tigers' offense somehow eluded the stat sheet. But while his opening-game performance doesn't look dominant on paper, Moore and others close to the team certainly understand its importance.

"Yes sir," Moore emphatically replied when asked if Saturday was his coming out party. "I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard a lot of comments about it."

The second-year Wildcat often found himself in the Tiger backfield and hit Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox on three different occasions during his self-described breakout game. He also helped the Wildcats nearly erase the Tigers' running game, holding the SEC opponent to just 37 yards on the ground. Moore's performance was so highly regarded, in fact, that it prompted Coach Ron Prince to praise his junior linebacker with a flattering comparison.

"It's true, I kind of see him in the same style as (Pittsburgh Steelers all-pro safety Troy Polamalu) and how he plays," Prince said. "You can put him in a lot of different positions."

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