Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore, an All-America performer who leads the team in tackles (80), sacks (12.5) and tackles for losses (20), has decided to bypass his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Moore, a junior from Rowlett and finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, is projected as a potential first-round pick. His final game for No. 9 A&M (10-2) will be in Friday's AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic against No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
In a statement issued Sunday by school officials, Moore called his decision “a sad moment and a happy moment.”
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL,” Moore said. “But I’ve loved my time representing the 12th Man and with my teammates at Texas A&M.”
A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said he “couldn’t be happier for Damontre as he pursues his professional dreams in the NFL. He’s been a great representative of Texas A&M.”
_ Jimmy Burch