Name: Rod Moore
Weight: 185 lbs.
High school: Clayton (OH) Northmont
Jersey number: #19
Last year: I ranked Moore #87 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He started four games and made 32 tackles and 1 pass breakup.
TTB Rating: 72
Moore was a pleasant surprise in 2021. Safety is a difficult position at which to contribute for a freshman, but Moore stepped in and played in an experienced secondary. Older players like Makari Paige, Jalen Perry, and German Green were left on the sideline while the precocious freshman started big games down the stretch against Penn State, Ohio State, and Georgia. The coaching staff raved about him, and word out of practices suggested he was a football nut who watched film and prepared like a future pro.
So here Moore takes a giant leap, from #87 in 2021 to #16 in 2022. With the departure of Brad Hawkins and Daxton Hill, I could probably make an argument for Moore to be ranked even higher. But it’s hard for me to place a sophomore safety with four starts under his belt too awfully high in the countdown. After suffering an injury in the spring, he’s still expected to start this fall, whether it’s at safety or nickel. Other guys in the running seem to be R.J. Moten and Makari Paige, with fifth year senior German Green, redshirt junior Caden Kolesar, redshirt junior Jalen Perry, and freshman Keon Sabb all reportedly providing depth.
Prediction: Starting safety