Ole Miss defensive back A.J. Moore made his college debut against Vanderbilt in 2014. This Saturday, he will make his first collegiate start versus the same team.
The sophomore will start in place of the injured Ole Miss safety Tony Conner, who is out four weeks because of a torn meniscus. Moore has been preparing for this opportunity for a long time.
“I have been schooled for this moment,” Moore told Chuck Rounsaville of Scout.com. “The coaches always tell the backups we are one play away from starting and to always be ready. They have me ready.”
Moore said he feels most confident in his run support abilities, but that he also feels comfortable in coverage. The biggest thing Moore said the Ole Miss defense would lose without Conner is his experience.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of difference between Tony and I, he just has more experience,” Moore said. “We have similar skill sets. I just need more playing time, which I am about to get, but I believe I am 100-percent ready. I know all my plays, all the calls, all my reads. I’m ready.”
Moore played as a backup and on special teams in every game last season. He had 16 tackles and one pass breakup. Moore also recovered the fumble on the opening kickoff last week against Alabama.
Freeze says Ole Miss will be without Tony Conner for about four weeks with meniscus tear/surgery. Big blow.
— David Brandt (@davidbrandtAP) September 21, 2015