After a thrilling overtime victory, Hampton EDGE KeShaun Moore has been named the Shrine Bowl HBCU Defensive Player of the Week. Getting back in the win column is one thing — dominating your side of the field is another. And that’s just what Moore did in the victory.
Week 7 Shrine Bowl HBCU Defensive Player of the Week: Hampton EDGE KeShaun Moore
The Pirates utilized strength on their defense in key moments, most notably their two-point conversion defense, to win their most recent outing and improve to 4-2 on the college football season. The win stopped a two-game skid after Hampton had started the season 3-0 with impressive defensive outings.
KeShaun Moore led the Pirates’ defense on Saturday against Albany, ripping through the offensive line for multiple highlight-reel moments. But this is nothing new for Moore.
“Moore is putting together a solid redshirt senior campaign for Hampton,” Draft HBCU scout and defensive line coach Gerald J. Huggins Jr. told Pro Football Network. “He’s top four in the CAA in tackles for loss and top 10 in sacks.”
Against Albany, it was Moore who flashed brightest with three tackles for loss and two sacks. He was a constant presence in the backfield against Albany as he stymied multiple drives on his own. The WWE NIL Athlete gave the Great Danes no chance with his hurry on QB Reese Poffenbarger in the fourth quarter, leading to an Albany punt.
That punt led to Hampton K Axel Perez drilling a game-tying field goal with just seven seconds remaining on the clock. But Moore wasn’t quite done.
After Hampton had scored first in overtime to lead 37-30, Moore sacked Poffenbarger — his second sack of the day — on third-and-goal, pushing Albany back to a fourth-and-goal from the 15-yard line with the game on the line. Only an improbable pass from Poffenbarger to Quinn Zinobile brought the game within a point-after-touchdown away from going to a second overtime.
Albany’s two-point conversion attempt was thwarted by Moore and the Hampton defense, eeking out the narrow victory, gaining their first conference victory of the season.
“Since conference play began, Moore has amassed 14 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and a fumble forced and recovered,” Huggins Jr. said.
Moments like this will certainly bring the national eye on Hampton and their next-level prospects. Moore already passes the eye test and is starting to gain national acclaim.
“Moore is another eye-test guy with the prototypical size for an edge rusher,” Huggins Jr. continued. “At 6’3″, 240-plus pounds, Moore has also played in the interior for the Pirates. His versatility makes him an intriguing prospect.”
In the game against Albany alone, Moore rushed the passer from a handful of spots on the defensive line. He’s rushed from as far inside as head up on the center (nose tackle) to as far out as 9-tech with his ears pinned back. From a general usage standpoint, that versatility will absolutely make him a next-level prospect.
“He’s played many positions during his college career, and he has a solid initial strike against offensive linemen,” Huggins Jr. said. “His hands are violent, his feet are quick, and he has a top-notch get-off. He’s a power rusher with some fast twitch to him as well.”
That kind of combination is certain to keep Moore in the national spotlight as much as these thrilling victories will. With more production like he had against Albany, this may not be the last time we’ll hear from him this season.
And we’ll undoubtedly hear KeShaun Moore’s name called in the lead-up to the 2023 NFL Draft.
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