#17 D.J. Moore Season 2006-07
Unanimous first team All-Southeastern performer as junior, playing instrumental role in Vanderbilt reaching bowl eligibility for the first time since 1982… Earned second team All-America honors from Associated Press, Sporting News, SI.com and Rivals.com… Finished year with 58 total tackles, including 30 solo, team-high six interceptions and 4.5 tackles for loss… Also averaged 14.4 yards on punt returns… One of the SEC’s most versatile players, Moore also averaged 8.4 yards on nine rush attempts and 20.4 yards on seven receptions… Put together one of the single greatest individual performances in Vanderbilt history at Kentucky, becoming the first Commodore in modern history to register two touchdown catches and two interceptions in a game… Moore’s remarkable performance, coming at Kentucky, gave the Commodores a sixth victory and an eventual invitation to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville… Finished his collegiate career ranked second on Vanderbilt’s all-time charts with 13 interceptions.
One of the Southeastern Conference’s most versatile athletes, Moore put together one of the finest seasons ever by a Commodore defensive back… Started every game at cornerback while serving as team’s primary kickoff returner… Named as First Team All-Southeastern Conference recipient by Associated Press writers; Second Team All-SEC by coaches’ ballot… Received team’s postseason Defensive Secondary MVP Award… Ranked among SEC and national leaders in several defensive statistical categories, including interceptions, solo tackles, total tackles and defensed passes… Finished with six interceptions, tied for the most in the SEC and the highest total by a Vanderbilt player since Leonard Coleman’s 8-interception school record in 1982… Also topped the team with 63 solo tackles and ranked second with 83 total tackles and 10 pass breakups… As kickoff returner, averaged 25.7 yards and achieved a team-record 823 yards in kickoff return yardage… After posting 11 tackles and interception in season-opening win over Richmond, came back with 13 total tackles vs. Alabama… Named National Defensive Player of the Week after stellar performance – two key interceptions and eight total tackles – leading Vanderbilt to 17-6 road victory over No. 6 South Carolina… Preserved victory over Ole Miss with interception, and gave Commodores extra cushion with fourth-quarter interception and 24-yard TD return vs. Eastern Michigan… Post QB sack, three pass breakups and six solo tackles in win over Miami (Ohio)… Also contributed nine tackles at Florida and 7-tackle, 1-INT effort vs. Wake Forest… Interception preserved win over Ole Miss victory, and 24-yard interception return for a TD gave extra cushion in victory over Eastern Michigan… Explosive kick returner, posting seven returns of 40 yards or more, including 63-yarder vs. Richmond and 55-yarder at end of Tennessee game that gave Commodores chance for potential game-winning, last-second field goal attempt… Earned team’s Specialist of the Week honors after performances against Alabama and Ole Miss… In three-game midseason stretch, gave [apos]Dore offense added dimension running reverses as wide receiver… Produced 78 rushing yards on six carries, including 39-yard rushes vs. Georgia and Miami (Ohio).
Played in every game at a true freshman, starting nine straight games at cornerback… Also saw action as a punt returner… Named to All-Southeastern Conference Freshman squad by coaches… Finished year ranking among Commodore top ten with 27 solo tackles and 37 total tackles… Shared SEC and team lead with three fumble recoveries with DE Curtis Gatewood… After earning team[apos]s Specialist of the Week honors in first collegiate appearance at Michigan, Moore posted six total tackles and a fumble recovery in his first collegiate start in front of 92,000 fans at Alabama… Was outstanding in Commodore win at Georgia, setting career highs with seven solo tackles and eight total tackles… Also contributed an athletic fumble recovery that led to Vanderbilt points at Georgia… Sealed Commodore road win at Duke with late interception… Posted at least three tackles in seven games.
Four-year varsity letter winner for AA South Carolina program… Started as wide receiver and defensive back… Named South Carolina AA Special Teams Player of the Year and Region 2-2A Player of the Year… Two-time All-State at WR… As senior, had 48 receptions for 896 yards and 14 TDs… Lone rush went for 84-yard TD… Tallied three TDs on punt returns… Totaled 39 tackles and six INTs on defense… Posted five receptions and a TD in postseason Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas… Helped squad to 2004 state title, earning MVP honors in championship game… Three-time All-State in basketball, helping squad to state title as junior… Currently averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists… Reigning high jump state champion with personal best of 6-6.
David James Moore… Son of Eddie and Doris Moore… One of four siblings… Member of French honors organization.
TACKLES: 13, vs. Alabama, 9/8/2007
INTERCEPTIONS/GAME: 2 (2x), last at Kentucky, 11/15/2008
LONG KOR: 63 yards, vs. Richmond, 9/1/2007
TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS\/GAME: 2 (2x), last at Kentucky, 11/15/2008