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Damontre Moore vs. Mizzou
Starter: Brandon Alexander
Backup: Tyrone Taylor
Damontre Moore was an All-American in 2012 at the weak side defensive end position for A&M. He is projected to be a top-10 draft pick and recently declared for the NFL Draft.
With Moore gone, the Ags' starting strong side DE Julien Obioha will get a look at the weak side. The Aggies need to find an end who can get consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback.
Obioha has not yet displayed the quick twitch, explosive get off needed to be an elite pass rusher. He may be better suited for the strong side.
Brandon Alexander is 6'6" 245 lb redshirt sophomore from Brenham, Texas. Alexander spent the summer of 2012 in Louisiana instead of working out with his teammates. He allegedly fell out of favor with the coaches and did not play in 2012.
There are rumors coming out of Aggieland that Alexander has bought into the program and has been working hard in the weight room. He has the natural size and speed to be an elite defensive end in the SEC. The only question is whether he is properly motivated or not.
Tyrone Tayor redshirted during the 2012 season and will be a redshirt freshman in 2013. He entered the program at 6'3" and around 220 lbs. Taylor should be around 240 lbs by the time spring practice rolls around. He has an elite first step and should be able to help A&M in passing situations in 2013.
If Moore moves on to the NFL then the weak side defensive end position will go from a position of strength to a real question mark entering 2013.