Panthers Preseason Spotlight: Kenneth Moore

Austin PennyAnalyst IAugust 31, 2009

There isn't a better definition of a hometown hero on the Panthers roster than Kenneth Moore. 

Moore grew up in Charlotte and attended Butler High School in Matthews, NC before heading to Wake Forest University for college in Winston Salem, NC. 

A standout at Wake Forest, Moore was on the Demon Deacons team that won the ACC Championship from out of nowhere as a junior and was a large part of the reason. 

As a senior, Moore had 98 receptions for 1,011 yards--setting a school and conference record for most receptions in a season. 

He also came within 42 yards of former Panther Ricky Proehl's school record for receiving yards.

Moore's college successes caught the eye of the Detroit Lions, who selected Moore in the fifth round with the 136th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.  Moore made the practice squad with the Lions, but had a dream come true in October.

The Panthers plucked Moore off of the Lions practice squad, and Kenny got to come home to play for his hometown team, something very few players ever get to do.

Moore spent the rest of 2008 on the Panthers squad and came into camp with an outside chance at making the roster for 2009. 

That outside chance has quickly moved inside, as the two players with whom Moore was battling for the Panthers' fourth receiver spot have been cut since the preseason began.

Moore's chances of earning a spot on the 53-man roster have increased dramatically, as has his level of play.  Though the numbers aren't eye-popping, Moore has six receptions for 76 yards through three preseason games for the Panthers, and has been the first option for starting quarterback Jake Delhomme on numerous occasions.

In Saturday night's loss to the ravens, Moore had three catches for 40 yards, including one ball he nabbed just past the line of scrimmage and took 19 yards.

Look for more to be a viable option in the slot on occasion for the Panthers this season.


Spotlight Update

+  Jeremy Leman has now posted a total of 12 tackles this preseason, and has not lost a bit of the intensity we saw in the Giants game.  With Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, and Landon Johnson all having suffered injuries during training camp, the longevity of the linebacking corps could be in question, which is potentially good news for Leman.

+  Captain Munnerlyn notched three tackles on Saturday night against the Ravens, and continued to look impressive with his tackling and aggressiveness on defense.  He didn't get a chance to return any kicks, as the Ravens only punted twice and didn't offer a return on either, while Mike Goodson handled kickoff return duties.