PHENOMenology: Louisiana eighth grader showing shades of Sapp

PHENOMenology: Louisiana eighth grader showing shades of Sapp

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PHENOMenology: Louisiana eighth grader showing shades of Sapp

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Yes it’s early, but Monroe, Louisiana native Malcolm Moore sure looks like the real deal on the football field.

Moore, who plays for the Ouachita junior high football team, is a 5-foot-8, 180-pound wunderkind who is almost unblockable on the line. He wasted no time in establishing himself as the team’s dominant defender. According to Youth1, in early season action alone he had 12 solo tackles, eight sacks, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, 11 hurries and two interceptions. Two interceptions … as a defensive tackle!

You can check out plenty of highlights of Moore both above and below.

If Moore’s dominance wasn’t expected, it was at the very least presaged by his bloodlines. The lineman’s father was a defensive lineman at Louisiana Tech, as was his uncle. Another of his uncles was Mack Moore, who was a star defensive lineman at Texas A&M and then for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. He is a cousin of New York Giants defensive back Rueben Randle and even his grandfather played collegiate football (at Grambling State).

A future fixated on football? It seems likely, though Moore does always keep another sport on the backburner: The seventh grader is an impressive swimmer, qualifying for the Louisiana State Swim Meet in the butterfly, and a Little League All-Star.

Of course, his biggest passion is football, which is why it would be no surprise to see him in the SEC in the future.

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