Scouting UT: Linebacker Eddie Moore

Eddie Moore, 6-0, 225, isn't the fastest Tennessee linebacker, the biggest or even the most talented. That award goes to Kevin Burnett, who was lost for the season in week one. <br><br>But he may be the most indispensable player in the Vols defensive front and his knack for turning in big plays is uncanny.

A native of South Pittsburg, Tenn., Eddie Moore wasn't offered a scholarship by any SEC school other than Ole Miss. He took a late offer from the Vols and has become a fixture at outside linebacker.

A preseason All-SEC pick by the Birmingham News and a nominee for the Butkus Award, Moore has recorded 173 tackles in his career, with 14 tackles for losses, five sacks and 10 passes broken up.

Moore is another in the long line of excellent Tennessee linebackers.

He led Tennessee in tackles last season with 81 and paces the Vols again this season with 55 through six games. Two of the most memorable tackles of Moore's career include: a game-saving stop against Kentucky in the final minute of play that resulted in a fumble. Moore also set the tone for last season's upset of Florida in The Swamp with one of the most wicked blows ever landed in UT gridiron history.

Moore recorded a career-high 15 tackles in Tennessee's six-overtime victory against Arkansas, and has consistently fought off injuries to contribute to his team's success. In fact, Moore is UT's current leader with 43 games played and serves as the Vols tri-captain.

As a native Tennessean who grew up near the Alabama border, Moore understands the significance of the Vols current winning streak in this series and is likely to come up with another one of his clutch performances.

Whether he can inspire his team to the level of play it will take to stretch the streak to eight straight remains to be seen. But there's little doubt when the Vols defense comes up big, Moore will be involved, and his play will provide an excellent barometer for both sides to gauge when Bama has the football.

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