Moncur Received Start at LDE

On Saturday, sophomore Eric Moncur started at left end in place of senior Baraka Atkins.

He might be the guy the University of Miami sorely needs on the defensive line, one that has only produced one sack in the first two games, but with numerous quarterback pressures and a couple of pass break ups, sophomore Eric Moncur is one the rise after having a great game against Florida A&M Saturday night in the Orange Bowl.

In Miami's 51-10 win, Moncur got his first start of the season at left defensive end in front of senior Baraka Atkins. It was the third start of his career.

The surprise start provided some quick results though as Moncur recorded a tackle, a fumble recovery and two pass break ups, but the one he was thinking about following the game was the one that he saw green grass on which slipped through his fingers.

On a screen pass by FAMU Moncur made play that he felt could have been a touchdown if he had brought it in.

"I could tell it was going to be a screen pass, but I didn't know it was going to come right to me," Moncur said. "I stuck my arm out and it hit my hand, I thought I was going to catch it but I didn't get it.

"I was going to take that all the way."

After having an All-ACC freshman year as voted on by the Sporting News, Moncur is looking to make plays this year and with continuous play the way he performed against Florida A&M will continue to get chances to make plays.

"I got a couple chances to make some plays and I did that, but I still made a couple of mistakes," Moncur said. "I have to capitalize on those next week."

But Moncur was very complimentary of the job the coaching staff did as well. With all the scrutiny that the staff has endured over the past week following the Florida State loss, he gave them credit where it was due following another great defensive performance.

"I just played my assignment and did what the coaches told me to do and let them put me in the position to make plays," Moncur said.

That he did.

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