Moncur: "I am going to be a playmaker"

Every practice, defensive ends Calais Campbell and Eric Moncur have a friendly competition to see who can get the quarterback most during the session.

Ask Moncur who has been winning those races to the quarterback and he'll smile and tell you, "I would say that I am winning those right now."

Last spring it was Campbell who made the leap from good player to great player. This spring, Moncur is looking to make the same jump Campbell did and secure a starting spot opposite of Campbell at left defensive end.

There is no doubt Eric Moncur wants to be a starter next season. Following the advice of strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey, Moncur has lost 15 pounds since the end of last season—from 262 pounds down to 247 pounds—by eating right and drinking a lot of water.

"This year I am going to be a guy that makes big plays," Moncur said. "I am going to be a playmaker. I have been working real hard to get my weight down, I have lost some weight, and I feel a lot quicker off the ball. I am making a lot of plays right now."

"I am going to do what I have to do to get on the field. I mean I have experience and I consider myself to be one of the leaders on the defense. I am going to lead by example, I am not one of those raw-raw guys, I lead by example."

Moncur, a redshirt junior finished last season with one sack, but was responsible for nine quarterback pressures while starting three games.

Moncur says that new head coach Randy Shannon and defensive line coach Clint Hurtt have brought a new attitude and intensity to the team this season and his teammates have responded.

"I guess last year we were more laid back, but this year we are more intense," Moncur said. "We are practicing with more intensity and playing with more passion."

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