Without Tony

A.J. Moore realizes he has big shoes to fill now that Husky Tony Conner will be on the shelf for "a while" recovering from a knee injury/surgery, but he feels he's up to the task.

"I don't really feel any pressure. I was getting snaps while he was available, now I'll just be getting more. I plan on doing the same things I have been doing," said A.J., half of the personable Moore twins on the team. "I realize I have big shoes to fill, but I am looking forward to it."

Moore's confidence is bolstered by the environment he is in.

"I have been schooled for this moment. The coaches always tell the backups we are one play away from starting and to always be ready. They have me ready. They will put me in the right position to succeed," he continued. "I don't think there's a lot of difference between Tony and I, he just has more experience.

"We have similar skill sets. I just need more playing time, which I am about to get, but I believe I am 100% ready. I know all my plays, all the calls, all my reads. I'm ready. I am in the film room every day. I will be ready."

The Husky has a lot of responsibilities, but A.J. feels he's up to the task.

"I feel I am a little better in my run support, but I am confident in my coverage abilities too. We work man coverage every day in practice," said Moore, who covered the fumble on the opening kickoff at Alabama. "Our leaders have faith in me and I am not going to let them down."

Moore will be backed up by true freshman Zedrick Woods, who has moved from Rover to Husky with the Conner injury, and Chief Brown, who plays all three "safety" slots..

"I have faith in Zedrick. I was a true freshman last year myself and he is following a similar path as I did. He's getting special teams work this year, like I did last year, and he's learning a position. He's catching on quickly," A.J., a true sophomore, said.

A.J. said he has seen no signs of a letdown from the Rebels after the big win in Tuscaloosa last Saturday.

"No sir, I do not. We are not put together that way," he closed. "We take it one day at a time, one opponent at a time. Alabama is over. Vandy is now."

It will be strange not to see #12 (Conner) at the Husky position, but #30 has paid his dues and, as you can see, he is confident he will take over and get the job done in Tony's absence.


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