When Moore was on the field this fall -- he played in 8-of-13 games -- it seemed that the Mustangs' defense played with more swagger. At any rate, Moore will be forced to root for his teammates from the sidelines vs. Army, and hopefully the Ponies can send him out with a victory.
Banjo owns two of the team's 10 interceptions. Moore also had two picks. Junior Richard Crawford has played well and is tops on the team with four interceptions, including a game-clinching swipe against East Carolina.
Crawford also ranks sixth on the team with 56 tackles, 40 of the solo variety. Sophomore safety Ryan Smith accounted for two interceptions and recorded 44 stops.
With Moore out, Bennie Thomas will see ample action at CB. Thomas has 14 tackles, a TFL, and three PBU. Justin Sorrell has quietly put together a nice season, playing in 12 games and registering 19 stops.
SMU, of course, isn't coming into this game blind against the triple option. The Mustangs faced a similar offense in the Navy game, and the defense was ferocious in the first-half (pitching a shutout) vs. the Midshipmen.
The Black Knights get strong play from their other safety as well. FS Donnie Dixon, another senior, is fifth on the team with 45 tackles, and he's aggressive to boot (5.5 TFL).
Cornerback Richard King (yet another senior) is second on the team with four interceptions. He's a 5-foot-11, 188-pounder from Klein Forest HS in Houston.
Junior CB Antuan Aaron has been hampered by a hamstring injury, but the 5-foot-9, 188-pounder from Crandall HS in Dallas has performed well when healthy. Aaron has 27 tackles (20 solo).