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Skai Moore returns from injury to lead the defense

All-conference linebacker returns for final season in Columbia.

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Welcome to Linebacker week! The Final Cockdown is going take this week to appreciate to breakdown a position of great importance to the Gamecock defense. Here’s a list of who we’ll go through:

Bryson Allen-Williams | Skai Moore | T.J. Brunson | Davonne Bowen | Sherrod Greene | Eldridge Thompson | Damani Staley

#10 Skai Moore

RS Senior / 6’2” / 218 / Cooper City, Fla. / University

In 2015, Skai Moore was one of the few standouts of the 3-9 campaign. Moore captained the defense in what was his junior season and led the unit in tackles for the third year in a row, earning second team all-SEC honors. He was forced to take a medical redshirt for the 2016 season following surgery on a herniated disk. The Gamecocks certainly missed his presence on the field last season.

Moore, along with Bryson Allen-Williams, will lead the defense from the linebacker position. If Moore picks up where he left off, he can certainly become first team all-conference. He could even push for bigger awards like the SEC defensive player of the year or all-american honors.

He also has some Gamecock accolades he can pick up during his final year in Columbia. He needs only 47 tackles to move into the all-time top ten tackle list and is only three interceptions behind the career school record of 14. After leading Carolina in tackles his first three years, Moore can become the only player in Gamecock history to lead the defense in tackles four years in a row.

2016 Stats: Missed season with injury.

Recruitment: Three-star recruit; 29 offers, visited Ohio State, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt before signing with the Gamecocks on Feb. 6, 2013.

Next Up: T.J. Brunson looks to join BAW and Moore at linebacker after playing 11 games, mainly on special teams, as a freshman.