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The Final Cockdown: #6, Chris Moody

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Experienced defensive back looks to make an impact in 2015.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Moody

RS Junior
Free Safety
6' 1" / 215 lbs
McDonough, Ga

Recruitment

3 star recruit, #54 athlete in the 2012 class by 247Sports. Received offers from Central Florida, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt, among others.

College Career

After redshirting his freshman season, Moody made an appearance in 12 games in 2013, mostly seeing action on special teams. His first appearance at safety was against Tennesee, following a targetting penalty that saw Safety Kadetrix Marcus ejected. Moody stepped in and recorded three tackles in relief.

Moody started 2014 out stronger than most of the defense, recording eight tackles in a Texas A&M game that may have needed a trigger warning before I mentioned it. That appearance earned him his first career start the next week against ECU. He'd go on to make six more starts and see significant playing time most Saturday's, finishing with 37 tackles on the season.

2015 Outlook

Last year's secondary was young, inexperienced and largely unspectacular, but Moody was a solid contributor throughout the year. The unit returns largely intact, a year older and with some new talent around (hey there, Isaiah Johnson) and the special attention of new co-Defensive Coordinator Jon Hoke. Expectations are high, the position is pretty deep, and Moody appears to have slid in behind projected starters Johnson and DJ Smith. He'll still see plenty of playing time, and if last year is any indication, he's an excellent piece to have in reserve when you need fresh legs on the field.

Trivia

Against which SEC West team did Moody record his first career fumble recovery last season?