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News

Raiders Pick LB Sio Moore in 3rd Round

Posted Apr 26, 2013

The Raiders have selected Sio Moore, LB out of Connecticut, in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft.

SIO MOORE
Outside Linebacker
University of Connecticut Huskies

6:00.6-245
Apex, North Carolina

Apex High School
West Haven High School


OVERVIEW

When Moore first joined the Connecticut program, he was tabbed by the coaches as a player to have talent that could be utilized in many ways on the field.

He is a player with well-defined legs and explosive closing speed. He is effective when operating in space and demonstrates strength to take on and defeat lead blockers in run containment. He has the lateral range and agility to sift through trash and burst to close, easily beating blockers on the way to recording 44.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage during his career.

With his speed and smooth backpedal, he covers ground quickly working along the perimeter and has the strength to take down running backs, bringing his arms and feet to fit and secure.

Moore shows the agility, loose hips and quickness to drop and get depth in pass coverage. In his last two seasons, Moore has recorded 14.5 quarterback sacks, causing four turnovers in the process. He has also developed into an explosive blitzer who is sudden coming off the edge, closing fast on the pocket.

As a freshman, he played at West Haven High School, but his family moved to North Carolina before his sophomore season, where he played for Apex High School. The fullback and linebacker earned All-Area and All-Tri Seven Football League honors. His athletic skills enticed Connecticut to offer him a scholarship. 

After red-shirting for the Huskies in 2008, Moore appeared in four contests, as he recorded six tackles in 2009. He went on to start nine games that year and finished second on the team with a career-high 110 tackles that included 11.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

In 2011, he started all 12 games and earned Big East Conference honors while finishing second in the league and 20th in the nation with 16.0 tackles-for-loss.

Moore led a spirited and veteran-laden unit that ranked ninth nationally in total defense (309.92 ypg) and eighth in run defense (97.92 ypg), as he was one of two UConn defenders to receive All-American recognition. The All-Big East Conference first-team pick ranked second in the league with eight sacks and 15.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, finishing fourth on the team with 72 tackles. His pass coverage skills were also highlighted, as he deflected 11 passes targeted into his area as a senior.

CAREER NOTES

Moore started 31-of-41 games that he played in for Connecticut…Finished with 274 tackles (174 solos) and 16 sacks…His 44.0 tackles-for-loss tied Jarvis Jones of Georgia for 10th among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, as his 37 solo stops-for-loss tied Quanterus Smith of Western Kentucky for 12th among active participants…Intercepted four passes and deflected 18 other tosses, as he caused and recovered four fumbles. 

2012 SEASON

Moore was named to the All-American Super Sleeper Team by The NFL Draft Report and the league’s coaches named him to the All-Big East Conference first-team…Member of the Watch Lists for the Lombardi Award and Butkus Award…Started 10 of the 12 games he played in at strong-side outside linebacker, ranking fourth on the team with 72 tackles (45 solos)…Also recovered a fumble…Broke up a pair of passes and posted five tackles with 1.5 stops for loss vs. Massachusetts in the season opener…Added five hits that included a 10-yard sack and knocked down a pass vs. North Carolina State…Had seven tackles (5 solos), 2.5 sacks and three stops for minus 13 yards and two pass break-ups in a 24-21 decision over Maryland, a team coached by former UConn mentor, Randy Edsall…Produced nine tackles and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Rutgers, followed by another nine-tackle performance that included 1.5 sacks for losses of 14 yards vs. Temple…Registered two more sacks with a pressure, two pass deflections and six tackles (5 solos) vs. Pittsburgh…Closed out his career with a 7-yard sack in the Cincinnati clash.

2011 SEASON

Moore received All-Big East Conference first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report… Started all 12 games …Finished third on the squad with 86 tackles, ranking second in the league and 20th in the nation with 16.0 stops for losses of 58 yards, as that total ranks eighth on the school season-record list…Added 6.5 sacks and three pressures…Tied for third in the conference with three interceptions and deflected six other throws…Caused two fumbles and recovered another…Credited with three sacks for minus 21 yards, causing an interception on a pressure while also forcing a fumble on one of his sacks, in addition to posting six tackles at Vanderbilt…Delivered 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven tackles vs. Western Michigan…Collected eight tackles in back-to-back games vs. West Virginia and South Florida, followed by 10 tackles (9 solos) and two stops-for-loss vs. Pittsburgh…Was in on 13 tackles (7 solos) that included an 11- yard sack, 2.5 stops and a pass deflection vs. Louisville…Made two more stops for loss that included a 5-yard sack, causing a fumble on that play, as he later picked off a pass vs. Rutgers…Also had one interception in each of the Syracuse and South Florida contests.

2010 SEASON

Moore started nine of 13 games, twice earning Big East Conference Player of the Week recognition…Second on the team with a career-high 110 tackles (72 solos), as he had 1.5 sacks and 11.5 stops for losses…Recovered and caused two fumbles…Intercepted one pass and deflected another…His first Big East Player of the Week honor came after he recorded a career-high 17 tackles (13 solos) with three stops behind the line of scrimmage and two forced fumbles vs. West Virginia…Turned in double-digit tackles with 16 vs. Buffalo, 12 vs. Rutgers and 10 vs. South Florida.

2009 SEASON

Moore saw action in four games, recording six tackles on the season with one for a loss...Made three tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage vs. Rhode Island.

2008 SEASON

Moore red-shirted as a freshman...Named the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week before the Louisville, North Carolina and Syracuse games...Selected the Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Week before the Hofstra game. 

AGILITY TESTS

4.65 in the 40-yard dash…1.61 10-yard dash…2.59 20-yard dash…4.31 20-yard shuttle…7.49 three-cone drill…38-inch vertical jump…10’7” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times…33 ¾-inch arm length…10 ¼-inch hands…78 5/8-inch wingspan. 

HIGH SCHOOL

After attended West Haven (Ct.) High School as a freshman, where he played outside linebacker, Moore’s family moved to North Carolina, where he earned All-Area and All-Tri Seven Football League honors as a fullback and linebacker during his senior season at Apex (Cary, N.C.) High as a senior…Lettered with the Cougars as a running back during his junior season, but did not play there as a sophomore…Received a two-star prospect grade from Rivals.com and Scout.com…Scout.com rated him 50th in the nation among weak-side linebackers.

PERSONAL

Political Science major…Born Snorsio Alston Moore 5/02/90 in West Haven, Connecticut… Resides in Apex, North Carolina.