#52 Charmeachealle Moore
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Charmeachealle D. "Mike" Moore Jr. (b. Jan. 30, 1993) is a high-motor linebacker who who came on strong at the end of the 2015 season. Now he will battle for starting duties at one of the linebacker positions again as a senior.
Moore played in 10 games as a true freshman in 2012, mainly as a pass rusher. He had four tackles, including two against Kansas. He also forced a fumble on a KU kickoff return, and had stops versus North Texas and Oregon.
He played in every game in 2013 and totaled seven tackles, two sacks, and a pass breakup. He also registered a season-high two tackles, with a sack and a forced fumble, against Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
But Moore saw his 2014 season end due to a knee injury sustained in the first game against Stephen F. Austin, in which he recorded two tackles. He received a medical hardship and was designated a junior again in 2015.
Moore played in 12 games in his redshirt junior year, including starts in the final three contests of what proved to be his breakout season. He totaled 55 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
He had a stellar final four games in particular, averaging 10.8 tackles per game after just a 1.5 tackle-per-game average in the first eight games of the season. He recorded a career-best 17 tackles — including 16 solo stops — four tackles for loss and two sacks against West Virginia en route to Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Moore's 16 solo stops were tied for the most nationally during the 2015 season and also were the most by a Wildcat since at least 1990. He bettered his previous career high of 10 tackles against Iowa State, which included a sack, while he also recovered a fumble that led to the game-winning (and season- and bowl-saving) field goal.
He earned his first career start at Kansas, coming away with six stops and half a tackle for loss, and finished the year with 10 tackles in the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Arkansas, tying for seventh in K-State bowl history.
Moore, who projects again as the starting strongside linebacker, was the only scholarship linebacker in K-State's 2011 recruiting class (and he grayshirted, to boot). He originally hailed the Dallas' powerhouse Skyline High School.
As a prep athlete, Moore collected 63 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, eight sacks, 21 hurries and a blocked field goal in 2010. He helped to lead coach Reginald Samples' Raiders to a 9-3 overall record — 7-0 in league play — that year.
A two-time all-district pick, Moore was named one of the top 100 players in Texas. He and high school teammate Marquel Bryant, a former K-State starter, were the first fruits of a renewed recruiting effort in the Dallas metro area.