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23 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Cre Moore

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In which BracketCat counts down the 23rd day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Cre Moore.

#23 Cre Moore
Cre Moore (23) had his best season yet as a Wildcat in 2016, backing up Donnie Starks as a nickel back. With Starks graduated, the job is Moore’s for the taking in 2017.
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#23 Cre Moore

Redshirt Senior | 6-0 | 184 lbs. | Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Cre Moore
Cre Moore
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Cre Ahmani Moore (b. June 10, 1995) is a young defensive back who stepped into the starting nickel back role toward the end of his junior campaign. He will compete for a starting nod again as a senior in 2017.

Moore redshirted in 2013 and played in five games in 2014 — seeing time as a reserve cornerback against Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, Oklahoma State, TCU and Kansas — but he did not record any statistics.

The same was true in 2015, when he played in four games — against South Dakota, UTSA, Oklahoma State and Kansas — but again did not record any statistics.

Moore’s breakthrough came last season when he played in seven games, including starts in each of the final three contests after serving as Donnie Starks’ primary backup earlier in 2016.

He totaled 11 tackles in those last three games of the season, including a career-high five stops with three tackles for loss at TCU and four tackles against Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl, and tallied pass breakups against both the Horned Frogs and Aggies.

Kansas State coaches found Moore at Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School in the Tulsa suburbs, playing for head coach Steve Spauital. He had interest from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and several smaller colleges.

Moore was named to the Oklahoma Top 11 all-state team as a senior and was a 2012 All-State Class 6A selection at cornerback by The Oklahoman. Rivals listed him as a three-star player and the No. 14 player in the state of Oklahoma in 2012.

A three-year starter who recorded four interceptions and 100 tackles in his final two years, Moore helped Broken Arrow to earn a runner-up finish in the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship game in 2011. He also was a standout in track and field who helped to set a school record in the 4x100 relay.