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19 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Colby Moore

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In which BracketCat counts down the 19th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Colby Moore.

#19 Colby Moore
Two years ago, Colby Moore tried to expand his playing time by converting to wide receiver. It didn’t exactly work out and now Moore has returned to his original position as a defensive back. A special teams standout, he represented KSU at Big 12 Media Day.
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#19 Colby Moore

Redshirt Senior | 6-1 | 201 lbs. | Argyle, Texas
Colby Moore
Colby Moore
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Colby Dean Moore (b. Feb. 1, 1996) is a versatile former walk-on who has been a valuable member of all special teams units throughout his career. He finally earned a scholarship in spring 2018, was made a player representative and represented K-State at Big 12 Media Day.

He also has been named an “honorary special teams caption” for the 2018 season.

After redshirting in 2014, Moore played in nine games in 2015, tying for second on the team with eight special teams tackles. He tallied four tackles on kickoff coverage and four on punt coverage.

Moore had a season-high three tackles on two occasions, at Texas and at Kansas. He also had tackles at Texas Tech and against West Virginia.

Moore switched from defensive back to wide receiver and tried unsuccessfully to compete for more playing time in 2016.

He did see action in all 13 games, but again primarily on special teams. He finished fourth on the team with seven special teams tackles — all on kickoff coverage — carded a career-high-tying three stops at Iowa State and earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

Moore then transitioned back to defensive back after his year at receiver, but while his playing time prospects at that position still appear thin, he almost certainly will continue to be a vital member of multiple special teams units.

He played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, and tied for second on the team with six special teams tackles, all coming on kickoff coverage to tie for team-high honors.

Moore tied his career best with three tackles against UCLA in the Cactus Bowl and finished the season as a first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer.

A starter for Liberty Christian High School, he has experience playing quarterback, as well as participating in wrestling and track and field. His father, Mike, played baseball at TCU.

Moore was a starter for the Warriors during his senior year under head coach Greg Price, and helped to lead Liberty Christian to a 9-4 record and a trip to the state semifinals during the 2013 season as he earned all-district honors.

He also prepped at Springtown High School, where he was named a first-team Texas Class 3A All-District 6 performer as a junior after leading the Porcupines to a 6-5 record and an appearance in the Texas Class 3A Division 2 state playoffs.

Moore also earned all-county honors as both a sophomore and junior.