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41 MINUS 2 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Austin Moore

In which BracketCat counts down the 41st day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Austin Moore.

#41 Sam Sizelove
Former linebacker Sam Sizelove (41) has graduated and his jersey number now belongs to another linebacker, former walk-on Austin Moore.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#41 Austin Moore

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-0 | 214 lbs. | Louisburg, Kansas
Austin Moore
Austin Moore
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Special Teams
  • Status: On Scholarship

Richard Austin Moore (b. June 30, 2000) is a former walk-on linebacker from Louisburg High School who redshirted in 2019 and is likely to continue contributing on special teams.

Moore, who is majoring in kinesiology, saw action in seven games in 2020 — primarily on special teams — while also serving as a reserve linebacker.

He totaled four tackles on the season, including a season-high three against Kansas.

Moore also earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors as he was one of 13 players in the league to be nominated with a 4.0 grade-point average.

He prepped under head coach Robert Ebenstein at Louisburg, where he helped the Wildcats to earn an 11-2 record in 2018 and a trip to the state playoffs.

Moore earned first-team all-state honors as a running back during his senior season from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, while he was an honorable mention pick from both organizations as a junior.

He also picked up three all-league honors as a linebacker and two as a running back, and he was a finalist for the Frank Fontana Award as the most outstanding high school football player in the smaller class in the greater Kansas City area.

Moore totaled 226 tackles, five forced fumbles and 17 tackles for loss in addition to rushing for 3,021 yards during his prep career.

He also was a three-time state qualifier in wrestling who finished fourth at State in 2019.