Sept. 22, 2011
For Rennie Moore, there are three seasons…football, hunting, and fishing. On weekends when Moore is not suited up for the Tigers, you can often find him back home in south Georgia in the woods or on the lake fishing with his father.
“Any time I am not on the field or in Clemson, you can find me at the pond fishing with my dad and hanging out with my family,” said Moore. “I love fishing. It is a great way to get away.”
Moore was born in Germany and moved to southern Georgia as a child. Growing up in Georgia, especially Camden County, sports was a way of life. Almost every child played a sport, and Moore was no different. He excelled not only on the football field, but also on the baseball diamond and basketball court.
As Moore grew older, he knew his future was on the gridiron. As a highly-sought-after defensive end and tight end prospect, Moore flourished in high school, garnering the attention of a variety of schools, including Florida, Florida State, and Georgia.
He was a member of a state championship team as a freshman, won four consecutive region titles, and set the state record with 58 straight wins. As far as personal accomplishments, those were in abundance for Moore, who was named all-region, All-Southeast Georgia, and all-state as a senior. Moore was also selected for and participated in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game.
He chose Clemson for one major reason that stood out above the rest. “I love the town and the fans are amazing.”
Moore brought his excitement of the game of football to Tigertown. This excitement has been noticed by not only the fans, but also the coaches during his career. In a recent interview, he was asked about playing with so much energy and how that helps drive him during the game.
“I believe my motor helps me do that,” said Moore. “I believe that I can go all day. I get energy from the game. I go hard the whole game and hope the other person does, too. If not, he’s going to feel some wrath.”
When he arrived on campus in 2007, he was thrown into the fire immediately at defensive end following the departure of the late Gaines Adams to the NFL. The 2007 season saw Moore appear in six games as a first-year freshman, including a season-high 10 snaps in a victory at Duke.
Following the 2007 season, Moore red-shirted in 2008 in order to work on his strength and technique so he could make the move from a pass-rushing defensive end to a defensive tackle that could stop the run. It also added a valuable dimension to Clemson’s pass rush from his new position.
The 2009 season saw Moore make an immediate impact, as he had 22 tackles in 198 snaps. His best game was one that saw the Tigers clinch the ACC Atlantic Division crown. He totaled two sacks in a victory over Virginia in Death Valley that gave Clemson its sixth ACC win. Moore was a valuable member of a defense that was 20th in the nation in total defense.
In 2010, Moore had his best season to date. He appeared in all 13 games, including a start against Presbyterian College in the place of injured All-ACC defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins. His seven tackles for loss were the most by any non-regular starter and fifth-most overall on a defense that placed six members on NFL teams in 2011. His best game of the season came in a 14-13 Tiger victory over N.C. State that saw him total three tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack.
Clemson finished the year in the top 25 in scoring defense and total defense, the second straight year the Tigers could make that claim with Moore in the lineup.
The 2011 season presents a new challenge for Moore. He has been asked to fill the role as the starting defensive tackle vacated by Jenkins. Moore was immediately up to the challenge, working hard during spring practice to improve not only his strength, but also his technique in order to be successful as an “undersized” defensive tackle at 265 pounds.
“There’s a difference between Jarvis (Jenkins) at 310, 312, 322, 326, depending on what day you ask him, and Rennie at 265 after he drank two gallons of water,” said Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele. “On the flip-side of that, Rennie is very quick. He has a high motor and enjoys playing the game. He loves to compete. It gives him a chance.”
“Rennie has worked hard physically,” added Defensive Tackles Coach Dan Brooks. “He’s a solid 265 pounds and has continued to buy in as we’ve told him what we need him to do for us this year.
“He is a guy who’ll lay it on the line for you. The key for Rennie is consistency. That’s what we expressed to him in the spring and that’s what we’re looking for now…him becoming an every-day, every-down guy.”
Moore is ready for his opportunity to make Clemson football the best it can be, and also make his family back home in Saint Marys, GA proud. “My family has always been my inspiration. They push me to not only be the best football player I can be, but more importantly the best person I can be and to always chase my dreams.”
As Moore enters his final season in a Tiger uniform, his main goal is to leave a lasting impression at Clemson University. “I want to win a championship and be known as one of the most versatile defensive linemen in Clemson history.”
The Tigers are well on their way to accomplishing those goals thanks in large part to the efforts of Moore. As his Clemson career comes to an end this season, for Moore, one aspect on gamedays in Death Valley that he cherises is something that is near and dear to him.
“I love to run down the Hill. It is my most memorable experience at Clemson and it is like the first time, every time.”
As charismatic of a person that Moore is, it is no surprise to hear that after football, he has some lofty goals.
“I want to one day become the mayor of Camden County and give back. I want to help the people who have helped me become the person that I am today.”
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