Boston College Football 2014: Malachi Moore, DE


Boston College Eagles sophomore defensive end Malachi Moore did not get to have a 2013 season; will he make up for lost time in 2014?

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Boston College’s New Jersey pipeline was functioning properly when it helped get Moore to the Heights. As a freshman at Pope John XXIII Regional High School, the same school attended by teammate Noa Merritt, multi-sport athlete Malachi Moore was an all-regional and all-state defensive end.

Like a number of other defensive ends on the Eagles roster, Moore earned recognition for his pass-rushing skills; as a senior, he had 14 sacks in eleven games.

As was the case for a number of players coming onto the Eagles roster during that time, Moore played right away as a true freshman in 2012. That season may have been a total loss from a number of different perspectives, but for Moore, the only year that would be a complete wipeout would be his second.

Prior to the start of the 2013 season, we learned that Moore had an “undisclosed” injury. Late in August, only a week and a half before the season opener against Villanova, Steve Addazio announced that Malachi Moore’s 2013 was over before it started.

The good news here is that there’s nowhere to go but up.

Malachi Moore #87: Fast Facts

  • Position: Defensive end
  • Hometown: Hackettstown, New Jersey
  • High School: Pope John XXIII Regional High School, Sparta, NJ
  • Measurements: 6-foot-7, 269 lb.
  • Class year at 2014 opener: Sophomore (redshirt)
  • BC games played: 6

Malachi Moore #87: 2013 Season

  • Missed entire 2013 season due to injury
  • Appeared on Spring 2014 roster

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Nothing would seem to be more disheartening to an athlete from an on-the-field perspective than to be dealt a setback such as this. It is difficult not to feel bad for Moore, as he never got the chance to help his team last year.

He can, however, come through for the team in 2014, and the defensive line needs him. Building reliable depth at defensive end is going to be crucial and it may well be an “all hands on deck” situation. Addazio noted in his spring press conference that Moore is “back in the swing” of things and ready to help.

Assuming he is healthy and returned to form, expect Moore to get considerable playing time in 2014. He might not be starting, but he will get snaps.

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