Josh Kendall

Kendall’s Morning Meeting: Skai Moore nearing tackle milestone

gmelendez@thestate.com

Barring injury, South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore will become the first Gamecock to record 100 tackles or more tackles in a season since Jasper Brinkley did it in 2006.

Moore, who leads the team with 95 stops, probably will do it this week against The Citadel. It’s an outstanding accomplishment for the Florida native who is going to end up leading South Carolina in tackles for three straight seasons (becoming the first person to do that since Tony Watkins from 1992-94), and Moore is fourth in the SEC in tackles this year.

“It's certainly a huge, huge goal,” interim head coach Shawn Elliott said. “I think anybody on the defensive front - if you're a linemen or linebacker - you put that number out there. It's so hard to get to these days with the spread offenses and ball running from sideline to sideline. I think it's certainly a credit to his football play and what type of athlete he is that can cover the field and do the things he does in pass coverage. He makes plays all over the place, whether it's in the backfield, the right sideline, the left sideline or there in the middle of the field in a cover setting. He's done a tremendous job and it's a huge benchmark for him.”

It’s not quite the mark it was when Brinkley did it in 2006, though, because of how many more plays are now being run in college football games. In 2006, one team ran more than 80 plays per game and 14 ran more than 70 plays per game. This year, 17 teams are averaging more than 80 per game and 92 are averaging more than 70 per game.

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