Michigan football EDGE Derrick Moore has lost 20 pounds and is poised for a huge season in 2023 for the Wolverines.
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan football have scored some elite recruiting wins over the past few years, but one of the most underrated, at least right now, is Derrick Moore.
It wasn’t an underrated addition at the time. The four-star EDGE and top-100 recruit flipped from Oklahoma after a late coaching change opened the door for the Wolverines.
And outside of Will Johnson, Moore could prove to be the most impactful signee for the Wolverines in the entire 2022 class.
At 6-foot-3, 258 pounds, Moore is a man amongst boys and on Friday, he told reporters that he has shredded 20 pounds of bad weight.
That should make Moore even better this season and after a freshman campaign that saw him notch two sacks, two hurries, and a pass breakup, that’s a really good sign for the Wolverines.
Derrick Moore is poised for breakout season
The Michigan football sophomore just said he feels better this season and more ready to contribute (via The Wolverine):
"“I feel way better,” Moore said. “I feel quicker, faster, more twitchy, more explosive. I don’t feel (weaker or) anything, I just feel way, way better than I felt in the last year. Going into camp, I’m setting up my rush stuff. I’ll bull rush, and then I’ll play off-speed with it. So I’ve been just trying to like set all my pass rushes. Especially having the guys that I have in my room — I’m the youngest edge guy in my room — having guys like Jaylen Harrell, Braiden McGregor, Josaiah Stewart, just having those guys in my ears telling me, ‘you need to do this, you need to do that, you need to do that’ … how to set up and game plan my pass rushes. Having those guys has been helping and just working for me.”"
The Wolverines are deep at EDGE. Braiden McGregor, Jaylen Harrell, and Josaiah Stewart are all going to get plenty of snaps.
But it shouldn’t shock anyone if, by the end of the 2023 season, Derrick Moore leads Michigan football in sacks. His talent jumps off the screen, at least it did last year and now that he’s transformed his body, you can just imagine his future.
Michigan’s pass rush was good last year and it will be good again this year. But the Wolverines didn’t have a truly elite EDGE last season and Moore could be that guy in 2023.