Countdown to Kickoff: 41 days away with linebacker Austin Moore

Leading up to the start of K-State's 2021 football season, the Collegian takes a look at what to expect and highlights every player on the roster. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

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Kansas State football kicks off the 2021 season against Stanford at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 4. With just 41 days to go, the Collegian looks at No. 41 on the roster Austin Moore.

Austin Moore is a 6 foot, 214-pound sophomore linebacker out of Louisburg, Kansas. Redshirting his freshman season in 2019, Moore made his presence known this past season on special teams and as a reserve linebacker.

Playing in seven games in 2020, Moore totaled four tackles on the defensive side of the ball, recording all three of his solo tackles against a team he used to root for before coming to K-State — KU.

Moore not only got the job done on the field last year but was also one of just 13 players in the Big 12 to obtain a 4.0 GPA and earn first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors. Moore is currently majoring in kinesiology at K-State.

Moore received two team honors this offseason, both of them the week of Feb. 15. The first being the Committed Core Value Award and the second the Prizefighter of the Week Award.

As a player for the Louisburg Wildcats in high school, Moore was a serious threat on both sides of the ball, playing at the running back and linebacker positions. Earning three-league honors as a linebacker while at Louisburg, Moore was a first-team all-state recipient his senior year because of his play at the running back position, rushing for 3,021 yards in his career.

As a linebacker, Moore finished his high school career with 226 tackles —17 of those being tackles for loss — while also forcing five fumbles. Moore was also a star wrestler at Louisburg, finishing fourth at state in 2019 while qualifying for state three times in high school.

Moore officially committed to K-State as a preferred walk-on on Feb. 5, 2019.

After his strong performance in 2020, there was plenty of hype over Moore during spring practice this year.

“I know you all know about him, but Austin Moore is a young man [who is] making a strong push,” linebackers coach Steve Stanard said at a spring press conference earlier this year.

Whether or not the hype from the spring will transfer over into the fall has yet to be determined. The Wildcat community will know for sure once the season kicks off on Sept. 4.

Hey! I’m Cameron Bradley and I am the sports editor for the Collegian! I am a junior from Wichita, Kansas, and I am majoring in journalism. When I’m not working for the Collegian, I’m creating content and putting on broadcasts with K-StateHD.TV. I am also currently a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. I love sports, spending time with friends, family and doing everything that I do for the glory of God!