2010's New Stars - Nevada DE Dontay Moch
Nevada DE Dontay Moch
Nevada DE Dontay Moch
Posted Mar 30, 2010

Who are the top players you need to know about going into 2010? Richard Cirminiello profiles Nevada DE Dontay Moch.

Spring Preview 2010

The Players You Need To Know

Dontay Moch, DE Nevada

By Richard Cirminiello

12 New Superstars You Must Know About
- Boston College LB Luke Kuechly
- Connecticut RB Jordan Todman
- Iowa S Tyler Sash
- Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas
- Houston WR James Cleveland
- Navy QB Ricky Dobbs
- Temple RB Bernard Pierce
- TCU LB Tank Carder
- California RB Shane Vereen
- Kentucky WR Randall Cobb
- North Texas RB Lance Dunbar 

Who is Dontay Moch? … When Moch arrived in Reno by way of Arizona four years ago, he was a one-dimensional speed guy. Period. Very fast, but very limited. To the credit of the senior and the coaches that have worked with him, that's changed dramatically over the last two seasons.

With some added weight and a whole lot of work in the offseason, Moch has quietly blossomed into one of the nation's most disruptive edge rushers. Yeah, he's only 6-1 and 245 pounds, but underestimating him would be a fatal error. A blur off the snap, he's also surprisingly strong at the point of contact, and will use his size to get underneath the pads of a tackle. The result? Loads of tackles behind the line of scrimmage and enough pressures to force quarterbacks out of their rhythm. As a sophomore, the converted linebacker had 17.5 stops for loss and a league-best 11.5 sacks. As a junior, he delivered another 20 and 6.5, respectively, to cop WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

If Moch plays in the NFL in 2011, it'll likely be as an outside linebacker. For now, however, he's an ideal fit in a 4-3 defense that covets speed over size. The upcoming season will present a unique challenge for No. 55. All of his college success has occurred with the equally oppressive Kevin Basped on the opposite side of the line. Well, Basped has left early for the pros and broken up this chaotic tandem, meaning Moch will be fed a steady diet of double-teams in the fall.

Dontay Moch's best game so far was … the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl versus Maryland. Yeah, Moch has had better statistical games during his Wolf Pack career, but the fact that he abused an ACC offensive line was a louder statement of his ability. The defensive star in a losing cause, he had five solo tackles, a pair of sacks, and a couple of forced fumbles, harassing Terrapin QB Chris Turner throughout the afternoon.

Why should you care about Dontay Moch? … The reigning WAC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time all-star, Moch is evidence that they do indeed play some defense in Reno. A true playmaker from the end spot, he possesses all of the athleticism of some receivers and backs, commanding constant attention from opposing linemen. A bundle of energy, who's had a tackle for loss in 19 of the last 26 games, he has one final year to show scouts he belongs in the NFL.

Positives about Dontay Moch … He has outstanding get-off and is one of the fastest defensive ends in the country. Being quick off the snap and even quicker around the turn has allowed him to establish squatter's right in opposing backfields over the past two years. Oh, and don't be fooled by his modest frame. He's much stronger than he appears, has a tremendous motor, and generally plays substantially bigger than his size.

Negatives about Dontay Moch … Although he's tough at the point of attack and hardly a pushover, at 6-1 and 245 pounds, Moch gives away a lot of weight in run defense to opposing tackles. When run directly at, he's prone to occasionally getting engulfed by a 300-pounder. He also needs to continue honing his pass rush technique and get better with his hands, leaning a little less on just pure speed to get around the edge.

A cool thing about Dontay Moch you probably didn't know … A late bloomer in high school, Moch was actually an undersized defensive back at the beginning of his junior year before morphing into a pass rusher. He was also an Arizona state champion sprinter in the 100 and 200 meters at Hamilton High School, when he was still south of 200 pounds.

Career Statistics
2008: 50 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles
2009: 61 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles