Here’s a transcript from Denarius Moore, during his media session at the NFL scouting combine:
Q: What do you want to show team's who may not know a lot about you at this year's rookie combine?
Moore: I wan't to show them that i am just as good as who ever they might have rated higher than me. I hit my mark on the bench press, 13 reps of 225lbs, and I'm hoping to run at least a 4.3 / 4.4 40.
Q: Do you see yourself as a sleeper in this year's draft class ?
Moore: Well, i guess you could say that, The way I look at it is, if they doubt me, i'm just gonna work that much harder, & if I surprise them, then great.. No matter what happens, I'm gonna approach it like i do every game & come in here and give it all i got.
Q: How would you rate your college career?
Moore: It was a little shaky in the beginning, but it picked up quite a bit heading into my senior season. You haven't seen me at my best yet, so stay tuned.
Q: Why do you think your collegiate career got off to such a slow start?
Moore: All the different quarterback situation's i think, the coaches not trusting the players and then the players not trusting the coaches. It was real tough, some ups and downs, and a new receivers coach every year. They come in and pretty much know nothing about you. They can watch film and stuff but they don’t know your personality or how you approach the game week end and week out.
Q: It took off for you and the Vols when QB Tyler Bray broke into the starting lineup huh?. . .
Moore: Yeah, of course, Tyler Bray had a lot to do with it, he was the one throwing the ball to me in the end. The timing between Ty and myself was almost instant. .
Q: Who do you pattern your game after?
Moore: I don’t really pattern my game after anybody else, I just go out there and do what i do, my play on the feel speaks for itself, i think. But if I had to name somebody, I would have to say either Andre Johnson or Jeremy Maclin. They are both physical receivers, who can run after the catch.
Q: Where do you think you’ll be picked in this years draft?
Moore: The last I heard, somewhere around the third round or maybe late second, but then again who know's, the draft can be very unpredictable. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
Q: When it was time for your team to show up in big games you seemed to step up your level of play.....
Yeah, it was just us coming in and putting a game plan together to see what the other team's weaknesses were and using it to our advantage. Double-moves, go routes, getting them biting on short routes plus Tyler trusting in me to make the plays.
Career: Moore started 20 of 52 games at Tennessee...Ranks 12th in school history with 112 receptions...His 2,004 receiving yards rank seventh on the UT career-record chart...His 18 touchdown catches rank fifth in Tennessee annals...His 981 yards receiving in 2010 rank seventh on the school season-record chart...Sixth player in school history to gain 200 yards receiving in a game and the only Volunteer to accomplish that feat twice in a season and career (205 yards vs. Kentucky; 228 yards vs. South Carolina in 2010)...His 205 yards rank fifth on the Tennessee game-record list and his 228 yards rank second all-time...Moore tied a school career-record by playing in 52 games.
2010: All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...Started all 13 games at split end...Finished second on the team with 47 receptions...His 981 receiving yards (20.87 avg.) rank seventh on the school season-record list...Nine of his catches were for touchdowns...Had a pair of 200-yard performances (205 vs. Kentucky and 228 vs. South Carolina), becoming the only player in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks to accomplish that feat in 2010...His 228 yards tied for second and his 205 yards rank fifth on the school game-record chart...Set the school season and career records for most 200-yard receiving performances...Had 17 catches of at least 20 yards, with 12 of at least30 yards...Became the first Volunteer since Joey Kent in 1995 to have at least one touchdown reception in five consecutive games...His 20.87 yards per reception ranked second in the nation...Added 82 yards and one TD on seven carries (11.7 avg.), returned five kickoffs for 84 yards (16.8 avg.)...Finished with 1,147 all-purpose yards (88.23 yards per game).
2009: Appeared in 13 games, starting seven contests at flanker...Finished second on the team with 40 receptions for 540 yards (13.50 avg.) with seven touchdowns...Rushed three times for 23 yards (7.7 avg).
2008: Moore appeared in 12 games as a reserve split end...Caught 11 passes for 271 yards (24.64 avg.) with two touchdowns...His 63-yard reception vs. Kentucky was the longest reception by a Volunteer in 2008...Gained 49 yards on two kickoff returns (24.5 avg.).
2007: Freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection by the league's coaches...Appeared in all 14 games as a reserve slot receiver...Caught 14 passes for 212 yards (15.14 avg.)...Returned four kickoffs for 87 yards, including a long of 31 yards vs. California...Recorded two solo tackles.
High School: Attended Tatum (Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Andy Evans...Prep Star All-American selection...Twice named Class 2A Texas Sportswriters Association first-team All-State as a kick returner, adding second-team Reebok Super Team honors as defensive back...The two-time All-District choice was rate the 34th-best overall athlete in the country and ranked 40th on the Rivals.com Texas Top 100 list as a three-star prospect...As a junior, Moore caught 27 passes for 423 yards (15.6 avg.) with eight touchdowns...Gained 287 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries (13.0 avg.)...During his senior season, collected 32 receptions for 501 yards (15.65 avg.) and rushed 27 times for 200 yards...Competed in track and set the record en route to winning the Texas state championship in the 110-meter hurdles (13,73) as a junior in 2006...Was the starting point guard on basketball team and averaged 20.1 points per game.
Personal: Criminal Justice major...Born Denarius Earl Moore on 12/09/88...Resides in Tatum, Texas.