ESPN is the latest publication to recognize the talent of junior safety Trevon Moehrig, who may well need a bigger trophy case after the fall season.
Moehrig has been named to five preseason All-America teams this year and is on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award. With his bench of 400 pounds, squat of 600, power clean of 420 and vertical of 38 inches, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Moehrig also appears on Bruce Feldman’s College Football Freaks List.
A junior from Spring Branch, Texas, Moehrig was rated last year by Pro Football Focus as the nation’s top safety. PFF also graded him with the third-most valuable season in its college era.
A first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2019, Moehrig allowed just two of 17 contested targets to be caught and took part in a team-best seven takeaways. He was second on TCU with 62 tackles, four interceptions and 11 pass breakups while tying for the team lead with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Moehrig tied former TCU teammate and Minnesota Vikings’ first-round draft pick Jeff Gladney for second in the Big 12 and 14th nationally in passes defended at 1.25 per game.
Moehrig is one of seven Big 12 players on the 25 person roster, and joins defensive tackle Darius Stills of West Virginia on the defensive side of the ball. Running back Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State and tight end Charlie Kolar of Iowa State make it among the skill positions, and the offensive line features center Creed Humphrey of Oklahoma and Texas tackle Samuel Cosmi.
TCU Football was slated to begin their season Friday night against SMU, but the game was postponed due to COVID-related threshold issues. The Horned Frogs will now wait until September 26th to open the 2020 season, when Iowa State comes to town for a Big 12 Conference matchup.