We knew this was coming, but that doesn’t mean it can’t hurt a little bit, still.
One of the best players to ever suit up for Gary Patterson’s defense — and, I would argue one of the very best people — Trevon Moehrig has elected to forgo his final season of eligibility and prepare for the NFL Draft.
Moehrig began rocketing up the draft boards early in his sophomore season, a year that would see him finish as Pro Football Focus’ top-rated safety of the year. He finished the Frogs’ campaign with 62 tackles (up from 16 as a freshman), four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 15 PBUs. He was given All-Big 12 honors from both the conference and the AP for his efforts.
Somehow, he was even better in 2020, as his reputation nationally continued to grow. After recording 47 tackles, 11 PBUs, and two interceptions in 2020 — in just ten games — Moehrig made just about every postseason awards list there is, including First-Team All-Big 12 for the second consecutive season, receiving All-America honors from the Associated Press, Sporting News, AFCA, and ESPN, and being named a second-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. Additionally, he is one of three finalists for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive back,
The junior from Spring Branch, Texas, ranks among the national leaders at 1.1 passes defended per game (two interceptions, nine pass breakups). His 11 passes defended trail only teammate Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson (13) in the Big 12. He placed third on the Horned Frogs with 47 tackles, including 2.0 for loss.
Moehrig took part in nine takeaways over the last two seasons which is tied for second in the FBS.
Now he begins preparations for the NFL Draft, where several pundits have him as a potential first round pick. On ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr’s most recent Big Board, Moehrig is rated as the #21 overall prospect in the 2021 draft and the top ranked safety. Of Moehrig, Kiper says:
Moehrig stood out on the 2019 tape because he was always around the football. He had four interceptions, 11 pass breakups and 76 tackles and forced two fumbles. He has two more picks this season, including this one-handed grab. TCU coach Gary Patterson knows how to coach up his defense and he found a star in Moehrig, who has some potential as a ball hawk. Moehrig is still growing into his 6-2 frame, but he’s my top-ranked safety in this class.
Trevon was one of the best interviews in the program, lighting up press conferences with his infectious smile and constant positive energy. Whether it was after his breakout game in the victory at Purdue or after a hard-fought loss, he was always gracious, kind, and there to promote and pick up his teammates. He is going to be an absolute superstar at the next level, but we sure are going to miss him in Fort Worth.
Good luck, Tre. You have made us all proud for who you are on and off the field for the last three years and will continue to do so for many more.