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Texas DT leaving for the draft

In a somewhat unexpected move, Texas has lost a member of its 2012 defensive line rotation to the professional ranks.

The Longhorns announced Friday night that defensive tackle Brandon Moore has decided to forego any remaining eligibility for early entry into the NFL draft.

“I want to thank Coach (Mack) Brown, Coach (Bo) Davis and everyone at Texas,” Moore said. “I enjoyed my time and really appreciate the opportunity I had to play for the Longhorns, but my lifelong dream has been to play in the NFL and to have a chance to support my family. I’ll definitely miss everyone at Texas and will always pull for the Longhorns, but I’m ready to put all of my energy into preparing for my future and getting ready to work out for NFL scouts.”

Moore played just one season at UT after transferring from the JUCO ranks, starting five of the 12 games in which he played. In his lone season, Moore ranked fifth on the team with eight tackles for loss and tied for third with six QB pressures, while also recording 18 tackles and two sacks.

Wide receiver Mike Davisflip-flops notwithstanding, Moore is the first Longhorn to make the early NFL leap this year.