Rahim Moore named Sporting News First-Team All-American

From UCLA:

UCLA junior free safety Rahim Moore has been named a first-team All-American by Sporting News magazine. Sporting News is one of the five All-American teams used by the NCAA.

Moore has made 14 interceptions in his three-year career, tied for No. 4 in school history. During the 2010 season, Moore ranked third on the team this season with 77 tackles. He made a nation-leading 10 interceptions in 2009.

Earlier this week, Moore was named a third-team selection by Associated Press. Outside linebacker Akeem Ayers, a second-team Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American, was also selected to AP’s third unit.

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  • rejn

    you’ve got to be kidding…

  • RC3UCLA

    Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about UCLA. I love my BRUINS! And, for the record, I am as much a Rahim Moore fan as anyone, but to have selected him to ANY All-American team is a travesty to another player more deserving…

  • Martin

    WTF do these sports writers actually watch the games? He was by far one of our weakest links. Hope he leaves so we can make room for a real stud, Riley.

  • robear20

    Wow! This is obviously based on his reputation and performance from last year.

    Moore was painfully (to BRUIN fans) ineffective this year and gave up MANY big plays that resulted in touchdowns. He was out of position, a few steps slow and run over more than a few times this year.

    Moore is a very good player, but he did not show up this year and he REALLY needs to put in the work this off season. If he thinks he will go pro and make a team based on this years performance he is sorely mistaken.

    GO BRUINS!!!

  • woot!

    nice guy, but was non-existent this year. this must be a joke

  • http://www.fathersrightsinc.com Mikey Likes It!

    I agree! You’ve got to be kidding? He (and Akeem) needs to come back for his senior season and redeem himself BIG TIME! In NO WAY did he have an ALL AMERICAN season!!!!

  • BruinFaithful

    Visions of Rahim Moore being juked and stiff armed multiple times this season and being knocked out and concussed by a TE last year on a PF no less.

    This kid is WAY too small in stature and WAY too big in the mouth to be ready for prime time. I almost wish he would leave, as I think Dietrich Riley is a much better FB player anyway. That kid can lay some F’n hits. I’ll take Riley’s power game over Moore’s finesse game anyday. This program needs more players like Riley and Zumwalt. Physical kids who play with RECKLESS ABANDON!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Moore had 80 tckls,dye had 96,that’s a testament to how bad the dine and lbs were this year,no pass rush no picks.

  • Anonymous

    Wow!Way to support your players bruin fans,other schools fans,and coaches don’t diss their own.Recruits remember how players are treated by fans,what recruit wants to come to Ucla and be dissed by their own fans.

  • Cliff

    Very odd. Moore had a subpar year.

  • BruinFaithful

    Anon:

    Is this Mike Gundy?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoMmbUmKN0E

    Your tirades are getting old.

    This is SPORTS, not a Dale Carnegie convention. Go over to Wolfie’s Blog and see if they don’t talk trash about their own? EVERY sports’ fan criticizes their own. Criticism is good, it’s how we get better. If we have the stones. If not, then we don’t deserve to play a man’s game anyway. If Moore is a man, he will take the criticism and improve.

    If you think the College game is tough, maybe you should pay attention to what happens in the NFL. Give me your playbook, thank you, and goodbye. They need to become well acquainted with that reality. Because afterall, all these guys are here to achieve their dream of playing in the NFL right? Even the Academic All American’s would rather make a living playing FB than sitting behind a desk.No?

    I don’t think anybody here said anything that wasn’t true. I think even Rahim would agree that he had a sub par season.

  • AJTovar

    It’s true that Moore is probably not deserving of this honor but it’s not because he had a bad year. He actually played very well this year and was fantastic in run support. No he didn’t have as many picks but that has more to do with the lack of highly skilled CB’s (like Alterraun). Anyway, next year, if he returns, Rahim will have his best season as a Bruin but he still won’t get 10 picks.

  • Martin

    The excuse that Moore sucked because of a weak pass rush falls on deaf ears or rather shows how far lacking in skill Moore is when you compare him to Eric Berry and other truly great safeties. Berry, year in and year out regardless of how UT was doing, was creating havoc and making plays. Rahim, not so much. He just wasn’t that good without supporting help around him a la ATV and Brice. I really do hope he leaves so at least we can get Riley more reps. Dye actually played better than Moore this year.

  • Rahim Moore’s Conscience

    “Considering I wasn’t even the best Safety on the team, I will quote a remark made by American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1971. I hereby state, and mean all that I say, that I should not be a candidate for All-American; that if nominated by any NCAA approved organization, I should peremptorily decline; and even if unanimously chosen I should decline the honor.”

  • BruinFaithful

    AJTovar:

    “He actually played very well this year and was fantastic in run support.”

    How many games did you watch this year? Do I need to put up some YouTube videos? He was ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE in run suppport. He consistently got beat in the open field on both pass plays and runs, usually up the middle for LONG yards and/ or TD’s. In these plays he was out of position or got caught flat footed, waiting for the opposing player to come to him, instead of rushing to meet the player. As a result, he was either juked by a simple one step inside fake and/or stiff armed, which usually resulted in a TD or a very LONG play and usually on 3rd down. Additionally, he was often bowled over at the goal line or beaten in pass coverage on slants in the end zone.

    I’m not trying to get down on Rahim. I’m just trying to be real. He is a great athlete and Bruin. I’m sure I could make the same criticisms about many Defensive players this year, but we are not talking about them. As a 3rd year pre-season All-American starting player, he left much to be desired on the field and locker room.

    He also played MUCH smaller than his listed weight of 196lbs. I doubt he is anywhere near that. He really needs to get another good year in the weight room and put on a legit 10-15 lbs. of muscle and rededicate himself as a leader and consistent player.

    Whatever he decides, I will always root for him and wish him the best. I just honestly do not feel he is ready for the NFL physically or mentally at this point. He seemed very frustrated this year.