Tech will start new cornerback against Mississippi

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas Tech sophomore cornerback LaRon Moore will get his first career start for the Red Raiders Friday in the AT&T Cotton Bowl against Mississippi, Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Moore will become Tech's third starter this season at right cornerback -- a position where Brent Nickerson had nine starts during the season and converted wide receiver L.A. Reed got three starts.

Reed has struggled with an undisclosed injury for the last several games. And McNeill said that Moore has shown enough in practice to receive a shot at the starting position.

"When he got his opportunity in games, he made plays," McNeill told the Avalanche-Journal. "I would say that was the final [consideration]. He made a bunch of plays in practice. For two weeks, he's done a real solid job for us."

Moore has played in 11 games this season, notching nine tackles and one pass breakup. He will be challenged by Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead who passed for 11 TDs and was intercepted only once over the Rebels' last four games.

Snead said he's been impressed with what he's seen in the Red Raiders' defense in his film study.

"They have a lot of athletes on the field and they play well together," Snead said. "They're a solid defense and they're really underrated. They move well and make a bunch of big plays. Everybody talks about their offense, but their defense is pretty good, too."