Former UConn star Sio Moore has standout first week with Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Sio Moore (55) on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

(WTNH)–Sio Moore loves football.

The former UConn standout linebacker demonstrated that when he was in our News 8 studios, taking us through mock drills and breaking down what he does on a particular play step-by-step.

No one really asked him to do that. He just broke into it. And for the next 30 or so minutes, we were at Sio Moore Football Camp. We asked him about how to defend the run, drop back in pass coverage, what he’s looking for from the offense, and even how he works out and what he eats each day.

Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (25) breaks the tackle of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Sio Moore (55) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Moore was listed as one of the bright spots for the Colts in Week 1, despite the team’s 39-35 loss to the Detroit Lions. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

It was awesome.

Now, after three up-and-down years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and now the Indianapolis Colts, it appears football is beginning to love him back.

Moore finished with 13 tackles (10 solo, three assisted) in the Colts’ 39-35 loss to the Lions on Sunday. Though Indy’s defense let it down in a big way late in the game, Moore was a standout.

The Indianapolis Star singled him out as their No. 1 “thumbs up” from the game.

“It would seem counterintuitive to think there could actually be a defensive bright spot in a game in which the unit was thoroughly embarassed. But Moore’s performance was obviously outstanding in a sea of wretchedness,” the Star’s Stephen Holder wrote.

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2009 file photo, Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore (46) carries the jersey of Jasper Howard (6) after Connecticut defeated Notre Dame 33-30 in double overtime in an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, marks the one-year anniversary of Howard's stabbing death on the University of Connecticut campus. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 21, 2009 file photo, Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore (46) carries the jersey of Jasper Howard (6) after Connecticut defeated Notre Dame 33-30 in double overtime in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

OK, we’ll take it…

“It’s not just the 13 total tackles he registered (10 of which were solo stops). It’s the fact that Moore was all over the field, making plays from sideline to sideline and doing his best to defend the Lions’ wildly successful short passing game.”

Moore definitely has the passion, physique and intelligence to become one of the league’s best linebackers. It shouldn’t be a surprise either, given the success of some other former UConn defensive players in the NFL.

“I think when you look at every player that’s come from UConn during that time, everything they’ve gotten is earned,” Moore told us for a story we did on Panthers safety Reggie McClain before the Super Bowl last year. “Everybody counted you out at some point. All the big schools counted you out.”

Nobody’s counting out Sio Moore now.

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