Fills an extremely valuable role as the utilityman of the Wildcat defensive backfield ... Can play any position in the secondary and also contributes as a nickelback and on special teams ... Contends for the ball well and has an interception in each of his three seasons ... Recorded seven tackles and an interception against South Carolina in his career-best game in 2006 ... Has played in 36 games, starting eight ... Has completed his degree in family and consumer sciences; will add a second major or begin working on a master's degree in the fall.
2007 (Junior): Played in all 13 games, starting three times ... Had 20 tackles on the season, with a high of six tackles in a starting assignment in the Music City Bowl ... Hauled in an interception at Georgia with a difficult contested catch ... Broke up a potential touchdown catch in the game against South Carolina, and also recorded a tackle for loss ... Studied his way onto the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2006 (Sophomore): Started three games when the Wildcats opened in a nickel defense ... Had the best game of his career vs. South Carolina, recording a career-high seven tackles and swiping an interception ... Totaled 20 tackles, including a quarterback sack on a blitz vs. Texas State.
2005 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 11 games ... Drew two starting assignments ... Totaled 24 tackles, including a high of six stops vs. Florida ... Got his first collegiate interception in the win over Idaho State ... Broke up three passes and recovered a fumble during the season ... Named Freshman All-SEC by the league coaches.
2004 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Versatile, speedy athlete who could play offense or defense on the collegiate level ... Three-year starter at Camden (N. J.) HS, playing running back and cornerback ... First-team all-state as a junior and senior in Group III (second-largest classification) ... Second-team All-South Jersey, covering all classifications, as a junior and senior ... Two-year pick on the all-conference team ... Rushed for approximately 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior ... Made 38 tackles along with seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown ... Returned a punt for a TD ... Also went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark his junior year, scoring 12 TDs ... Had two kickoff returns for scores ... Intercepted four passes his junior year and totaled 13 pickoffs during his career ... Coached by Mark Pease ... "Shomari has outstanding speed and great hands and jumping ability," Pease said. "He has a tremendous attitude and is a coach-on-the-field type of player." ... Three-year starter in basketball, helping lead his team to the Group III state championship his junior year ... Also a second-team All-South Jersey pick in hoops ... Overall athletic and academic ability is shown by the fact that he was named the 2004 Olympic Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Honor roll student and a member of the student government ... Shomari chose UK over Memphis, Iowa, Minnesota, and Purdue.
Personal: Name is pronounced "sho-MAR-ee" ... Born in Camden, N. J. ... Son of Anna Moore ... A cousin, Dajuan Wagner, played for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers ... Another cousin, Arthur Barclay, played basketball for the University of Memphis ... Major is family and consumer sciences.
The Cats' Cause: Participated in service events at the UK Children's Hospital, with Special Olympics (2004) and at Hayes Middle School (2008).
Moore Career Statistics Year Position G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. Int.-Yds. PBU FR 2005 Cornerback 11-2 24 0.5-1 1-6 3 1 2006 Cornerback 12-3 20 1-8 1-0 0 0 2007 Cornerback 13-3 20 1-2 1-0 2 0 Totals 36-8 64 2.5-11 3-6 5 1