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Michigan S Rod Moore coming back for senior season

The Ohio native is back for one more year.

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Matt Hartwell Matt covers all things Michigan football related for Maize n Brew and runs the social media accounts.

Michigan Wolverines safety Rod Moore has been a consistent contributor dating back to his freshman season. Now a two-year starter, Moore has accomplished a lot, but there is still work to be done.

Announced on social media on Monday afternoon, Moore is officially running it back for his senior season.

An Ohio native and three-star recruit in the 2021 class, Moore has appeared in 36 games so far with the Wolverines. He played in 11 games as a freshman, while serving as a starter in four of them.

Moore rose to prominence during his sophomore season in 2022 when he led all Michigan defensive backs in interceptions (four) — including the game-ending interception against Michigan State — and tackles (71). He also posted half a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and one quarterback hit to earn an All-Big Ten honorable mention.

Due to an injury last offseason, Moore was not able to take the field in 2023 until Week 5 against Rutgers. As the season progressed, so did his health and productivity — ultimately culminating in yet another rivalry game-winning interception, this time against Ohio State.

All in all, Moore finished the 2023 season with 38 tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions, three pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.

With Moore officially returning, the veteran safety solidifies a strong defensive backfield for the Wolverines in 2024 with star cornerback Will Johnson and safety Keon Sabb. It is still unclear as of this writing if Makari Paige will be back, but that would make the secondary even greater next season.