Norcross’ Kevin Mouhon. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
Football Super Six - Norcross' Kevin Mouhon
Norcross' Kevin Mouhon has been selected as one of the Daily Post's football Super Six.
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THE MOUHON FILE
Name: Kevin Mouhon
School: Norcross High School
Weight: 230 pounds
College choice: Tennessee
Nickname: Moo Moo
Place of birth: Atlanta
Role model: Older brother Silverberry Mouhon
Favorite restaurant: Hibachi
Favorite store: Nike
Favorite teacher: Philip Belfrom
Favorite subject: Anatomy
Number of text message I send a month: 400
Twitter handle: @Kmoomoo48
Life’s dream: Making it to the NFL
Info file: Moved from defensive end to linebacker last year and flourished with 152 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions. ESPN.com ranks him as the No. 27 player in Georgia and No. 2 inside linebacker in the state and No. 12 in the country. Has been selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American game after the season.
Coach Keith Maloof’s take: “He’s grown into the (linebacker) position. We had to make some moves to get our best people on the field. He moved to linebacker and he’s handled it really well.”
Editor's Note: This is the second of the GDP football Super Six. We'll run them in six consecutive print edition's of the newspaper.
Kevin Mouhon was all set for a breakout year on the defensive line last season. As a sophomore, he rotated at defensive end, but now it was going to be his year.
That was until Lorenzo Carter moved to Norcross. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Carter is one of the nation’s most heavily recruited defensive ends. That transfer forced Mouhon to change positions. A switch like that, especially right before the season, can sometimes mean disaster.
But it has turned out to be a change of good fortune for Mouhon. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder moved to inside linebacker, where he has emerged as one of the nation’s top players.
“He’s grown into the position,” Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. “We had to make some moves to get our best people on the field. He moved to linebacker and he’s handled it really well.”
The initial thought of the position change didn’t sit too easily with Mouhon.
“At first, I wasn’t for it. I love the defensive line,” Mouhon said. “But coach told me it would be better to move to linebacker to get recruited. I’m glad (Carter) came to help the team and help me.”
After just one season at linebacker for Norcross, where he recorded 152 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions, Mouhon received more than a dozen Division I-BCS scholarship offers. They ranged from Ohio State, Nebraska, Florida State, Auburn and Cincinnati, where his older brother Silverberry plays defensive line. Mouhon chose Tennessee, the first school that offered him, last month.
“I already knew I was going to be a Tennessee Vol after first visiting Tennessee,” Mouhon said. “I believe Tennessee is going to change in the next couple of years and I’m going to be part of it.”
ESPN.com ranks Mouhon as the No. 27 player in Georgia, the No. 2 inside linebacker in the state and No. 12 in the country. He’s been selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American game after the season. Had he stayed at defensive end, he likely would not have been recruited by major Division I schools.
“Everything happens for a reason. I’m glad I'm a linebacker, I love it,” Mouhon said. “The recruiting process now is crazy because of it.”
It didn’t take long for Mouhon to adjust to linebacker. In his first game at the new position, he recorded 11 tackles, one for loss, one sack and a pass breakup. The next game he had 18 tackles against Parkview.
“I was already athletic enough to do it, so it wasn’t that hard,” Mouhon said. “It was just adjusting to read the quarterback and running back.”
Mouhon had one of his best games against defending Region 7 champion North Gwinnett. He intercepted a pass and returned it 87 yards for a touchdown to help lead the Blue Devils to victory.
“‘Gamer,’ that is how I defined Kevin to the selection committee when his name came up for discussion,” said Erik Richards, the National Scouting Director for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. “(He) takes B gap to B gap completely away from opposing teams. Very dangerous player on special teams because he gains so much steam for his size.”
Mouhon continued to come up with double-digit tackles week after week. He continued to have big games like against South Gwinnett in the playoffs, when he had two sacks and intercepted a pass that he returned 60 yards. In the state finals, he helped shut down Travis Custis, one of the state’s top running backs, to help Norcross win the Class AAAAAA state title.
“We’re just trying to repeat. We’re trying not to get complacent,” Mouhon said. “We’re just trying to take it day-by-day. Everyone is expecting big things from us and we have to show them why we were state champs last year.”
A national audience will get to see Norcross and Mouhon and his new position in action on TV. The Blue Devils open their title defense against Florida state champion Booker T. Washington on Aug. 24 on ESPN.
“We’re not trying to let all that get to us,” Mouhon said. “It just sets the bar higher for everybody.”
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