FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Matt Slauson remembers all of the pushing and shoving, and sometimes wanting to haul off and slug Ndamukong Suh.
As big men on opposites sides of the ball, that was how practices usually went during their years together at the University of Nebraska.
“I wouldn’t say me and Suh were best friends,” the New York Jets left guard said with a big grin. “There were times we got into fights, during spring ball, during camp, but I kind of fought everyone.”
So, Slauson would always come out on top, right?
“Of course,” Slauson said with a laugh. “Every one-on-one was me against Suh. Every Oklahoma drill, me against Suh. Everyday in practice, it was me against Suh.”
The next round comes Sunday when the Jets‘ offensive linemen take on Detroit’s sack-happy rookie defensive tackle.
Suh, the second overall draft pick in April, leads the team and NFL rookies with 6 1/2 sacks and has at least one in five of his seven games, including two last week against Washington. He also returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown, had an interception earlier this season and is proving to be a matchup headache for offenses.
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson is similarly impressed.
“He can cause a lot of havoc,” he said. “Just his presence, he’s someone you have to look out for. We all know what he did in college, but he’s starting to make his name in the National Football League.”
“Of course you look forward to playing the best guys, the guys in this league that people consider to be top-tier guy,” Moore said. “You think you’re pretty good, so to be able to go up against those guys and challenge yourself and see how you perform against those guys is definitely something you look forward to.”
Moore has quietly carved himself a terrific career since being signed as an undrafted free agent _ a converted defensive tackle _ in 2002 and being a consistent but quiet presence on the touted line of the Jets (5-2).
“When you come in at this level, this is a man’s game here,” Ryan said. “(Suh) is going against men and he’s still doing a great job. With this matchup this week, I think Brandon Moore is the finest guard in football, so this is going to be a great matchup to watch with those two.”
Moore has spent plenty of time this week watching Suh on film, studying his moves and tendencies.