Ready For FSU

Tyrone Moss enters his sophomore season as the team's number two tailback. As a freshman in 2003 he rushed for 511 yards and five touchdowns. This year he looks to improve on those numbers. His quest begins Friday against Florida State.

Tyrone Moss has high goals for this season and has kept them to himself. Will he reach them? If he does, he will discuss the goals. You can bet he is looking to improve upon his performance in the Orange Bowl against Florida State after only rushing for 31 yards on 15 carries. Soon after he had the 2004 opener circled on his calendar because he wasn't thrilled with his game.

Fast-forward nine months and here we are. Moss is ready and the team is ready to face Florida State again. Both teams are ready to go and Moss knows the Seminoles will be bringing it.

"We know they are going to be motivated to come out and do the best that they can try to win the game," Moss said. "They practice just like we practice. We just are going to go out and play our game."

Miami has been working hard in the off-season to put together a strong 2004 campaign especially on the offensive side of the ball.

"We are coming along," Moss said. "Obviously we could be better because there are always things to get better at. We are going to be good this year. I think everyone all around was working hard to get better. The coaches tell us we can get better each and every day and I think guys really tried to do that by practicing hard."

Last year Moss got a small taste against Florida State—a team he grew up rooting for—in October by getting in on a few snaps. He talked about a big difference in the games against Florida State.

"When you play FSU you have a lot of talent on the field," said Moss.

Moss won't be doing the running by himself. Frank Gore is back from injury and hopefully he is able to return to form. The two have had a special bond since Moss arrived on campus last fall and despite the competitive nature of the position, have built good chemistry. Gore showed Moss the ropes and continues to help him.

"I learn things from him because he has been here longer than I have," Moss said. "He has a better feel for the offense than I do. I learn a lot from him by watching him play. When I first got here he basically taught me everything."

The friendly competitiveness drives both players to be better and know they can become a formidable duo in 2004.

"It is good," said Moss of sharing time with Gore. "I think it is real good. I think we are both going to do a good job."

In practice they often help each other despite their different running styles.

"Frank is a more shifty-type of runner than me," Moss said. "I am more of a power back, breaking tackles and things like that. Each and every day we practice we try to point out mistakes the other is making to help each other."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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