RB Torch Passed to Moss

Tyrone Moss is ready to take over as the team's starting running back after serving two years as a back-up. Moss has rushed for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career and has a 4.6 yards per carry average.

Tyrone Moss is a 5-foot-9, 220-pound junior from Pompano Beach Ely where he rushed for than 7,000 yards in his career. He led Ely to the Florida Class 5A state championsip when he rushed for 2,313 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Now Moss looks to add to his collegiate rushing totals.

Moss takes over for Frank Gore as the primary back after Gore rushed for 945 yards and 8 touchdowns last season.

"I am excited for my role this season," Moss said. "The torch has been passed to me so I am excited to do what I can with it."

If given enough carries, Moss expects to become the eighth Hurricane in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.

In his career, when he has at least 18 carries in a game he has rushed for over 100 yards in two of the three games.

Last season Moss rushed for 445 yards on 102 carries (4.4 yards per carry) and six touchdowns.

Unfortunately for Moss he struggled against ACC competition. In eight ACC games, he rushed for 196 yards on 68 carries--averaging 2.9 yards per carry.

He has not had much success against in-state rival Florida State either rushing for 38 yards on 23 carries in three games.

But he is excited about facing the Seminoles, a team he liked growing up, in the season opener on September 5 in Tallahassee.

"Florida State is a big game and that is why we are preparing each day," Moss said. "A lot is on the line for that game and we will come out and do our best."

Moss reported to fall camp at 222 pounds, down from the 236 mark he was at last year. So far, he feels good with his new weight.

"I have been feeling good," Moss said. "My body is where it needs to be and I feel good. But I still have things I need to work on."

This fall Moss has been challeged by the defensive line going up against them every day in practice.

"The first-team defense makes it hard and tough every day," Moss said. "Pata, Orien, Baraka, and T.C.--those guys are amazing. When you see a hole you have to for it, you can't be hopping around waiting because they are so fast and quick. Running against those guys is hard and it just makes me better"

Yesterday was the last of three two-a-days scheduled this fall. Although the second practice was light, it was still a long day.

"Two-a-days are some long, hard days," Moss said. "We are just trying to come in and get as much done as possible. It is for the better having two-a-days so we can get a lot in. We have been getting a lot of accomplished."

Practice resumes today at 8:30 a.m.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer and Assistant Editor and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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