Tyrone Moss Updates His Status

Running back Tyrone Moss rushed for 701 yards and 12 touchdowns last season before suffering a torn ACL against Virginia Tech on November 5.

Tyrone Moss is not participating in spring practice, but is doing well with his recovery.

"Things are going good with rehab," said Moss. "I am doing a little more running which is good."

Moss says his knee, "feels good" and he is "still trying to get stronger and still has some work to do."

Tyrone expects to be at full speed in one month, which would put him on schedule to be ready for fall practices and start the season opener against Florida State on September 4.

The September 4 date would be 10 months from suffering the torn ACL in early November a year ago.

Rehab and getting back to 100 percent is always tough on any athlete regardless of the sport or age.

"I think it is hard once you get hurt especially at my position," Moss said. "It took me a while to get back on track because I lost complete focus after the injury. But now I am doing good. You just have to put it behind you and move on."

Prior to the injury Moss rushed for 701 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games.

He was on pace to rush for over 1,150 yards and 20 touchdowns and was coming off the best game of his career when he rushed for 195 yards against North Carolina.

"Everything was going perfectly good and I was on the verge of having a good year."

After the injury to Moss, the Hurricanes finished 2-2 as Charlie Jones stepped in to replace Moss averaging 70 yards per start.

"I think they did pretty good after I went down with the injury," Moss said. "Charlie Jones stepped in and did a good job. It went well, but I feel it could have been better."

Moss's small taste for having a breakout season makes him even hungrier to get back healthy.

"I want to get back to where I was last year because I think I was getting to my peak to being great before I got hurt. So I just have to work hard to get back to that point."

One of the keys to Moss having a strong 2006 campaign is the progress of the offensive line that will feature four new starters.

"I think they are coming along well," said Moss. "A lot of things changed and we still have some work to do. But it is still early in the year and everyone is competing for a job right now. A lot of things need to be done, but we will get them corrected hopefully by the fall."

Heading into the 2006 season, Moss plans to play at a solid 215 pounds. Last year he played at 220-225 pounds, but did get around the 215-mark, which he didn't find himself to be an effective runner because he didn't feel strong enough.

If Moss gets down to the 215-220 range and doesn't have any setbacks with his recovery, look for him to have an outstanding individual season and become just the eighth player in UM history to rush for 1,000+ yards in a season.

If Moss has a monster senior year and rushes for 1,304 yards he will be second on UM's career rushing list behind only Ottis Anderson.

Although he would enjoy the career marks and great individual success, he has a different focus on his final season at UM.

"This is it. This is my last year here and I am looking forward to winning it all. It took me a while in high school to get what I needed to get and it is taking me a while now to get what I need to get, so hopefully this is the year we go all the way."

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

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