Moss feels right at home

The player wearing the No. 83 orange jersey Thursday afternoon at Greentree Field did not need to go around shaking hands and making friends with anybody. Sinorice Moss is very familiar with his surroundings.

Moss, the younger brother of current New York Jets receiver and former UM star Santana Moss, was one of 16 freshmen players that participated in their first practice with the Hurricanes.

"This is like home," said Moss, who had 23 receptions for 506 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior at Miami Carol City High. "I've known all the coaches since I was in sixth or seventh grade. This is just like home to me and I want to come out here and do my best and be one of those great players.

At 5-8, 165, Moss' build resembles that of his brother. And by the sounds of it his older brother's confidence as well.

"As you can see they have a lot of receivers out here, but if I can just come out here everyday and maybe fight then I'll get a chance to play," said Moss.

With the depth at the receiver position the Hurricanes currently posses, finding a permanent spot for Moss might be difficult. But it shouldn't be a stretch to think that Moss could end up playing- this season.

Just ask UM head coach Larry Coker. Although, Sinorice is jumping into a different situation compared to when Santana arrived at Miami, Coker said the younger Moss has plenty of qualities that could make him a star right away.

"I think the big difference is that we weren't very good at receiver when Santana came in. In fact, we were terrible," said Coker. "Santana, Reggie Wayne and those guys became players as true freshmen and we don't anticipate Sinorice doing that."

"He has a real gift of getting releases of the line scrimmage and of course that's huge in today's scheme of defensive football and I think he's certainly comparable. To compare him with Santana isn't fair, but if he beats any of those guys out there than certainly he can play."

Despite questioning his work habits during the first day of practice, UM receivers coach Curtis Johnson has also noticed that the Hurricanes might have something special in Sinorice before long.

"Sinorice is probably faster and has a little better ball skills than Santana did," Johnson said. "Santana has already taught Sinorice a lot of those things so that should come natural.

"The thing is I think Santana worked a little harder out here than Sinorice is right now. Santana came with a little chip on his shoulder. But I think Sinorice is more talented at this stage than Santana was and may be a little better football player."

Whatever happens, sooner or later the comparisons to his brother will arise. Just don't think Sinorice will get tired of them.

"That's my brother and I love my brother," Moss. "The more you talk about him, the more I'll smile and work hard to get were he's at."

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