Moss Discusses the Season, Career, and NFL

Senior running back Tyrone Moss came in as a highly-touted recruit in 2003.

Tyrone Moss is looking forward to playing in the East-West Shrine game as he prepares for the NFL combine and showing scouts he is 100 percent.

"I think it is good," said Moss on the East-West game. "I think it is a good opportunity for himself and to show everyone that I am healthy again and can do the things I am used to doing."

Moss has rushed for 1,942 yards in his career, which ranks ninth on the all-time list at Miami.

His 26 career touchdowns is tied for seventh all-time.

"I think I had a good career," Moss said. "I think every year I was here I was productive. This year was a minor setback. I don't think I came along until the middle of the season because of the injury. I think I had a successful career here."

Moss credits former running backs coach Don Soldinger for his development.

"Coach Sol was a big help on that behalf because he pushed you and got the most out of you," Moss said. "He was a major help to my success here every year. Having him every year was a big help."

As a junior in 2005, Moss rushed for 701 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games before suffering a torn ACL ending his season. He was on pace for 1,157 yards and 21 touchdowns.

"The injury was a major setback for me and trying to come back from it," Moss said. "I got over it and I am ready to go back."

Moss came back after his injury after 10 months, which was a bit too soon.

"I thought I was going to be ready the first game, but I had not been in pads for so long," Moss said. When I first got back it was much harder than I thought it would be. I tried to push through it at first, but I couldn't do it."

Moss said he started feeling good again mid-way through this season.

On the year, he has rushed for 285 yards with 103 of those coming against Virginia Tech on Nov. 4.

After rushing for 103 yards on 13 carries against the Hokies, Moss only received 13 carries in the next three games.

"I think the whole season was messed up since the beginning with the first game," said Moss as the team lost to Florida State on their way to a disappointing 6-6 record. "I think the whole season was just destroyed. I have been trying to stay humble and support my teammates the best that I can.

Moss is competing for playing time in the bowl game, but if he does not get called on, he'll be ready for the next step as he looks at former UM back Frank Gore for inspiration.

"Look at Frank, two knee injuries, lost a lot of weight before the combine, and look at him now," said Tyrone. "I see myself similar to Frank's situation. We'll see how things turn out."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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