Moss and Gregory pushing each other

Avery Moss and Randy Gregory are battling for a starting spot on Saturday.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Defensive lineman Aaron Curry, Vincent Valentine, Avery Moss, and Greg McMullen were all part of the 2012 recruiting class. Two years later and they are all living under one roof.

There isn't much food in the fridge – if any at all Moss says. But there are plenty of dreams from the four, which is often been called the best defensive line class Bo Pelini has recruited during his time at Nebraska.

"We are hungry," said Moss (both figuratively and literally). "We talk about it all the time, late nights, just talking about how we want to be that group to bring back the Blackshirt D-line, and be that group that every offensive coordinator has to watch out for. We want it bad. We're hungry and I can see it in Vince's eyes, and Greg's eyes, and Aaron Curry's eyes. We can get there."

Curry played as a true freshman before getting banged up. He's likely to be in the second group of defensive tackles on Saturday – behind Valentine and senior Thad Randle. McMullen looks to be senior Jason Ankrah's top back-up, but could find the field often in 2013 with his versatility to also possibly play inside. And then there's Moss, who finds himself in a battle with newcomer Randy Gregory for the starting defensive end spot opposite of Ankrah.

"I don't know what the coaches are deciding right now, but we will see on Saturday," said Moss. "Every snap is a competition between me and Randy. It's a good competition, I love having him here, he's a good player that I have benefited from a lot.

"He's such a good athlete, so automatically even if he didn't know what he was doing, he just springs to the ball. It probably put a little pep in my step."

Turn on the tape and it's easy to see what type of defensive end Gregory is – a speed rusher.

Moss was asked on Tuesday what he brings to the field?

"I really don't know. Actions speak louder than words, I won't say anything, we will see on Saturday what type of guy I am," said Moss. "I have been doing all right (getting to quarterbacks in practice), I think a decent job, but there is always room for improvement."

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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