Get Well Wishes

Former Mountaineer great Dan Mozes may be out for the season, but according to his former teammates he won't be out for any longer than that.

Mozes's rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings was over before it began as the Washington, Pa., native was placed on Injured Reserve this past week with a torn ACL suffered at the beginning of training camp. For a player who has worked so hard and accomplished so much, the bad luck is twice as hard to take.

Though Mozes may be out for the 2007 season, his former Mountaineer teammates have no doubt that the 2006 Rimington Trophy recipient will be back out on the field in 2008.

"He's a hell of a player, and he'll get back from this," said sophomore guard Greg Isdaner, who admittedly leaned on the guidance of Mozes and fellow veteran Jeremy Sheffey last season as a first-year starter. "Yeah, he might have a couple of scars on his knee, but he's one of the best workers that I've ever been around in my entire life. He'll get through this without a doubt."

"It's a shame," added junior right tackle Ryan Stanchek, who started alongside Mozes for the past two seasons. "He works harder than anybody, and because he's such a good person that makes it even more of a shame that it happened to him. He's a really tough guy, though, and if anybody can battle back from it he can."

Surprisingly, Mozes went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft. Instead of sulking about not getting drafted, the consensus All-American was instead looking to make the most out of what looked to be a near-perfect situation. The Vikings were in need of depth at their interior line positions, and just so happen to use many of the same zone blocking scheme principles that helped mold Mozes into one of the nation's best linemen during his time in Morgantown.

"I'm almost positive that he was going to be on that roster, whether or not it was the practice squad or 53-man travel squad," Isdaner said.

Isdaner also recalled seeing Mozes in the weight room often this summer as he worked out with WVU Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Barwis, and has a hunch that he'll see him right back at the Puskar Center as soon as the big man is ready to begin his rehab.

"As soon as he's ready to start working out, he'll be downstairs with Mike Barwis getting ready," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind."

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for a true class act and a great Mountaineer.

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