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Avery Moss
Int Yds TDs
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Team: Youngstown State PenguinsHeight: 6-3 Born: N/A
Position: DEWeight: 264 Hometown: Tempe, Arizona
Class-Eligibility: GS-Sr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

A three-star defensive end recruit out of high school, Moss was an all-state performer in football and basketball at Corona Del Sol, earning scholarship offers from programs like Pepperdine and Santa Barbara to play basketball. His first love was on the hardcourt, but he saw more opportunity in football, committing to Nebraska over offers from Stanford, Arizona State and others. Moss played in four games as a true freshman in 2012 before a season-ending shoulder injury, finishing with four tackles. He started three games as a sophomore in 2013 and posted 36 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Moss found himself banned from the Nebraska campus the following off-season due to a public indecency charge and despite several appeals, he wasnt allowed to re-enroll in school. He decided to follow his former head coach Bo Pelini to Youngstown State and was eligible immediately. Moss started a pair of games in 2015 as a junior and recorded 25 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. He became a regular starter in 2016 (15 starts) and led the team with four forced fumbles, finishing second behind Derek Rivers in tackles for loss (17.5) and sacks (11.0). Moss earned First Team All-MVFC honors.

A one-year starter at Youngstown State, Moss lined up at right defensive end in the Penguins four-man front, forming one of the top pass rushing duos in college football, along with Rivers. The Nebraska transfer has a toolsy skill-set with his heavy hands, aggressive length and lower body athleticism to penetrate the pocket from various angles. Moss has the career production that reflects his talent, but he needs to develop his instincts and better use his traits in harmony to have similar success at the pro level. Overall, his game film is marred by inconsistency and inexperience, but projecting him forward, Moss has the type of foundation traits that can be coached up, making him worthy of a mid-round selection.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS: Adequate height and body mass, but outstanding arm length and hand size. Moves well for his size with natural bend. Violent hands and uses his limbs as weapons. Loose-hipped to work tight spaces. Uses lateral quicks in a short-area to cross the face of blockers. Reaches his landmark and dips his inside shoulder to skim the corner and flatten. Alters his rush sequence mid-play and understands timing. Active hands to stack-and-shed with fierceness. Scrapes down the line of scrimmage, using his long arms to pry. Consistent hustle translates to football production. Knack for ripping the ball out with five forced fumbles the past two seasons. Overshadowed by teammate Derek Rivers, but performed well as a senior with 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks.

WEAKNESSES: Average initial quickness off the snap. Lacks creativity in his pass rush progression and needs to mature with his move-to-move efficiency. Often finds himself out of control and needs to maintain his path to the ball. Can be overwhelmed at the point of attack, losing the outside contain. Stays glued to blocks when his pads rise and chest stays exposed. Undisciplined run defender. Immature decision-maker and his past mistakes led to his suspension at Nebraska charged with public indecency (Dec. 2012) after exposing himself to a student worker at an on-campus store, leading to his year-long campus ban. Only three career starts at the FBS-level with most of his experience coming at FCS-level Youngstown State.


Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2012 Neb  3 0
2013 Neb  12 1
2015 YSU  10 -
2016 YSU  1 0 0 0
Career   26 -

Defensive Logs

Date Opp Int Yds TDs
9/10/2016 @ WVU