Former Miami Hurricanes running back Tyrone Moss has died, the program announced in a tweet Friday morning.
Moss was 33 years old. The cause of death was undisclosed.
“One of our brothers was taken too soon,” the Hurricanes football Twitter account posted Friday. “Our thoughts are with Tyrone Moss’ family and friends during this difficult time. RIP, Tyrone.”
Moss finished his college career at Miami with 1,942 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on 412 carries. He ranks 14th on the Hurricanes’ all-time list in career rushing yards, fifth in career rushing touchdowns (tied with Duke Johnson, Melvin Bratton and Mark Walton) and 10th in career carries.
“It’s just a tragedy because he’s such a great, great kid,” said Moss’ high school coach at Pompano Beach-Ely, Steve Davis, who mentioned that Moss had been dealing with an unspecified medical condition. “For those people that knew him, he was just a great young man with a wonderful personality.”
“Just a very happy kid when I coached him in high school,” Davis said of Moss. “I don’t think I ever saw a time when he was mad. That was unusual because we coached him really hard because we knew how talented he was. We put a lot of pressure on him and he never got upset. He would always just give us a big smile.”
Before arriving at Miami, Moss was a force at the high school level. He rushed for more than 7,000 yards during his high school career and led Ely to the Class 5A state championship as a senior in 2002 before signing with the Hurricanes in 2003.
Moss went undrafted and never played in the NFL, but he did practice with the Cleveland Browns during their May 2007 minicamp. An ACL tear in his left knee during the 2005 season with the Hurricanes helped to cut his career short.
“I just want to see you smile and laugh again,” Moss’ former Hurricanes teammate Sinorice Moss tweeted Friday morning. “Rest in Peace, Tyrone.”