BREAKING: Former Miami Hurricanes star RB Tyrone Moss dead at age 33

Tyrone Moss (File photo)

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.”

2017 Miami Hurricanes spring football preview: QBs hope to impress Mark Richt

Will Jack Allison (right) impress Mark Richt this spring? (247Sports)
Will Jack Allison (right) impress Mark Richt this spring? (247Sports)

First in a series of position-by-position looks at the Hurricanes heading into spring practice, which begins March 21. 

Though he had his warts, chiefly a lack of mobility which exacerbated offensive line woes, Brad Kaaya was a darn good college quarterback. He set new Miami records for passing yards, completions and attempts. He was an accurate thrower and a tough competitor. All but a few programs nationally would have taken three years of Kaaya as the starter.

It would be ideal for Miami if a clear successor emerged, right now.

Mark Richt, who works with quarterbacks in greater detail than any other position, recently expressed his disappointment that none of Kaaya’s backups challenged for the job last fall. Someone had better show that fire this spring, because not only is the spot open, Richt’s top recruit, four-star prospect N’Kosi Perry, arrives in the summer. It is high time to make a lasting impression.

Projected spring depth chart (with fall class year listed)
12 — Malik Rosier, R-Jr.
11 — Jack Allison, R-Fr.
16 — Evan Shirreffs, R-Soph.
17 — Cade Weldon, Fr.
14 — Vincent Testaverde, R-Jr.

Expected starter: Unknown. Perhaps the most experienced (Rosier) or highly recruited (Allison) of last year’s backups, though the competition begins anew when Perry arrives. Richt won’t name a starter until midway through fall camp.

Major storyline: Who’s a legitimate contender, and who’s just another guy? Allison came along slower than anticipated last year, but he was a top-10 quarterback recruit in the 2016 class. Can he take over? Rosier is strong, but can he stop trying to be Superman? How much headway can Weldon make after enrolling in January? Will the lanky, heady Shirreffs be a factor? Can the walk-on, Testaverde, stun them all? This will be fascinating stuff, though Richt won’t allow much to be seen – practices are mostly closed to reporters and completely closed to the public. Miami won’t have a spring game, either. But make no mistake: this is the most important battle on Greentree. UM should have a hellacious front seven on defense and plenty of offensive weapons. If Richt finds a difference-making QB1, the Hurricanes could go from good to great.