Regarded as one of the premier high school defensive ends in the country, Moss was looking forward to living up to the billing of being "the next Jevon Kearse" when he arrived on Florida's campus in 2003. However, a pelvic bone injury suffered during his senior year at Ryan High School would not only keep Moss off the field for most of his first two seasons with the Gators, but literally kept him off his feet.
A Parade All-America selection at Ryan High School, Moss was named a USA Today first-team All-American and was ranked as the best strong-side defensive end in the nation and the overall No. 25 national prospect by Rivals. He was also rated the best defensive player in Texas by that recruiting service. He added All-American and Elite 50 team accolades from Super Prep, and led his team to three-consecutive Class 4A state championship games, winning titles in his junior and senior seasons.
The two-year starter helped his team to a 30-1 record over his final two seasons. Despite missing seven games due to injury, Moss recorded 81 tackles (29 for loss), 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles. He totaled 122 tackles, including 52 for a loss and 28 sacks, seven pass deflections, three forced fumbles and five fumble recovers as a junior and had 61 tackles and nine sacks as a sophomore.
Moss was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-Star Game in Texas. However, when he hurt his pelvis in 2002, Moss received a cortisone injection right into the pelvic bone and missed seven games that year. He would slowly develop a staph infection, but it would remain undiagnosed for two years until Urban Meyer arrived on campus as the team's new head coach in 2005.
The first sign that the injury was serious occurred when the 6-6, 250-pounder stepped on the scales one day and saw that he was losing considerable weight. One day during his high school senior year, Moss could not walk when he woke up. His chest felt like a ton of bricks had fallen on it and he was in excruciating pain in his stomach. When he tried to climb up in bed, the pain intensified, causing him to slump to the floor.
Desperate for help, he called his Ryan High coach, Joey Florence. Neither the coach nor the doctors could find what was causing the problem.
"That was the crazy part," Moss said. "One day I'm at practice running like my old self, and the next day Coach was the first person I called, and I told him, 'Coach, I can't walk. I don't know what's wrong with me.'"
After every doctor visit, Moss and his coach left confused. "Even when I came back to play, I was still hampered by it, kind of like I would be when I got to college," Moss said. "I couldn't run well or anything like that."
Moss chose Florida over Miami, Texas and Florida State. Upon arriving in Gainesville in the summer of 2003, he was still suffering from the injury. The trainers thought the pain was due to a hernia that he suffered in fall camp. He played in one game vs. Florida A&M, but re-injured his pelvis and was lost for the year.
Moss' weight continued to plummet. Down to 218 pounds by the start of 2004 fall camp, the team shifted him to linebacker. He saw action for seven plays against Eastern Michigan, but the pain in his pelvic bone was too intense. Moss had lost too much weight and strength, forcing the staff to shut him down for the rest of the season.
"I just kept telling our guys that when Moss was healthy, he was a good football player,'" co-defensive coordinator Charlie Strong recalled. "Something is wrong, and you have to find out what is wrong with him."
When Meyer and his staff arrived and asked the same questions, Moss was turned over to the new training staff. "He didn't look like the big strong football player that he is," said Anthony Pass, UF's head athletic trainer. "That was definitely a red flag for me because he was a real good kid, well-spoken and an intelligent individual. He was frustrated, and that frustrated me because I wanted to know what I could do to help this guy out."
Pass, along with trainer John Dean, dispatched four doctors to run tests and find out what the matter was. After a spring of futile attempts, one test finally bore the answer. Blood tests revealed that Moss' sediment level was 11 times higher than average. After analyzing bone chips from his pelvis, doctors concluded that bacteria had penetrated Moss' pelvic bone during the high school injection, causing a staph infection that feasted on his body.
With Moss on the verge of quitting football and moving on, the training staff hooked him up to an IV to pump nutrients into him for six weeks during the summer of 2005. His weight increased from about 218 to 240 pounds. "When we first put on the treatment, you just saw this kid just go from someone who was completely dejected and who was at the end of his rope just start getting some fire back into him, some hope and excitement," Pass said. "It's been a complete change."
Back among his teammates, Moss joined the team's rotation at defensive end in 2005, seeing action in 11 games as a reserve. He recorded 25 tackles (17 solos), but despite limited playing time in third-down passing situations, he led the team with 7.5 sacks and 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also recovered and caused a fumble, deflected two passes and had a pair of pressures. By the end of his sophomore year, Moss had his weight back up into the 250-pound range.
After an intense training program during the 2006 off-season, Moss earned a starting job at weak-side defensive end in 2006. He started 13 games, but was suspended for the Western Carolina game for violating team rules. He finished fourth on the team with 56 tackles (42 solos) and ranked fifth in the Southeastern Conference with 7.5 sacks. He added 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 12 quarterback pressures. He caused four fumbles, deflected four passes and used his 37-inch vertical leap to block two kicks.
In 26 games at Florida, Moss started 13 times. He finished his career with 87 tackles (64 solos), 15 sacks for minus-114 yards and 22 stops for losses totaling 131 yards. He registered 14 quarterback pressures, caused five fumbles and recovered another. He also blocked two kicks and deflected six passes.
Positives: Has a tall, lanky frame with broad shoulders, tight waist and good bubble
Moves very well coming off the edge and will bring immediate value in third-down passing situations
Shows above average balance and flexibility on the move and has explosive acceleration in backside pursuit
Fluid and flexible athlete with very crisp change of direction agility
Makes quick reads and reacts with good urgency once he locates the ball
Despite limited reps until 2006, it is rare to see him get faked out
Learns with normal reps and is a self-starter who puts in the extra hours after practice
Plays with good aggression, but is best when he avoids or slips past blocks rather than trying to engage the offensive lineman (lacks the bulk and strength to control)
Moves well off the line, getting his best production when he beats the offensive tackle coming out of his stance
His outstanding burst off the snap allows him to gain advantage, especially when coming off the edge
His initial step lets him beat the offensive tackle to the spot and he has that extra gear to run by them
High energy type who closes on the ball with good pad level
Defeats blocks with quickness rather than power
When he gets a free lane, he has the ability to knife through and penetrate the line
Has very good lateral movement in pursuit and is an explosive form tackler when closing on the quarterback
Has the speed to give chase along the perimeter and good ability to sift out the ball in a pile (four forced fumbles in 2006)
Shows very good hip snap and adequate wrap-up technique, using his long reach to make good arm tackles
What he does best is explode off the edge and generate pressure on the pocket
If not accounted for, he will sack the quarterback due to his speed and pad level (has excellent hip wiggle and shake to juke).
Negatives: Still trying to recover the strength and bulk that he lost while battling his pelvis injury
Needs to add at least another 20 pounds to his frame to prevent blockers from walling him off when trying to work in-line
Must keep his hands active, especially vs. low blocks, as he tends to get taken off his feet too much trying to slip through trash (does not protect his legs on the move)
Plays too high on the move and this causes him to struggle in attempts to squeeze down the rush lane, and will get washed out when he tries to split double teams
More effective playing off the edge, as he lacks the raw power to defeat blocks when lining head up on an opponent
Struggles to disengage when working over the middle, as he is easily defeated vs. face-up blockers
Has good flexibility, but for some reason his hips sink and his feet die when blockers get their hands into his body
Lacks the hand strength to jerk and pull down the offensive linemen (must improve his rip and club moves, but has an efficient swim move)
His three-year struggle with a staph infection in his pelvic bone needs further medical evaluation
The school will not discuss suspensions, but there is a need to challenge the player on the reason he was suspended for the 2006 Western Carolina game.
Compares To: SIMEON RICE-Tampa Bay
Some experts compare him to Jevon Kearse, but while Moss has Kearse-like quickness he lacks the bulk and upper body strength to defeat face-up blockers. Moss could possible move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, but at least brings instant value in third-down passing situations, where he can do what he does best -- penetrate off the edge to disrupt the pocket.
In his last 24 games, Moss registered all of his 15.0 quarterback sacks and 22 tackles behind the line of scrimmage
He became the first Gator to register three sacks in a game (vs. Louisiana State in 2006) since Bobby McCray accomplished the feat in 2003
Became the first Florida player to block two kicks in the same quarter when he batted down a field goal and then an extra point attempt in the final nine minutes of the 2006 South Carolina game.
All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report
Was on the preseason Watch Lists for the Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman) and Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award
Earned SEC Defensive Linemen of the Week honors vs. Vanderbilt and Special Teams Player of the Week accolades vs. South Carolina
Started thirteen games at weak-side defensive end, sitting out the Western Carolina contest for violating team rules
Ranked fourth on the team with 56 tackles (42 solos)
Second on the squad and fifth in the conference with 7.5 sacks for minus 60 yards
Also ranked second on the team with eleven stops for losses of 68 yards
Registered twelve quarterback pressures and caused four fumbles
Deflected four passes and blocked a pair of kicks.
|2006 Game Analysis|
In his first career start, Jarvis registered three solo tackles and one pressure
Head to Head Competition-OT#75-Chris Clark.
Registered two solo tackles and a pressure
Stopped Steven Moffett after a 1-yard gain on a third-and-3 QB option late in the third quarter
Head to Head Competition-OT#78-Patrick Brown.
Led all UF defensive linemen with six tackles and two pressures
Took down tailback Montario Hardesty for a 1-yard loss on a second quarter run
Both of his pressures came on third-down plays (game's opening drive and the 6:05 mark of the third quarter), as QB Erik Ainge threw incomplete passes both times
Head to Head Competition-OT#76-Arron Sears.
Posted three tackles with two pressures, a pass break-up, a sack and two stops for losses
Batted down a third-and-5 pass by Andre' Woodson in the first quarter, forcing the Wildcats to punt
Was penalized for roughing up Woodson early in the second quarter
Tackled Jacob Tamme for a 2-yard loss on a screen pass at the start of the second half and six plays later, Moss pressured Woodson into throwing an incomplete pass on a third-and-6 play
On Kentucky's next drive, Moss again pressured Woodson, who threw a third-and-18 incompletion
Moss continued his third quarter terror on the next series, sacking Woodson for a 5-yard loss
Head to Head Competition-OT#79-Garry Williams.
Collected a pair of sacks among his seven tackles, adding one pressure
On the game's first series, Moss sacked QB John Parker Wilson for a 6-yard loss and again sacked Wilson for minus 15 yards, teaming with defensive tackle Joe Cohen to force a fumble on the play, but Alabama recovered the ball at the Tide 5 with 4:19 left to play
Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Andre Smith.
Held to three tackles, including two solos and one pressure
Head to Head Competition-OT#70-Ciron Black.
Caused a fumble, deflected a pass and made three solo tackles
Was penalized for jumping offside on the game's opening series, but made up for that miscue when he took down QB Brandon Cox for a 5-yard loss two plays later on first-and-goal, causing a fumble that Auburn recovered, salvaging a 13-play, 85-yard drive with a 22-yard field goal
Head to Head Competition-OT#77-King Dunlap.
Followed with five tackles, including causing a fumble when Moss teamed with defensive end Derrick Harvey to sack QB Matthew Stafford, with Harvey recovering the ball at the Georgia 44
Head to Head Competition-OT#79-Ken Shackleford.
Earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors, as he produced seven solo tackles with two pressures, a sack and two stops for losses of 12 yards
Took down Chris Nickson for a 3-yard loss on a QB option midway through the third quarter and on the Commodores' next drive, he stopped Nickson for no gain on a third-and-6 play, forcing Vanderbilt to punt
With 4:02 left in the game, Moss sacked Nickson for minus 9 yards
Head to Head Competition-OT#74-Chris Williams.
Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, as Moss blocked two kicks in the fourth quarter, deflected a pass and registered eight tackles (5 solos)
Jarvis batted down a PAT attempt at the 10:49 mark of the final frame and then blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop as time expired, preserving a 17-16 win
Head to Head Competition-OT#77-Jamon Meridith.
Did not play after he was suspended for a violation of team rules.
Returned to the lineup with three tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and 1.5 stops for minus 13 yards
Teamed with defensive tackle Joe Cohen to tackle tailback Lorenzo Booker for a 1-yard loss on a run up the middle late in the first quarter
Caused a fumble at the end of the second quarter when he sacked QB Drew Weatherford for a 13-yard loss at the FSU 22
Head to Head Competition-OT#75-Mario Henderson.
Arkansas (SEC Championship)
Posted four tackles (3 solos) with two pressures, a pass
deflection and a stop behind the line of scrimmage
Stopped tailback Darren McFadden for no gain on a third-and-3 run midway through the first quarter, forcing Arkansas to punt
Early in the second quarter, Moss stopped Felix Jones for a 2-yard loss on a run around right end
With 9:04 left in the game, Moss pressured McFadden, who then threw a pass that was intercepted by free safety Reggie Nelson at the UF 43
Head to Head Competition-OT#66-Tony Ugoh.
Ohio State (BCS Bowl Championship Game)
Played a major part in the team winning the national title, as Moss totaled a pair of sacks for minus 20 yards and caused a fumble
He sacked QB Troy Smith for an 8-yard loss, causing a fumble that fellow defensive end Derrick Harvey recovered at the OSU 14 with 1:53 left in the first half, setting up a 1-yard touchdown catch by the Gators' Andre Caldwell
At the start of the fourth quarter, Moss sacked Smith again for a 12-yard loss on a third-and-9 play, forcing OSU to punt
Head to Head Competition-OT#75-Alex Boone.
Still recovering from his pelvic bone infection early in the year, Moss rounded back into playing shape as a reserve defensive end, appearing in the team's final eleven contests
He registered 6.5 of his 7.5 sacks for minus 54 yards in the team's final five regular season games, as he finished with eleven stops for losses totaling 63 yards, two quarterback pressures, two pass deflections and 25 tackles (17 solos)
Also recovered and caused a fumble.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Made three tackles and sacked QB Andre' Woodson for a 6-yard loss on a third-and-10 play late in the second quarter, forcing the Wildcats to punt.
Registered four solo tackles with three sacks for minus 28 yards and caused a fumble
Took down QB JaMarcus Russell for an 18-yard sack and then caused a fumble that Moss recovered, when he again sacked Russell on LSU's next drive for a 6-yard loss late in the second quarter
With 5:47 left in the game, Jarvis sacked Russell for minus 4 yards on a third-and-7 play, forcing the Tigers to punt.
Sacked QB Jay Cutler for a 6-yard loss and had two tackles.
Sacked QB Blake Mitchell for a 3-yard loss in the third quarter and stopped Mike Davis for a 2-yard loss on a third-and-4 run with 2:51 left in the game, finishing the day with a pressure and four solo tackles.
Posted five tackles (3 solos), 1.5 sacks and 2.5 stops for losses of 16 yards
Sniffed out a pass into the flats, taking down receiver Chris Davis for a 5-yard loss on a third-and-12 toss from Drew Weatherford early in the second quarter
Sacked Weatherford for minus 7 yards with 1:23 left in the first half and then teamed with Earl Everett to sack Weatherford for an 8-yard loss early in the fourth quarter.
Saw action as an outside linebacker during fall camp, when he reported at a light 218 pounds due to his pelvic bone injury
Only saw seven plays of action vs. Eastern Michigan, making one solo tackle before re-injuring himself
Sat out the rest of the season.
Suffered a hernia in preseason camp and was bothered by a high school pelvic injury that limited Moss to only a brief appearance vs. Florida A&M
Was the second true freshman to see action on the defensive line since 2000, when Kenny Parker, Darrell Lee and Ian Scott played
Named Scout Team Player of the Week on defense the week of the Miami game
Dressed for the Miami and Tennessee games but did not see action
Registered five tackles (4 solos) on 40 plays in the Florida A&M clash.
2002: Missed seven games during his high school senior year due to a pelvis injury.
2003: Suffered a hernia in preseason drills
Re-injured a muscle in his pelvic area after battling through preseason pain, and did not return after playing in the Florida A&M game.
2004: Sat out all but one game due to a staph infection in his pelvic bone.
2005: Held out of the season opener vs. Wyoming as he recovered from spending six weeks in the hospital for treatment on his pelvic bone infection.
Campus: 4.63 in the 40-yard dash
265-pound bench press
415-pound squat (from 2004)
37-inch vertical jump
33 1/2-inch arm length
9 1/2-inch hands.
Attended Ryan (Denton, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Joey Florence
Parade All-America selection
Named a USA Today first-team All-American and was ranked as the best strong-side defensive end in the nation and the overall No. 25 national prospect by Rivals
Rated the best defensive player in Texas by that recruiting service
Added All-American and Elite 50 team accolades from Super Prep and led his team to three consecutive Class 4A state championship games, winning titles in his junior and senior seasons
The two-year starter helped his team to a 30-1 record over his final two seasons
Despite missing seven games due to injury, Moss recorded 81 tackles (29 for loss), 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles
Totaled 122 tackles, including 52 for a loss and 28 sacks, seven pass deflections, three forced fumbles and five fumble recovers as a junior, and had 61 tackles and nine sacks as a sophomore
Invited to play in the U.S. Army All-Star Game in Texas.
Son of Bobby Wilson
Resides in Denton, Texas.