Redshirt freshman Avery Moss expects to play a big role for the Nebraska defense during the 2013 season. The 6-2, 270-pound Moss is among the leading contenders to earn a starting job at defensive end on a young, but talented Nebraska defensive line.
After seeing action early in the 2012 season as a true freshman, Moss suffered a shoulder injury and did not play for the remainder of the season. Moss underwent subsequent surgery and was awarded a medical hardship, giving the Arizona native four remaining seasons of eligibility.
2012 (Medical Hardship)
Moss played in three of the first four games of the season, before suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Moss had four tackles on the season, including two tackles against Idaho State, when he also recorded a quarterback hurry. He added single tackles against Southern Miss and Arkansas State.
Before Nebraska (Corona Del Sol HS)
Moss had a highly productive prep career at Corona Del Sol High in Tempe, Ariz. Moss used his size and speed to torment opposing passers throughout his career. As a senior, Moss had 59 tackles, including 26 solo stops, five sacks and a pair of pass breakups. His play for Coach Tom Joseph earned Moss second-team Division I all-state honors from the Arizona Republic. Moss earned all-region honors as a junior despite playing in only five games because of a broken hand. During his limited time, Moss made 12 tackles and had 2.5 sacks. Moss played in the Semper Fi Marines All-America Bowl in early January, and made his pledge to Nebraska at that time. Moss was ranked among the top 15 players in Arizona by Scout.com, 247 Sports and Rivals.com. He also ranked among the top 50 defensive ends in the country by both 247 and Rivals. Moss also visited Arizona State and Purdue and had scholarship offers from Arizona, Washington, Stanford and San Diego State among others. In addition to his success on the gridiron, Moss was a standout on the basketball court, helping Corona Del Sol to a 32-1 record and Division I state title. Moss earned second-team all-state honors as a senior despite missing nine games, and scored 18 points, along with 21 rebounds and four blocks in the state title game. He received recruiting interest in basketball from several schools including Denver, Pepperdine, San Diego and UCSB.
Moss was born on Sept. 16, 1994, and his father is Shalamar Moss.