Moss thinking about entering NFL Draft


Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 11:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 11:46 a.m.
Jarvis Moss sounds as though he has played his final game at Florida. After Florida's 41-14 win over Ohio State in the BCS title game Monday night, Moss indicated he was leaning toward entering this year's NFL Draft. "I've got to make up my mind but I've got a pretty good idea what I'm going to do," Moss said. "It's really attractive to move on." Moss likely improved his stock after he harassed Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith. Moss recorded two sacks and forced a fumble in the Florida win. "It didn't (hurt)," Moss said. "I'm glad I was able to perform like this." Moss isn't the only Gator leaning toward leaving a year early. Juniors Reggie Nelson, Andre Caldwell and Brandon Siler are all considering entering the draft. The deadline to declare for the 2007 NFL Draft is Jan. 15. Caldwell joined Moss in sounding like a player who may also be gone. "This makes you want to come back," Caldwell said. "But you've got to do what's best for you and your family." Nelson said he has yet to make a decision, but he has enrolled in classes for the Spring Semester. "I haven't decided yet," Nelson said. "I'll have to make a decision before the deadline." Siler said he also hasn't decided, but will meet with his family and Florida's coaches in the coming days. "There are still decisions that have to be made," Siler said. Redshirt junior Derrick Harvey, the game's defensive MVP, said he was coming back.

Nelson ends his silence

Reggie Nelson played with a heavy heart Monday night in the wake of his mother's death. Mary Lake died last month after a long battle with cancer. Nelson opted not to talk to the hordes of media here this week as he grieved his mother's recent passing from cancer. Afterward, Nelson finally ended his silence. "I'm sure Mary Lake is smiling real hard," Nelson said. "It's tough to suffer trough. But I've got to be strong for my family."

Ginn goes down after historic kick return

It turned out Ted Ginn, Jr.'s electrifying, 93-yard opening kick-off return for a touchdown would be the only time the Buckeyes junior would touch the ball Monday night. Ginn injured his right ankle early on Ohio State's second offensive play and did not see another offensive down, but did take the field for a second-quarter kick off. "Obviously we would have liked to have him in there," Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel said. "But it wasn't meant to be." Without him, the Buckeyes offense suffered. Florida held Ohio State to a season-low 73 total yards in the first half. Quarterback Troy Smith was just 2-of-8 passing for 24 yards and an interception. Ginn's 93-yard kick-off return for a touchdown to open the game was the first kickoff return for a score. It was also the third opening kickoff in bowl history. Colorado's Ben Kelly returned a kickoff 93 yards against Oregon in the 1998 Aloha Bowl and Iowa's C.J. Jones returned a kickoff 100 yards against Southern Cal in the 2003 Orange Bowl.

Making the right call

Florida's Jemalle Cornelius had a special request from his girlfriend after he was chosen as a captain for Monday's game. Cornelius' girlfriend told him he should call tails during the coin toss. Earl Everett almost spoiled those plans. Everett looked as if he was ready to make the call before Cornelius stepped up and called tails. The toss was tails. The Gators deferred to the second half, which initially backfired when Ginn took the opening kick-off back for a touchdown.

Former Gators travel to Glendale

The following former Gators were on the sideline of Monday's game. Lomas Brown, Reynaldo Hill, Darrell Jackson, Jason Odom, Mike Peterson, Max Starks, Ben Troupe, Lawrence Wright, Jarvis Herring, Terry Jackson, Shane Matthews, Errict Rhett. ... The following Gators were in attendance: Travis Taylor, Willie Jackson, Cedric Smith, Jeff Mitchell, Johnny Rutledge, Mo Collins, Gary Rolle, Daryl Dixon, Robin Fisher, Ray McDonald, Sr. ... Chris Leak opened the game going 9-for-9 passing for 99 yards without an interception. ... Leak will appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

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