April 27, 2007

'It's where you finish'--Mozes

MORGANTOWN-Dan Mozes has seen two dear friends and ex-WVU football players sit through a sad NFL Draft Sunday, and thus he will play golf that day next week.

Mozes was clearing out his apartment in Morgantown for the final time on Thursday when he said he expected to fall somewhere between the 4th-7th round in the televised event, but he would not get the news until he gets off the links somewhere in his hometown of Washington, Pa.

"I'll be in Washington with my family. The first day, I'll watch. The second day, I'll play golf. It's nerve-wracking. I'm hoping for the best on second day. I could fall to the seventh round or fall to free agency. On Sunday, I'll find cheapest place to play, rent a bucket of balls on the driving range and then play," he said with a chuckle.

In recent drafts, one of WVU's best all-time linebackers, Grant Wiley, fell to free agency. Wiley is now a professional model after injuries knocked him out of the Minnesota Vikings camp. Mike Lorello went undrafted. He is now on the work-out roster with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He remains at the Steelers' training facility attempting to earn a place on the game-day roster.

Mozes, though he was a Rimington Award winner, calls himself "the little man's draftee." Though a recent Sports Illustrated website called him "the most underrated lineman in the draft," he, like Wiley and Lorello lacked combine measurables (height, weight, speed strength) that draft gurus like. Mountaineer fans know they were football players.

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