Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Chaney's tip improves commit's play
Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney watches warmups prior to an Aug. 31, 2013 game against Louisiana-Lafayette at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
While attending Arkansas’ Elite Prospect Camp in July, Hog receiver commitment Torrance Mosley picked up several tips from the Razorback coaching staff and has applied them to the field this season.
Mosley, 5-10, 175, 4.4 seconds in the 40 yard dash,of Geismar (La.) Dutchtown said offensive coordinator Jim Chaney noticed a flaw in his route running and helped correct it.
“It helped me gain a lot more separation,” Mosley said. “He told me to maintain my speed in and out of my cuts and coming out of my breaks because I was like slowly down as I cut. He was telling when I do an out to turn my body as fast as I can. That really helped me and I’ve been showing the guys at school.”
The receivers coach and the receivers at the school noticed the improvement.
“They saw me burning everybody and they started asking me what I’ve been doing and they tried running their routes like me,” he said. “I’ve been helping out the receivers even though I play running back.”
Mosley, who plays running backs for the Griffins, has rushed 51 times for 283 yards and a touchdown, said playing the position is getting him ready for SEC play.
“It’s most definitely getting me tough,” Mosley said. “I’m cutting and getting straight up the field instead of juking everyone like a lot of receivers do. In the SEC, there’s a lot of tough people and big guys that like to hit. I like to hit too.”
He and teammate/ receiver Corey McBride along with linebacker Dwayne Eugene and cornerback Henre’ Toliver of Metairie, (La.) Rummel committed to the Hogs during a July 20 visit during the Hogs’ Elite Prospect Camp.
“The coaching staff, they seem cool and seem like they’re willing to work with us and get us to being the best we can be and help us play to our potential,” Mosley said.
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The drive to Fayetteville exposed Mosley to a different landscape compared to the flat terrain of south Louisiana.
“That was before I got there and I was was already thinking it was cool and awesome,” said Mosley of the hills and mountains of Arkansas.