Akron defensive tackle Moses McCray has already traveled a long road to get to this point.
As McCray makes his NFL bid, he looked back on transferring from Florida State for his final year of eligibility after struggling with injuries during his time with the Seminoles. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament a few years ago at Florida State.
McCray worked out at the Florida State campus Pro Day. McCray weighed in at 336 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.3 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 32 times.
He recorded 24 tackles, two for losses, last season for the Zips.
As a sophomore at Florida State, he started nine games and had a dozen tackles, one for loss, and a fumble recovery..He also started as a true freshman after a standout high school career where he recorded 15 sacks as a junior.
National Football Post caught up with McCray recently for the following interview:
NFP: How is the draft process going?
McCray: "It's quite interesting, how they test everything and call you up and intreview you. Honestly, I think it's kind of fun. I'm a part of it and I get to go through this and experience it all behind the scenes firsthand."
NFP: What kind of feedback did you get from teams at your Pro Day?
McCray: "A lot of teams were impressed with how quick I was for my size and my hand speed. The drills really helped, especially the heavy bag drill to show my hand and foot speed. I had fun doing the drills. It was an adrenaline rush."
NFP: What kind of player and person will the NFL get with you?
McCray: "I would say they'll get a tough ballplayer and person who's built to last and has a tenacious and persistent attitude. I have great leadership and a lot of coaches can vouch for my character., both Tommy Bowden and Jimbo Fisher."
NFP: What has your journey been like?
McCray: "Man, it's been different. I can definitely tell you that. I was kind of sad when I left Florida State. I found a new home and new family at Akron. It definitely humbled me. it showed me both sides of the game. It was a different atmosphere. Being at Akron makes you work harder."
NFP: What was the Pro Day like working out with Florida State top-ranked defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan?
McCray: "We have been feeding off each others' energy. Timmy is my boy. We treated that day like it was a game and showed what we can do. It was intense."
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