The quantity 33 is synonymous is Wisconsin Badgers Soccer historical past. Most individuals affiliate with legendary operating again Ron Dayne who wore the quantity throughout his 4 years in Madison. The quantity is retired in Dayne’s honor and stays to be the final Badgers participant to obtain that honor. You possibly can see numerous followers carrying the quantity 33 jersey on recreation days representing Dayne. Folks above the age of 35 in Madison all have tales about seeing Dayne play. Earlier than Dayne’s legendary profession occurred, there was one other proficient operating again named Brent Moss who wore the quantity as nicely.
Brent Moss was part of Barry Alvarez’s first recruiting class that finally led the Badgers’ main turnaround. He proved to be the proper again for the Badgers floor and pound offense. Moss was answerable for ushering within the Badgers custom of nice operating backs constantly popping out of Wisconsin.
After his freshman season, Moss garnered extra carries the next seasons. Teaming up with Terrell Fletcher, they each fashioned a “thunder and lightning” backfield. In 1993, Moss had one of the best single season dashing yr ever by a Wisconsin operating again. That season, Moss rushed for 1,637-yards and 16 touchdowns. This broke the Badgers then single season dashing document. Moss would additionally earn Large Ten Offensive Participant of the Yr honors. This helped the Badgers win the Large Ten Convention and seem within the Rose Bowl for the primary time since 1963.
Moss helped the Badgers conquer the UCLA Bruins 21-16 for his or her very first Rose Bowl win in program historical past. He gashed the Bruins protection for 158 yards and two touchdowns incomes recreation MVP honors.
It seemed as if Brent Moss had a vibrant future. Nevertheless private points got here up, Wisconsin suspended Moss from the group the next yr to on account of a late season arrest. On the time of his suspension, Moss lead the Badgers with 818 dashing yards and 9 touchdowns. He was additionally solely 282 yards away from breaking the Badgers then profession dashing yards document. Moss was additionally a projected NFL draft choose on the time as nicely. He wouldn’t take part within the Badgers 34-20 Corridor of Fame Bowl (now Outback) victory over Duke. As a substitute, his backfield mate Terrell Fletcher would star in that recreation.
Brent Moss would finally go undrafted. Nevertheless, he would have a brief profession with the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams (now Los Angeles). He would acquire 90 yards on 22 carries. This might then be adopted up with stints in NFL Europe and the primary XFL.
Moss’s profession in Wisconsin is a narrative of each triumph and tragedy. Had Moss stayed out of hassle, he may have added extra significance to the quantity. Nevertheless, Moss’s contributions to turning across the program and Wisconsin’s first Rose Bowl victory can’t go forgotten. He was the proper operating again for the Wisconsin Badgers throughout that point. Whereas it’s simple to place Moss within the “what could have been” class, that’s not the entire story. With out Brent Moss, who is aware of if the Badgers win the Large Ten and their first Rose Bowl.