KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — When Tennessee cornerback Emmanuel Moseley runs through the ‘T’ one last time on Saturday, it’ll be the end of a career not many expected.
Moseley played in every game his four-year career with the Vols. He’s been one of the most consistent players over his time with the team.
The amount of playing time isn’t commonplace for someone like Moseley at a school like Tennessee. He held two offers from power schools his senior year of high school, from the Vols and N.C. State. The 247Sports composite rankings listed him as the No. 880 prospect in the Class of 2014.
Yet, none of that stopped him from consistently being on the field each Saturday in the fall.
“I don’t know why I wasn’t highly recruited,” Moseley said Monday when asked about what he’ll take away from his time at Tennessee. “No, I did take a year off of football in high school because I wanted to play basketball. I had hoop dreams. Once I got the opportunity [at Tennessee], they told me I had to come in and put on weight. I came in early and I thank the sports staff, they did a good job of putting weight on me.”
Moseley will play his 51st game in a Vols uniform when Vanderbilt comes to Knoxville on Saturday. He has 137 tackles, 31 pass deflections and 2 interceptions in his career.
Moseley’s final game in Neyland Stadium will be a final culmination of the hard work he’s put in with his teammates and coaching staff over the years.
“I weighed 145 pounds,” Moseley said. “I put on a lot of weight, I appreciate the strength staff for that. Went through different coaches, I appreciate every coach and my teammates. Cam Sutton played a big role in helping me mature to who I am.”
He now weighs 184 pounds, which seems to be quite a point of pride for the Greensboro, N.C. native.
Sutton was one of the best cornerbacks in Tennessee’s recent history and helped Moseley’s progression. Sutton now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sundays, and the two still keep up with each other.
“We just watched a lot of film together,” Moseley said. “He showed me the ins and outs of football. He showed me what to look for in other receivers that could change my game. Every year I progressed, and he helped me be the player I am.”
Moseley has tried to pay it forward to the younger players on the roster. One freshman cornerback has caught his eye.
“Definitely Shawn Shamburger,” Moseley said. “He’s going to be a really good player coming up, so please watch out for him.”
The 2016 come-from-behind win over Florida will remain Moseley’s favorite memory in his four years. He said he’ll try and take in every last moment of his career this week.