During his entire career, Quentin Moses was the guy that looked up to the rest of the defensive line. He had names like Pollack, Golston and Anderson to look up to as leaders.
But now Moses will lead rather than follow.
“For me it’s been real hard getting it all down and accepting it. I have always been one of those guys who looked to guys like Kedric Golston, Gerald Anderson, Odell Thurman, Thomas Davis and David Pollack for leadership. I used to always say: ‘If they can do it – I can do it,’” he said.
Moses admitted how difficult it will be for him to change the way he thinks of himself in terms of being a leader. In the past, after all, he was playing the role that he was supposed to be playing – a supporting role.
“I was going out there to help the team; I was never in the position where coaches would expect me to make a bunch of plays. I was just playing my role. Now, it’s different – guys are looking at me as a leader,” Moses said.
The Athens native decided to come back for his final season, and that changed the way he viewed his role on the team.
“Coming back for my senior season gives me the chance to do it one more time. It’s hard. On the field I don’t see it as a problem, but the other aspect of it like jumping to the front of the line during mat drills – that’s never been me,” Moses said. “It’s kind of hard to get into that role. I hope that between now and the time the season starts I will be able to get into it.”
Moses, who comes off an All-SEC year in 2005, said coming back was the right thing to do for him.
“It’s an opportunity that everyone does not get,” he said. “I want to try to take advantage of it. It’s hard leaving knowing that you have time left to improve and make yourself better. I want to go out and work on the things I need to work on personally. I will now be one of the older guys, too.”