Marquis Mosely has been named the new wide receivers coach at the University of Miami. He replaces Curtis Johnson, who is now the wide receivers coach of the New Orleans Saints.
Mosely, 30, was the wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois for the last two seasons. Last year, he was the position coach for Sam Hurd, who caught 65 passes for 1,074 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2004, he coached Dan Sheldon, who led the major-college ranks in yards-per-reception average (23.4).
Previously, Mosley worked for new UM quarterbacks coach Todd Berry at Army in 2002 and 2003 as the wide receivers coach and head junior-varsity coach. At West Point, Mosely worked with Aris Comeaux, who was a finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year Award, and William White, who finished No. 17 in NCAA Division 1-A all-purpose yardage (149.6 ypg. average) in 2002. During the summer of 2003, Mosely participated in the NFL Minority Fellowship Program with the Tennessee Titans.
A native of Bloomington, Ill., Mosely lettered for three seasons at the University of Illinois under Lou Tepper (1993, 1994 and 1996). In 1996, Mosely was an 11-game starter. In 1997, Mosely transferred to Illinois State and played for Berry. He was a first-team All-Gateway Conference selection as a senior when he caught 61 passes for 875 yards and four touchdowns, plus he set three school records (single-game receptions with 12 vs. Northern Iowa, single-game all-purpose yardage with 316 vs. Northern Iowa, and longest kickoff return with a 100-yarder against the University at Buffalo).
He graduated with degree in speech communications from Illinois in 1998. He entered the hotel and aviation industries and served as a commercial pilot for two years before joining Berry ‘ s staff at Army. A three-sport star from Bloomington (Ill.) High School, Mosely was All-Conference, All-Area, consensus All-State, and a Parade magazine All-America receiver as a prep senior in 1993. As an upperclassman (1992-93), Mosely caught 95 passes for 2,043 yards (21.5-yards per catch) and 27 touchdowns. During his final campaign, he made 56 receptions for 1,271 yards and 15 TDs. As a junior, his team finished 13-2 and reached the Class 5A state playoff semifinals. In track, Mosely was a member on the mile relay unit that placed fifth (1991) and sixth (1992) at the state meet. He is single.
Senior forward Tamara James has been named a 2006 First Team All-ACC selection and junior guard Renee Taylor earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors as voted on by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
A native of Dania, Fla., James led the ACC in scoring throughout the regular season, averaging 20.9 points per game and was the only player in the league to score in double figures in all 27 games. She also led the conference in steals with 3.11 per game and ranked among the league’s top five in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game.
The honor marks the second First Team All-ACC selection for James who was a 2005 honoree. Prior to UM’s move to the ACC last season, James earned First Team All-BIG EAST honors as a junior in 2004 and in 2003 received Second Team All-BIG EAST accolades along with being named a First Team BIG EAST All-Freshman selection.
Taylor, who hails from Harlem, N.Y., ranked sixth in the league in scoring with 15.6 points per game. She finished the regular season fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage (.824) and fourth in steals (2.26 spg).
She becomes the first UM player other than James to earn any type of All-ACC honors in Miami’s two-year existence in the league.