Just what the doctor ordered (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday March 11, 2008 12:36PM; Updated: Tuesday March 11, 2008 1:57PM
It will be a pressure Moody didn't feel at USC. A four-star prospect at Coppell (Texas) High in 2005, Moody originally committed to Texas. But he eventually changed his mind and signed with USC -- along with two other Rivals100 tailbacks.
He played eight full games before an ankle injury ended his true freshman season. Then, an ankle injury sidelined him for nearly all of spring practice in 2007. Meanwhile, USC added two more Rivals100 running backs and one more from the Rivals250, giving the Trojans 10 scholarship tailbacks.
By last August, Moody felt he was lost in the shuffle.
"What the outsiders see is competition, (but) we've got to be realistic," Moody said. "The chances are not open competition. I'm a guy that never backs down from competition, but if you don't get a chance to compete, there's a problem."
This spring, Moody will compete with four others in the Florida backfield. Moody is one of three UF tailbacks from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; the others are senior Kestahn Moore and sophomore Mon Williams. Moore, from Arlington Mansfield Summit, led Florida tailbacks in rushing last season with 580 yards but averaged only eight carries a game. Williams, from Mesquite Horn, missed last season with a torn ACL.
Sophomore Chris Rainey also fought the injury bug when a shoulder injury ended his season after four games. Junior Brandon James, known best for his return abilities, is the other tailback.
Moody must battle through a quadriceps contusion during the spring. But after a long wait, Moody is ready to put some bumps and bruises behind him.
"I've played football for over 10 years," Moody said. "It got to a point where I felt like I was better not watching a game. It was hard to even go to games because it was hard to watch."
If Moody lives up to his billing, the Florida running backs won't be so hard to watch, either.
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