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Florida RB Emmanuel Moody has accepted a senior season that didn't go as well as he had hoped. (Orlando Sentinel photo)
Little has gone the way the Gators wanted this season, something senior running back Emmanuel Moody has come to accept.
A highly touted running back out of Coppell, Texas, Moody spent his first season at USC. With a logjam of running backs in front of him, he transferred to Florida the next season.
Quarterback Tim Tebow led Florida’s rushing attack the past two seasons, and carries were harder to come by. Moody had 58 in each of the past two seasons.
John Brantley took over as quarterback this season, and his passing skills meant he would rely more on the Gators’ running backs to carry the ball. But with a foot injury that has kept Jeff Demps out this season, and injuries slowing Moody and Mike Gillislee, the run game hasn’t developed as they had hoped.
Moody has 66 carries for 265 yards and no touchdowns this season.
“It’s my fifth year now. If I haven’t learned by now, then I won’t ever learn. Injuries is part of the game,” Moody said. “When we’re healthy, we just try to help the team out as much as we can. For the younger guys, it’s really hard on them. The freshmen, the sophomores, and sometimes the juniors, it’s hard on them because they haven’t understood yet and they have these personal goals coming into the season and when an injury takes you out for half the season, it’s real disappointing.”
For his part, Moody says he’s accepted that this season has “hurt” his chances at the NFL. He will graduate Dec. 18 with a degree in family, youth and community science. Moody, a devout Christian, said he still hopes to take football as far as he can before pursuing mission work.
“I don’t really care about statistics. My statistics this year aren’t great, so why really stress now?,” he said. “I’m just ready to finish this year as a team, and beat Florida State.”