Monday, August 27, 2007

Moody Chooses UF, Jamere Holland Not Allowed to do the Same

Former Southern Cal running back Emmanuel Moody has decided on transferring to The University of Florida. Moody was a Parade All-American in his senior year in high school and was ranked as the 9th best running back in the country by Moody said that his decision to leave was a "business decision", which is code for the fact that USC has 5 other Parade All-Americans in the backfield and I want out.

While the Gator offense is not focused on the run game in the traditional sense, it gets the ball in the hands of its play makers. Urban Meyer has said multiple times that he wants a featured back to emerge on the team and wishes he had a featured back. Moody complained about not being the feature back at USC and how he wants to be a feature back, so it seems like a good fit. Moody will have to sit out for a season before he can play for Florida, and when he does start next year the Gators will have a crowded backfield also. The Gators may not have 5 Parade All-Americans, but they do have a couple 4-Star recruits including Chris Rainey and Mon Williams that will be in the backfield next year. Moody should take the job from them and hopefully the competition will be good for everyone.

Moody ran for 459 yards and two touchdowns last year in a crowded backfield. He averaged a team high 5.8 yards per carry, which is almost a full yard better than DeShawn Wynn's 4.9 last season. Moody should finally give Urban that feature back that he has coveted. The addition of another weapon on offense will only make the Gators even more dangerous next year.

While Moody chose UF, his former teammate Jamere Holland was told he would not be let out of his scholarship if he chose to transfer to UF. Holland was dismissed from the team earlier this year and tried to transfer to Oregon, but USC said no because they were in the same conference. USC is now saying that Holland cannot transfer to UF because he former high school coach is now the Director of Football Operations. USC has said that the believe that they believe there may have been some early talking and they won't let him out of his scholarship to go to UF. It is interesting that Moody decided to transfer to UF and now they will not let Holland transfer to the same school. I think USC does not want to lose another good player to Florida.

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