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In my opinion: Former USC running back will be a Gator

GAINESVILLE -- Just a "reporter's hunch," but expect former University of Southern California running back Emmanuel Moody to be enrolled at Florida come Monday. Moody, who started four games and appeared in nine his freshman season at USC, visited Gainesville on Thursday and attended the Gators' practice.

"USC is all about the rotation, getting everybody sharing time," said Moody, who was also considering North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Texas and Oklahoma State. "I want to be the featured back."

EmmanuelmoodyMoody, who was USC's second-leading rusher last season, will get his shot next year with the Gators. Expect an announcement either Monday or Tuesday. In the meantime, check out this YouTube link of Moody as a high school running back. He's pretty sick. CLICK THIS LINK. (Sorry for the music. Those silly USC fans.)

The addition of Moody will spark an immediate (friendly) rivalry with Florida running back Kestahn Moore. Moody and Moore played in the same pee-wee football league in Dallas, Texas.

"I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing," Moore said. "We've still got running backs here, so there's always going to be competition. It's nothing new to me. I'm always ready for competition."

In other news...

--Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Saturday that freshman Joe Haden will start at cornerback next Saturday against Western Kentucky. Meyer said Haden was one of the five fastest players on the team.

--Other freshmen defenders who will likely see the field against Western Kentucky include safety Major Wright and defensive linemen Carlos Dunlap, Justin Trattou, Duke Lemmens and Torrey Davis. 

--The eligibility of freshman defensive tackle John Brown is still pending. Meyer said Brown will not play against Western Kentucky even if cleared next week by the NCAA.   



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