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Does UF need Moody for the home stretch?

GAINESVILLE -- The first player off the practice field on Sunday night was one of the last players off the playing field on Saturday. And he was still running.

Redshirt sophomore Emmanuel Moody sprinted past reporters on Sunday evening. The running back's cleats smacked against the pavement outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as he dashed from practice field to football facility, thunderous proof that the high-ankle sprain he suffered more than a month ago against Ole Miss is behind him. Not that Moody needed to offer any more evidence. He led the Gators in rushing on Saturday with 71 yards on seven carries despite entering the game late -- UF's second offensive series of the fourth quarter.

Moody made his Cocktail Party debut after the celebratory corks had already popped but he offered his coaches an important message all the same: Don't forget about me.

Take away Moody's 71 rushing yards and UF only had 113 on Saturday. Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps were UF's first options out of the backfield against UGA but they were shut down and only combined to rush for 30 yards on 13 carries. Meanwhile, Moody averaged 10.1 yards per carry.

Now, I'm fully aware that Moody's carries came against a defeated Georgia defense that had already quit by the fourth quarter. But from the press box, Moody looked like one of the Gators' best offensive options regardless of the situation. He was certainly the best running back at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Saturday and that includes UGA running back Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries.

Everyone is aware that UF coach Urban Meyer is infatuated with running backs the size of Micro Machines. It wouldn't be a bad idea to fall in love with Moody during the final four games of the regular season. He could be the key to winning the SEC.

Beat writers who cover the Gators were offering their predictions for bowl-game scenarios last night before UF's practice ended. Assuming most people who read this blog want Florida to end up in Dolphin Stadium for the BCS national championship, give me your scenario for how that happens. Here's mine...

1. Obviously, UF can't lose another game.
2. Texas Tech loses to Oklahoma State but beats Oklahoma.
3. Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma.
4. Alabama enters the SEC championship game undefeated and still No.1 in the BCS
5. UF defeats Alabama in the SEC championship game.
6. UF plays Penn State in the title game

A win for the Gators against No.1 Alabama will put UF in the title game if the Big 12 South shakes out the way I outlined. This, of course, is just my opinion. It's also my opinion that a one-loss Oklahoma team will play in the title game before a one-loss UF team. UF gets in over a one-loss Oklahoma State team or one-loss Texas Tech.

UF cornerback Joe Haden was named SEC defensive player of the week by league officials. Haden's interception led to UF's 21-3 in the second half and signaled the beginning of the end for UGA. To read more about Haden's honor CLICK ME!

According to a Sporting News Today columnist, Urban Meyer's wife did all the talking for her husband after UF 49, UGA 10. CLICK ME!



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