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Emmanuel Moody battling injuries, bad luck, but will return



We all know how Florida coach Urban Meyer feels about taking care of the football, so when RB Emmanuel Moody fumbled with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter and didn't return, it prompted one reporter to ask Meyer after the game: "Will we ever see Emmanuel Moody again?''

Obviously, Meyer isn't going to bench the guy all season for one fumble, but he acknowledged this week that Moody's struggles with injuries (he sprained his ankle and missed two weeks of preseason practice), and Saturday's game have had a negative impact on the transfer from Southern Cal. But he will be back, Meyer said.

"He’s dealing with some injury issues, but nothing to keep him out of the game,'' Meyer said. "He’s really down, but he's fine. He came out and practiced (Sunday). He’s a person that wants to do well. Since he got here, he won the starting tailback job at Tennessee last year, and then got hurt. The next two kids came in and played well.  He’s a guy that’s been running hard this year, showed up in training camp and sprained his ankle and was out for two weeks. So I think when you put your mind . . (as) someone who’s whole world is carrying that football and playing at Florida, and then injury, fumble, this and this. I certainly have not lost confidence in him, we’ve just got to get him right.''

Moody is the Gators' third-leading rusher with 10 carries for 98 yards. He is expected to play in this week's game against Tennessee.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:16pm]


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