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Spoto's Moate lands first BCS offer

Sleek Spoto rising senior TB Eric Moate, a 1,200-yard rusher last season, said Friday he received an oral scholarship offer from Louisville this week.

It represents Moate's first offer from a BCS school, and fifth overall. FAU, FIU, Ball State and Georgia Southern previously offered, Spartans coach Dale Caparaso confirmed.

An honor student and the reigning Hillsborough County champion in the 100 and 200 meters, Moate (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) gained 1,225 yards on 11 carries last season. According to Caparaso, 35 percent of his carries last fall ended with a stalled-progress whistle, his knees never hitting the ground.

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