FOUR BITS: Moody ready; Tebow respected; NFL

By Adam Silverstein
October 15, 2009

1 » Sure, he’s hard more yards. He has certainly received more carries. Yet Saturday night in Death Valley, Florida Gators junior transfer running back Emmanuel Moody had his coming out party. Maybe it was the scene or maybe it was the importance of the game. In reality, it was the dominating nature at which Moody carved up the LSU Tigers defense to the tune of seven yards per carry (he’s averaging 9.6 YPC). Being unselfish, responsible and perseverant has gotten Moody to this point, and he does not plan on letting go. “It feels good just to be contributing this year,” Moody said. ” This year I feel more confident in what I’m doing, and it just feels great to be playing good ball right now.”

2 » Leadership, strength, character, talent, ability and faith are all qualities attributed to Florida senior quarterback Tim Tebow. One trait that may be overlooked in regard to Tebow is his teamwork. A highly publicized and highly regarded former Heisman Trophy winner, Tebow has received plenty of criticism and doubt about his future in the NFL. Instead of using his senior season to boost his stats, show off for scouts and improve his draft stock, Tebow’s only goal is to give the Gators an undefeated season that culminates in a National Championship. “I don’t think an NFL coach or a scout is going to say, ‘Ah, you know, he did a bad job because he didn’t throw,'” Tebow said about Florida’s run-first offense this year. “No, he did what he was asked. They’ll probably look at that and say, ‘He did what he was asked to the best of his ability, and he did it OK.'”

3 » While we’re on Tebow, the respect he has earned over his career comes from all angles – even opposing coaches who are charged with trying to stop him. Arkansas Razorbacks defensive coordinator Willy Robinson knows all too well how dangerous Tebow can be. “His nature is to compete and compete and compete until the final bell.” Robinson told The Morning News. Robinson is one of those coaches who refers to opposing players only by their numbers – well, maybe not all players. “He’s No. 15, but with great respect. I know who the young man is. He’s a fabulous football player. I admire the heck out of him. I think we all do.”

4 » Gators in the NFL: Tennessee Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse was listed as inactive for Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Finding out just 90 minutes before kickoff, the 11-year veteran left LP Field and went home, drawing the ire of head coach Jeff Fisher, but no fine from the team or league. […] New York Jets cornerback Lito Sheppard is finally healthy from a quadriceps injury and is ready to play on Sunday after returning to practice Wednesday. “I’m back,” Sheppard said. “I actually could have played [Monday night].”


  1. Sarasota 'cane says:

    As a teen, Chuck Norris impregnated every nun in a convent. Nine months later the nun’s gave birth to the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only undefeated team in NFL history!

  2. Daniel M. says:

    I like Moody and really want to see him succeed. He carried six times for 42 yards against LSU. Decent numbers but I wouldn’t say he “carved up” the Tigers. While the yards per carry are impressive, UF’s offense blocks incredibly well. He benefited from that.

    12-15 carries 100+ yards, maybe a reception or two. That would be a carving up in my mind.

  3. Really? Six carries for 42 yards is seven yards per carry. 15 carries for 105 yards is seven yards per carry. If you extrapolated his carries, he would have had your 100+ yards. Therefore, by your definition, either way, he carved up the defense. It is called literary license. And that’s not even taking into consideration the runs themselves. Numbers aren’t everything – look at what he did on those carries. 🙂

  4. Gatormiami says:

    When Meyer & Addazio decide to really use Moody, the Gator offense will become dominant… They weren’t vs LSU. Can you spell anemia

  5. Daniel M. says:

    “the Gator offense will become dominant… ”

    Number two rushing offense and top ten in just about every other category. I’d say that’s dominant. They rushed for 193 against LSU. Anemic?

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