Moody on the January 2007 cover of KoreAm
|No. -- Free Agent|
|Date of birth:February 21, 1987|
|Place of birth: Heidelberg, Germany|
|Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)|
|Undrafted in 2011|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2011|
Emmanuel Moody (born February 21, 1987 in Heidelberg, Germany) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for the University of Florida (UF) Gators football team.
Moody was born to Young Sun (née Chang) as the youngest of three children, raised in the Dallas, Texas area. His father left the family early, leaving him to be raised by his mother and his grandmother, Han Soon Chang. And Moody's uncle began helping him practice and train for football after seeing how well he performed in pee wee football.
Physically a late bloomer, coaches initially hesitated to put him in the running back role that he desired. When his family moved to the suburb of Coppell, Texas, Coppell High School already had a highly regarded senior running back, one of the best in school history, and asked the sophomore Moody to spend a season at wide receiver. After insistence by himself and his uncle, Moody was allowed to play running back at the junior varsity level. During that time, Moody grew taller and put on 25 pounds. His junior season saw him rise to the varsity team where he finished the season with 1,319 yards and 12 touchdowns. His abilities attracted interest from a number of prominent college football programs, notably Texas, Miami and Southern California. Moody originally verbally committed to Texas, but USC linebacker coach Ken Norton was able to eventually persuade Moody to change his commitment to the Trojans, enticing him to the challenge of competing against a number of other talented running backs.
University of Southern California (2006–2007)
Moody started his college career at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. As a true freshman, Moody was the second leading rusher in the 2006 season, gaining 458 yards on 79 carries in a rotating platoon of running backs. He was named the Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year in 2006.
The Trojans entered their 2007 fall training camp with a high number of scholarship running backs (10), all of which were highly touted recruits; in August, midway through camp, Moody announced he was transferring from USC. Looking to be a featured player, Moody stated he had "felt forgotten" coming into training camp because of an ankle injury that forced him to sit out the Trojans' last four games of the 2006 season and a hamstring injury that caused him to sit out nearly all of spring practice; he then bruised his knee at a mid-camp scrimmage and had to sit out further. After looking at several schools, including Oklahoma State and North Carolina, Moody transferred to the University of Florida.
University of Florida (2007–2010)
As required by NCAA transfer rules, Moody was forced to sit out the 2007 season with the Florida Gators; but was permitted to practice with the scout team. Welcomed by a team that needed a power running back to relieve quarterback Tim Tebow, Moody had some difficulties adapting to the spread offense used by the Gators. He had 58 carries for 379 yards in the 2009 season and 66 carries for 265 yards in 2010. Moody participated in the Gator Pro Day but was not drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.
On July 26, 2011 Moody signed with the Buffalo Bills. He was released on August 5.
- David Wharton, "Favorite Uncle," Los Angeles Times (October 4, 2006). Retrieved July 12, 2008.
- Mark Schlabach, "USC transfer Moody laboring in Florida's spread offense," ESPN.com (April 9, 2008). Retrieved September 8, 2008.
- Gary Klein, "Off the Deep End," August 17, 2007). Retrieved July 3, 2008.
- Gary Klein, "Tailback Moody to transfer," Los Angeles Times (August 16, 2007). Retrieved July 3, 2008.
- Joe Schad, "Moody says he will transfer to Gator country," ESPN.com (August 27, 2007). Retrieved May 30, 2008.