2007: Moody looks to continue his fine debut showing of 2006 as a part-time starting tailback with more playing time in 2007 as a sophomore. He missed most of 2007 spring drills because of a strained hamstring.
2006: As just a first-year freshman in 2006, Moody had an impressive showing at tailback. He started 4 early-season games (Nebraska, Arizona, Washington State, Washington) and was USC's rushing leader in its first 3 games. Overall in 2006 while appearing in 9 games (he sprained his left ankle against Oregon and sat out the California, Notre Dame, UCLA and Michigan games), he had 459 yards (second on USC) on 79 carries (5.8 avg.) with 2 TDs and caught 3 passes for 39 yards (13.0 avg.). He had 5 runs and 1 reception of 20-plus yards. He made 2006 The Sporting News Freshman All-American honorable mention and was named the The Sporting News Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
In the opener at Arkansas, he rushed for a game-high 58 yards on 7 carries with a 9-yard TD. He then started versus Nebraska and ran for a game-best 70 yards on 9 carries. He ran for a game-high 130 yards on 21 carries as the starter at Arizona, with a 9-yard TD run and other runs of 40 and 30 yards (he also lost a yard on a reception) to earn Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week honors. He added 69 yards on 8 carries (including a 48-yard run) at Washington State, 67 yards on 15 rushes versus Washington, 29 yards on 6 carries against Arizona State, 8 yards on 3 carries at Oregon State, 26 yards on 9 rushes and 40 yards on 2 receptions at Stanford and he had a 2-yard carry before spraining his ankle against Oregon.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2005 Parade All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Southwest, Prep Star All-Midlands and All-District first team as a senior running back at Coppell (Tex.) High...He ran for 1,170 yards and 14 TDs in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he was All-District 6-5A first team as he rushed for 1,319 yards with 12 TDs.
EMMANUEL MOODY ON: His expectations: "I came here expecting great things. I came in wanting to be great like the other running back who have played here."
His on-field moves: "That might be from my mom's side, the Asian side. You know, the quickness. I really don't know. It might be the Korean in me. It's just a gift God's blessed me with."
The competition at tailback: "It's good competition, it's healthy. If you can handle it, it can only make you better...The toughest part is practice. I'm going against probably the No. 1 defense in the nation, and they come after you like a bunch of dogs every day. They get me prepared for Saturdays."
His biracial heritage (his father is African American and his mother is Korean American): "When I was younger growing up in a Korean American community in Texas, there was a lot of prejudice. The Korean kids saw me only as a black person. So I was bitter towards them. But as I grew up, as I learned and became more mature, I came to love my Korean side...USC has it all. It's a perfect fit. I've been taken in by the Korean American neighborhoods in Los Angeles. I'm getting a world class education. Being here is helping me understand the world better, helping me grow as a person."
Using football: "I don't want football to use me. I want to use football. I want to find a way to use football, to go beyond the game, to reach and to help people."
WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC head coach Pete Carroll: "He's an explosive guy who can make big plays. He makes people miss, he's explosive, he finishes runs and breaks tackles. He makes some things happen that are unique."
Former USC All-American wide receiver Steve Smith: "He's so slippery. He's so explosive. He's a game-breaker. When he gets more confidence, he could be a great player...He reminds me of a young Reggie Bush. He explodes through the line. He makes huge plays and long runs."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH EMMANUEL MOODY