Cutthroat positional battles the norm at elite schools

Originally Published: August 17, 2007
By Billy Tucker | Scouts Inc.
With a recent picture on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated and entering pre-season camp as one of the top returning rushers on arguably the top college team, one would assume USC sophomore tailback Emmanuel Moody would be feeling pretty good about his job security.

That's not the case.

Joe McKnight
AP Photo/Alex BrandonUSC's depth chart at running back is ten deep and has Joe McKnight, last year's top overall prospect, waiting in the wings.
A disgruntled Moody will transfer after the former Texas prep star fell on the depth chart after missing time since suffering a bruised knee. Unfortunately, when you are playing for one of the elite programs in the country, there is positional depth. For USC at tailback, that depth has reached 10 players -- 10 quality players.

Billy Tucker

Scouts, Football Recruiting
• Recruiting coordinator for ESPN RecruitingNation.
• Nearly a decade of college coaching experience.
• Was recruiting coordinator at nationally-ranked Division II colleges.