NCAA Grants Mo Plancher Sixth Year of Eligibility

March 03, 2010
Andy Gregory

TAMPA -- University of South Florida senior Moise Plancher, who led all Bulls' running backs with 581 yards in 2009, received a sixth-year of eligibility from the NCAA on Wednesday afternoon.

USF applied for a medical hardship waiver for Plancher, who entered college in the fall of 2005 with an injury that required a shoulder reconstruction.

"I have a list of people I want to thank, but at the top of the list has to be (USF Assistant AD for Compliance) Rick Stumpf and (head trainer) Steve Walz for working so hard to get all of my paperwork submitted," said Plancher.  "I have to thank the NCAA for granting me another year and the whole USF family for showing support and believing in me. 

"I am very excited about this upcoming year and I am going to do my best to help this team achieve its goal of a BIG EAST Championship."

Plancher has rushed for 946 career yards and 11 touchdowns in his career.  He was the featured back for much of the 2009 season and contributed 322 yards as a junior in 2008.

Plancher will have plenty of competition for carries at the running back position with six other scholarship backs returning - Bradley Battles, Richard Kelly, Lindsey Lamar, Demetris Murray, Aston Samuels and Jamar Taylor - as well as three signees joining the team - Marcus Shaw, Michael Hayes and Tiger Powell.

The Bulls begin spring practices on March 16 and will hold the annual Spring Game at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. Eastern. Admission to the spring game is free.

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