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Curtis McNeal rises from L.A. projects

The diminutive running back goes from the Pueblo Del Rio projects to USC's backfield

Updated: November 17, 2011, 2:21 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It started in December 2003, when a 5-foot-5, 14-year-old South Los Angeles running back named Curtis 'Moody' McNeal went to the City Section championship game between Carson and Venice High at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Until then, McNeal, a local Pop Warner standout, wanted to go to Dorsey High, where a lot of kids from the Pueblo Del Rio housing project in South L.A. end up going. But his older sister and legal guardian, Sonja McNeal, wouldn't have any of it.

She wanted ...

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