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Knowshon Moreno

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 217 | College: Georgia
 
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Overview

One can only wonder how many Georgia and Southeastern Conference records Moreno might have broken if he decided to stay in school for four full seasons. In just two campaigns with the Bulldogs, he ranks sixth on the school career record list for rushing attempts (498), rushing yardage (2,734) and rushing touchdowns (30), as he also ranked seventh in conference annals by averaging 105.15 yards per game on the ground, the second-best career average by a Bulldog.

Even though he started just six times in 2007, Moreno's 1,334 yards rushing rank sixth on the school's single-season record list and was the second-highest total by a Georgia freshman. His 1,400 yards rushing in 2008 rank fifth on the Bulldogs annual record chart and rank behind Herschel Walker as the second-best season total by a sophomore. Known as the team's workhorse, he averaged 19.15 rushing attempts per game, the second-most career total in school annals.

Moreno joined Herschel Walker (1980-82) as the only players in school history to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The fifth Bulldog to reach 2,000 yards rushing, he has also proven to be a capable receiving target. In 26 games, he pulled down 53 passes for 645 yards (12.2 avg) and two scores, finishing his career with 3,409 all-purpose yards, an average of 131.12 yards per game.

At Middletown South High School, Moreno earned EA Sports and Prep Star All-American honors. He was rated the 10th-best running back in the country and the third-best overall prospect in the state of New Jersey by Rivals.com, a recruiting service that also listed him as a member of their Rivals Top 100 List. He led the team to three state titles.

Moreno concluded his career with 782 points scored on a total of 128 touchdowns, setting the state prep records. As a senior, he rushed for 1,808 yards on 185 carries and scored 43 times in 10 games. His 6,268 career rushing yards is second all-time in New Jersey.

Moreno enrolled at Georgia in 2006, spending the season performing on the scout team. With the offense struggling in 2007 fall camp, the fans and media started buzzing about the redshirt freshman who was simply dazzling in scrimmages. He worked his way up the depth chart and many were calling for the staff to insert him into the lineup to begin the season.

Georgia's running game has been predicated on diversity, as no running back knew who was going to get the ball when. There was supposed to be a change of pace, an element of surprise to it all. But the truth of the matter was the pace never reached breakneck speed. Georgia's running game plodded instead of plowed. Then, along came Moreno.

Before the 2007 season opener, Georgia coach Mark Richt said, "Knowshon Moreno, I know when you get to watch the kid practice every day and see what he does, it gets you excited. He is a very vibrant guy. He could be a gymnast. You can't hide his enthusiasm for life. He will light up his team with his energy level. He will jump over a guy standing on his feet and score. He has got speed, power and agility. People have to respect his power. If (the defense) sends a guy full-speed to try and get him, Knowshon will make them miss."

Moreno waited patently for his opportunity, coming off the bench behind Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin for the first six games of the 2007 campaign. Brown would get injured and instead of turning to Lumpkin, Moreno was inserted into the starting lineup vs. Vanderbilt. After racing for 157 yards on 28 carries vs. the Commodores, all other Bulldog runners lined up behind the redshirt freshman on the depth chart.

He would go on to gain 1,334 yards with 14 touchdowns on 248 carries (5.3 avg). That yardage total was the second-best by a Bulldog first-year player and third among Southeastern Conference freshman in a campaign. He also made 20 catches for 253 yards (12.6 avg) and averaged 122.08 all-purpose yards per game.

Leg cramps in the season opener and a deep elbow bruise vs. Alabama could not slow down the Moreno Express in 2008. The All-American overcame those bumps and bruises to carry the ball 250 times for 1,400 yards (5.6 avg), the fifth-best season total (second among sophomores) in school annals. More involved in the passing game, he snatched 33 passes for 392 yards (11.9 avg) and a pair of scores, piling up 108 points. His average of 107.69 yards per game rushing led the Southeastern Conference, and his 16 scoring runs tied for fourth-best on the school single-season record chart.

Analysis

Positives: Tight-skinned athlete with good overall musculature. Good quickness to the hole. Reads the defense and anticipates where the hole, including cutback lanes, will appear. Exceptional lateral quickness and elusiveness in tight quarters. Very rarely tackled by the first defender. Good acceleration past the initial wave of defense and into the secondary. Good spin and stiff arm, and has phenomenal leaping ability to jump over tacklers. Attacks the line of scrimmage and is a tougher interior runner than given credit for. Can drop his shoulders and has good leg drive. Runs through a lot of tackles due to his competitive drive and toughness. Keeps his legs churning and will spin away from tackles. Soft hands for the reception. Natural receiver who poses intriguing possibilities to be split out wide. Good quickness and effort as a route-runner; isn't just a threat on dump-offs in the flat or screens. Provides a pop in pass protection. Extreme competitor who can put the team on his shoulders. Wants the ball with the game on the line.

Negatives: Questionable top-end speed. Lacks the prototype size and bulk some teams are looking for in a bell-cow runner.

Compares To: JOSEPH ADDAI, Indianapolis -- Like Addai, Moreno might lack blazing speed but he is a physical inside runner whose field vision, redirection agility and leg drive allows him to break tackles and get positive yardage up the gut. He is not much of a dancer in the backfield and shows good route running skills and hands to be an every-down back. Like Addai and Buffalo's Marshawn Lynch, his best asset is his ability to handle a variety of running back roles, rather than be limited as a specialist.

Scouting Report

GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 7.74

Body Structure: Moreno has a solid build with good upper body muscle definition, thick thighs and high calves. He has broad shoulders, good chest thickness and a frame that can carry another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness.

Athletic Ability: Moreno might lack explosion in his initial step, but he runs with a normal stride and shows steady acceleration and a short-area burst to compensate for a lack of blazing speed. He runs with very good balance and has the foot quickness to redirect on the move. He is not a sudden runner around the corner, but shows very good patience waiting for blocks to develop. He can generate a second gear to separate in the open and has the nimble feet needed to make precise lateral cuts. His loose hips and change of direction agility makes him very elusive avoiding traffic. He has nice feet and above average balance in his initial burst, doing a nice job of getting skinny to pick his way through tight creases. He keeps his feet after contact and has the pick-and-slide agility to elude when running in-line. He runs with a normal stride, but is very crisp redirecting on the move. GRADE: 7.5

Football Sense: Moreno has no problem learning and retaining plays. He has good football instincts and no problems making quick adjustments to the defensive coverage. He has a very good understanding of the offense and blocking schemes. He shows the vision to locate the soft areas in the zone and shows no hesitation redirecting when the rush lanes are clogged. He has a natural feel with the ball in his hands, doing a fine job of anticipating in-line openings. He has no problems taking plays from the chalkboard to the playing field. GRADE: 7.9

Character: Moreno is a highly competitive sort who needs to control and tone down his celebration antics on the field, but has developed into a solid leader by example type. He is a quiet sort, respectful of his elders and has no known off-field issues. GRADE: 7.3

Competitiveness: Moreno shows good toughness and will aggressively take on a tackler and compete in a game. He is a very competitive player who will never shy away from contact. He is a very effective blocker and a tough inside runner who loves to challenge the defender in one-on-one situations. He will aggressively take on a tackler and will sacrifice his body to compete for the pass over the middle. He will lower his head and drive hard with his legs after initial contact. He can bounce off tackles and shows good body lean to gain yardage. GRADE: 8.3

Work Habits: Moreno is not the type who needs to be monitored or have his buttons pushed. He has good natural ability and strength (not overpowering), but still works hard to improve all areas of his game. He is a hard worker in the training room who takes well to hard coaching. He is a mentally tough character who doesn't let some mistakes take him out of his game. He is a high motor type who likes playing on special teams. He has natural strength and quickness, but will put in the extra hours to improve in those areas. He is a self-starter, leader by example type who has pushed himself throughout his career. He is highly respected by his teammates and staff, bringing a good attitude into the locker room with his work ethic and ability to keep the players loose. GRADE: 7.7

ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 7.52

Initial Quickness: Moreno has adequate suddenness off the snap, but shows good in-stride quickness to adjust in his direction and the loose hips and vision to change direction to find the cutback lanes. He has that extra short-area burst to get through traffic and comes out of his stance building to top speed in a hurry. He might not be explosive going long distances, but has the loose hips to redirect and separate. He shows good in-stride quickness when adjusting his direction and can clear the line of scrimmage in an instant when he keeps his pad level down. He has good body lean, but sometimes gets too high in his stance when attempting to race into the second level, failing to sidestep low blocks in the process. GRADE: 7.0

Acceleration/Burst: Moreno has a quick burst and maintains acceleration on extended runs. He might lack blazing speed, but his quickness makes him competitive. He has that body control and balance, along with loose hips to redirect and separate in the open. He doesn't have that explosion to win foot races vs. cornerbacks, but has the moves to set up the defender and elude. GRADE: 7.4

Instincts/Balance: Moreno has very good vision on the move, instantly finding the cutback lanes. He is not the type who will dance forever in the backfield, doing a very good job of angling and getting skinny to get through tight areas. He has the ability to bounce off the tackle and make the initial defender miss, but tends to redirect to the outside more often than he should and that has led to a high amount of poor carries (tackled for a loss 22 times and stopped for no gain 35 times in 2008). He is a patient runner who gets most of his success because of his feel for the rush lanes, as it is rare to see him run into traffic. He does a very good job of setting up his blocks and shows no hesitation running through openings when he locates them. GRADE: 8.2

Inside Running: Moreno runs inside with very good body lean and awareness, especially when picking and sliding. His short-area burst lets him bounce to the outside when the middle is clogged. He is a good downhill runner with the slippery moves and change of direction agility to get through trash. He knows how to get skinny through tight creases, but needs to improve his leg drive. He runs with good awareness and body lean, but also has the agility to bounce outside when he generates a short burst. He compensates for a lack of raw power (strength is functional) with his balance and body control running up the middle. GRADE: 8.6

Outside Running: Moreno doesn't have the pure speed to beat the secondary defenders after turning the corner, but he does have good success starting upfield and bouncing outside, thanks to his quick burst. He is a very good stop-and-go runner whose precise cutting agility will generally see the initial tackler over-pursue. He will sometimes get too fancy and execute multiple moves, allowing the defender to recover, but he generally does a good job of following his blockers. He just needs to follow those blocks better to have success as an outside runner. GRADE: 7.2

Elusiveness: Moreno is much more effective eluding defenders with his lateral slide and veer moves, combining them with his burst, but will never be confused for being a nifty outside runner. He is much more slippery than explosive in his stride. When he tries to make multiple moves in space, the defense has time to recover. His range and cutback agility will generally take the defenders off their feet. GRADE: 7.7

Tackle-Breaking Strength: Moreno runs with a good pad level and has the strength on contact to break tackles, showing excellent balance and leg drive. He can push the pile on a consistent basis and is a savvy, hard-charging runner with good body control. He squares his shoulders and keeps his pad level down, making it tough for the isolated tackler to bring him down. His balance lets him keep his feet, redirect and race through the cutback lanes to gain additional yardage after contact. He can be tripped up when he gets too tall in his stance, as he does not always protect his feet from shoestring tackles. When he lowers his head, squares his shoulders and keeps his balance, he will consistently chew up big chunks of real estate. GRADE: 7.7

Tendency to Fumble: As a freshman, this looked like an area that could have been a problem, but he reduced his fumbles by 50 percent as a sophomore. He does a much better job of protecting and holding on to the ball in traffic and upon contact since he has learned how to distribute the ball better to keep it away from the defenders to prevent fumbles. He protects the ball better running through traffic than when bouncing outside, but still struggles some when handling pitch-outs. GRADE: 7.2

Receiving Skills: Moreno has soft, natural hands, doing a good job of catching the ball outside his frame. He has the vision to look the ball in over his outside shoulder and the cutting agility to separate after the catch. He is used mostly on controlled routes, but has the quick stride to be lined wide or in the slot. He is very effective settling in underneath and is alert to coverages (very rare to see him run into crowded spots). GRADE: 7.7

Route Running : Moreno shows good route quickness and burst to get under the throws. He appears to look fluid getting into his routes. He knows where to find the soft areas to settle under and has a good upfield stride to gain yardage after the catch. He shows good acceleration throughout his route progression and the flexibility to adjust to off-target throws. GRADE: 7.5

Blocking Ability: Moreno is a willing blocker with a good eye for picking up the blitz. He shows good intent and aggression chipping on edge rushers and gives the quarterback enough room to operate when protecting the pocket. He will not hesitate to face up and fight for position blocking in-line and makes a determined effort to engage. He is a good contact seeker in space, taking good angles when cut blocking. The only thing he does not have much experience at is as a lead blocker. GRADE: 6.5

Compares To: JOSEPH ADDAI, Indianapolis -- Like Addai, Moreno might lack blazing speed but he is a physical inside runner whose field vision, redirection agility and leg drive allows him to break tackles and get positive yardage up the gut. He is not much of a dancer in the backfield and shows good route running skills and hands to be an every-down back. Like Addai and Buffalo's Marshawn Lynch, his best asset is his ability to handle a variety of running back roles, rather than be limited as a specialist.

OVERALL GRADE: 7.56

--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas

Career Notes

In 26 games at Georgia, Moreno started 19 games, rushing for 2,734 yards with 30 touchdowns on 498 carries (5.49 avg) … Also caught 53 passes for 645 yards (12.2 avg) and two scores, adding 30 yards on a pair of punt returns, as he gained 3,409 all-purpose yards, an average of 131.12 yards per game … His 498 carries rank sixth on the school career record list and his average of 19.15 rushing attempts per game are topped only by Herschel Walker's SEC record average of 30.1 (1980-82) … His 2,734 yards rushing rank fourth in school annals, topped by Walker (SEC record 5,259 yards), Garrison Hearst (3,232; 1990-92) and Lars Tate (3,017; 1984-87) … Moreno's average of 105.15 yards rushing per game rank behind Walker (159.36 ypg) in Georgia history and placed seventh on the SEC's career record chart … Ranks fourth in school history with 30 rushing touchdowns, surpassed by Walker (SEC record 49), Tate (36) and Hearst (33, 1990-92) … His average of 5.49 yards per rushing attempt rank seventh in school annals … Averaged 131.12 all-purpose yards per game, the eighth-best total in conference history … Ranks second on the school single-season record list for yards rushing by a freshman (sixth overall) with 1,334 yards in 2007, topped only by Walker (1,616 in 1982) in Bulldog annals and ranks behind Walker and Jamal Lewis of Tennessee (1,364 in 1996) on the SEC freshman record list … His 1,400 yards rushing in 2008 also rank second on the school sophomore season chart (fifth overall) behind Walker (SEC record 1,891 in 1981) … Gained more than 100 yards rushing 13 times during his career, ranking behind Walker (28) and Hearst (16) on the school record books … His 250 rushing attempts in 2008 rank sixth and his 248 attempts in 2007 rank seventh on Georgia's single-season record list … His 16 touchdowns rushing in 2008 tied Frank Sinkwich (1942), Walker (1982) and Tate (1986) for fourth on the Bulldog annual record chart behind Hearst (SEC record 19 in 1992), Walker (18 in 1981) and Tim Worley (17 in 1988) … His average of 5.6 yards per rushing attempt in 2008 placed third on the school single-season record list, surpassed by Hearst (SEC record 6.79-yard average in 1992) and Walker (5.9-yard average, 1980) … Gained 1,822 all-purpose yards in 2008, the fourth-best season total in Georgia annals behind Walker (2,067 in 1981; 1,877 in 1982) and Hearst (1,910 in 1992).

2008 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and the American Football Coaches' Association, adding second-team honors from the Associated Press, Phil Steele and Walter Camp Foundation … Named to College Football News' All-Sophomore first-team and was a unanimous first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick … Finalist for the Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back) and semi-finalist for the Maxwell Award (top player in the country) … Earned team Most Valuable Offensive Player Award honors … Only the second player in school history to rush for over 1,000-yards in back-to-back seasons, joining Herschel Walker (1980-82) … Despite suffering leg cramps in the season opener vs. Georgia Southern and a deep elbow bruise vs. Alabama, Moreno started all thirteen games, leading the team with 250 carries for 1,400 yards (5.6 avg) and sixteen touch-downs … His 250 rushing attempts rank sixth on the school single-season record list, as his 1,400 yards rank fifth and his sixteen scores rank tied for fourth on the Georgia single-season record charts … Led the conference with an average of 107.69 yards per game rushing … Caught 33 passes for 392 yards (11.9 avg) and a pair of touchdowns, adding 30 yards on two punt returns … Ranked second in the league with an average of 140.15 all-purpose yards per game … Produced 65 first down runs on 250 attempts (26.0%), as he converted 9 of 24 third-down rushing attempts (37.5%) … Had 51 carries for at least 10 yards, including 15 for 20 yards or longer … Had 44 positive runs inside the red zone, including 22 on goal-line plays … Tackled for a loss 22 times and stopped for no gain on 35 other carries … Had key rushes that set up 22 touchdown drives and five series that ended with field goals … 18 of his 33 receptions (54.55%) produced first downs, including converting 8 of 11 third-down passes … Had seven receptions for 20 yards or longer, setting up nine touchdown drives with his catches … Pulled down 33 of 39 passes thrown to him (84.62%) … Earned SEC Player of the Week honors vs. Central Michigan and Louisiana State.

2008 Game Analysis

Georgia Southern … Moreno carried the ball only eight times vs. Georgia Southern, but he turned those carries into 59 yards and three touchdowns, which tied his career high for touchdowns (vs. both Florida and Troy in 2007) … The tailback also chipped in with two receptions for 53 yards … "It was fun to finally get out there and make some plays. We have to go back and look at the tape and learn from our mistakes. Mainly, it felt good to be back on the field. We ran the ball hard and made some plays. We have confidence knowing that we have three people who can run the ball and make plays," said Moreno after the game … n Georgia's opening drive, Moreno broke off a 14-yard run that resulted in a first down and followed it with a 1-yard touchdown run later in the series … Later in the quarter, Moreno picked up a first down on a 16-yard reception from backup quarterback Joe Cox … In the closing minutes of the first half, starting quarterback Matthew Stafford completed a 37-yard pass to the tailback, setting up the Bulldog offense in Georgia Southern territory … Moreno capitalized on the field position by punching the ball into the end zone from the 3-yard line with 0:24 remaining in the first half … The Georgia tailback's third touchdown of the afternoon occurred in the opening minute of the second half, when he broke free for a 24-yard touchdown run … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#10-Quentin Taylor (6:00-240)-Five tackles (4 solos), one sack for a 2-yard loss … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 59 of the team's 212 rushing yards and scored all three of the team's rushing touchdowns. He had five first-down runs, two first-down receptions, and two of his carries occurred on goal-line plays. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on two of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Central Michigan … The redshirt sophomore tailback produced a SportsCenter highlight moment late in the third quarter when he hurdled would-be tackler Vince Agnew without breaking stride and continued downfield for a 29-yard gain. "It's all about instincts. The offensive line came down field and made some big blocks. [Matthew] Stafford came down and made a big block for me. It was just something that happened. It was all about feel and instinct," said Moreno of his highlight run … Moreno's hurdle of Agnew was just one notable play of many in an afternoon that produced 168 yards rushing and three touch-downs on 18 carries, as well as an additional 30 yards on three receptions … Moreno's 168 yards on the ground was his seventh 100-yard game, giving him 1,561 yards in his Georgia career … On Georgia's first offensive series, the tailback broke off a 19-yard run on third down that gave the Bulldogs a first down and set them up inside CMU's 10-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Matt Stafford threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to receiver Mohamed Massaquoi for a 7-0 lead … Later in the first quarter, Moreno converted a 3rd-&-15 play with a 22-yard reception … In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Moreno set up another Georgia touchdown by sprinting for a 28-yard gain and placing the ball inside the red zone … Midway through the second quarter, the tailback received three straight goal-line runs before finally finding the end zone from the 1-yard line on third down, giving the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead … At the 12:40 mark in the third quarter, Moreno took a pitch on a sweep around right end, burst upfield and stiff-armed defensive back Eric Fraser, before crashing off the pylon for a 52-yard touchdown … The running back's third touchdown of the afternoon, a 21-yard run, capped an 11-play, 99-yard drive at the end of the third quarter by the Georgia offense. The play was made possible by Moreno's 29-yard run on a 3rd-&-14 play earlier in the drive … The three-score performance was Moreno's second straight and the fourth of his career (Florida and Troy, 2007; Georgia Southern, 2008), and his three receptions also tied a career high … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#43-Nick Bellore (6:01-232)-Four tackles (1 solo) and one pass deflection … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 168 of the team's 263 rushing yards and scored three of the team's five rushing touchdowns. He had six first-down runs, three of which converted third downs, one first-down reception, four carries of over 20 yards, one carry of over 10 yards, and three carries that occurred on goal-line plays. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on five of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

South Carolina … Yardage was hard to come by for Moreno vs. the Gamecocks, but the tailback came up big when the Bulldogs needed him, taking a third-quarter Matt Stafford handoff to his left, before cutting back to the middle of the field. Though his feet lost traction, Moreno was able to steady himself with his right hand and slip past South Carolina defenders for his sole touchdown of the evening and a 14-7 Georgia lead that would hold up for the rest of the ballgame … Said Moreno: "I definitely came close to slipping, but since I've been working on those drills, it really showed in the game." Moreno finished with 20 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown, the first Georgia touchdown in eight quarters vs. the Gamecocks, and added two receptions for 13 yards … A Blair Walsh 42-yard field goal at 10:22 in the second quarter was set up by a pair of 11-yard runs by Moreno, one of which converted a third down in South Carolina territory … Midway through the third quarter, Moreno display his deft balance on his magnificent 4-yard touchdown run … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#52-Jasper Brinkley (6:02-275)-Seven tackles (5 solos), one stop for a 2-yard loss, and one sack for an 8-yard loss … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 79 of the team's 106 rushing yards and scored the team's only rushing touchdown. He tallied six first-down runs, including two third-down conversions, three carries of over 10 yards, and two carries that occurred on the goal line. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on four of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Arizona State … Moreno finished with 149 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, none of which were as noteworthy as his first carry of the second quarter, when he took the hand-off at the 9-yard line, sped around the right tackle, and went airborne from the 4-yard line, into the end zone, to cap a 10-play, 91-yard drive … Said Georgia head coach Mark Richt of Moreno's performance: "[He] did some special things, no doubt, but I think that he had a little bit of a rough time with the field. It seemed like it was a little bit slippery for him. I don't know if that is what we would call Winter Rye Grass where we're from. The field was a little bit slick and you could see that when he tried to make some of the cuts that he likes to make. Overall, he played a very good team" … The 149-yard performance was the eighth 100-yard game of Moreno's career and his second of the season … Midway through the second quarter, following a fumble by Arizona State tailback Dimitri Nance, Moreno found a gaping hole in the middle of the Sun Devils' defensive line and burst through for a 3-yard touchdown and a 14-0 Georgia lead … In the third quarter, Blair Walsh's 29-yard field goal was set up, in part, by a 27-yard scamper by Moreno, which put the Bulldog offense in Arizona State territory … In the waning minutes of the ball game, with the game safely in hand, Moreno broke off runs of 30 and 21 yards … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#47-Gerald Munns (6:04-238)-Three tackles (1 solo) … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The running back gained 149 of the team's 176 rushing yards and scored both of the team's two rushing touchdowns. He registered seven first-down runs, one of which converted a third down, three carries of over 20 yards, three carries of over 10 yards, and six goal-line carries. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on seven of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Alabama … If there was one redeeming factor in Georgia's otherwise disappointing 41-30 loss to the Crimson Tide it was the 2-yard touchdown run by Moreno with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter. The score was the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Alabama defense this season, a span of 26 quarters that included the Tide's victory over Colorado in last season's Independence Bowl … Moreno finished that game with nine carries for 34 yards and one touchdown and added three receptions for 14 yards … The tailback capped the 10-play, 58 scoring drive by taking the handoff form quarterback Matthew Stafford and sprinting to the left corner of the end zone, reducing Alabama's lead to 31-10 … Moreno's only other play of note during the ball game occurred midway through the first quarter, when the tailback caught a 13-yard pass from Stafford for a first down that put the Bulldog offense at midfield … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#25-Rolando McClain (6:04-249)-Five tackles (4 solos), one-half stop for a 2-yard loss … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 34 of the team's 50 rushing yards and scored the team's only rushing touchdown. He registered one first-down run, one first-down reception, one carry for over 10 yards, and one carry on a goal-line play. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on two of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Tennessee … The No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Tennessee Volunteers, 26-14, with a workman-like performance from its star tailback. Moreno, who rushed for 101 yards on 27 carries and had one reception for 14 yards … The 100-yard rushing performance was the ninth of Moreno's career … During a drive that started with 2:17 remaining on the first-half clock, Georgia faced a 3rd-&-8 play so Tennessee opted to take a timeout with hopes of getting the ball back in good field position. Instead, quarterback Matthew Stafford completed a 14-yard pass to Moreno for a first down, keeping alive the 9-play, 97-yard drive that was capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to receiver Mohamed Massaquoi … Moreno picked up three first downs, including one on third down, during a fourth-quarter drive that set up a 28-yard field goal by kicker Blair Walsh … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#35-Ellix Wilson (5:10-225)-Sixteen tackles (10 solos) … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 101 of the team's 148 rushing yards. He was credited with seven first-down runs, including one third-down conversion, one first-down reception that converted a third down, five carries of over 10 yards, and two carries on the goal line. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on eight of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Vanderbilt … Moreno helped the Bulldogs defeat Vanderbilt, 24-14, with the 10th 100-yard rushing game of his career, finishing with 23 carries for a season-high 172 yards and one touchdown and adding one reception for 10 yards … Said Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson of the tailback: "If we tackled better we could have gotten to Moreno. But you have to give him credit. He has a great spin move to avoid our tacklers" … Early in the first quarter, Moreno broke off a 22-yard run to place the Georgia offense on Vandy's 26-yard line, but the drive ended in no points, as kicker Blair Walsh was wide left on a 40-yard field-goal attempt … The tailback helped Georgia take a 14-0 lead near the end of the first half when he broke off first-down runs of 15 and 18 yards to set up quarterback Matthew Stafford's 9-yard touchdown pass to wideout Mohamed Massaquoi … At the 12:12 mark in the third quarter, Moreno took a handoff from Stafford and scampered 11 yards to the end zone, a play that was set up, in part, by a 19-yard gain by Moreno earlier in the drive … Midway through the fourth quarter, Moreno pick up gains of 13 and 15 yards on the ground, but it was for naught, as Walsh missed another field-goal attempt, this time from 37 yards out … With 0:17 remaining in the game, Walsh finally connected on a field goal, hitting a 39-yarder that was set up by Moreno's 13-yard run one play earlier … Record Watch-With 2,096 yards in his career, Moreno became only the 13th Georgia player to ever reach 2,000 yards. The total places Moreno 10th on the all-time list … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#13-Chris Marve (6:00-225)-Eight tackles (6 solos) … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The running back gained 172 of the team's 231 rushing yards and scored the team's only rushing touchdown. He registered nine first-down runs, nine carries of over 10 yards, and one carry of over 20 yards. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on six of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Louisiana State … Moreno did something in Death Valley that has rarely been accomplished: he caused a crowed of over 90,000 to go silent and head for the exists early. Moreno's tackle-breaking 68-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave No. 9 Georgia a three-touchdown lead, eventually leading to a 52-38 victory over the eleventh-ranked LSU Tigers … "I didn't hear anything but somebody behind me trying to catch me. I was just running hard, trying to get an important score," said Moreno after the game … The Georgia running back finished the game with 21 carries for 163 yards and one score … In the first quarter, Moreno had two key rushes in the red zone, including one third-down conversion, that set up fullback Fred Muzenmaier's 1-yard plunge into the end zone, capping a 14-play, 78-yard drive and giving Georgia a 14-7 lead … On the first play of the next series, Moreno's 47-yard run set up the Georgia offense deep in LSU territory, resulting in a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Kenneth Harris … At the 4:08 mark in the third quarter, one the first play of the drive, Moreno took Stafford's handoff, broke a few tackles, and sailed 68 yards to the end zone for his sole touchdown of the afternoon … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#48-Darry Beckwith (6:01-232)-Five tackles (2 solos) … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 163 of the team's 194 rushing yards and scored one of the team's three rushing touch-downs. He was credited with four first-down runs, including one third-down conversion, two carries of over 20 yards, and one carry of over 10 yards. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on 15 of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Florida … In one of the south's most heated rivalries, Georgia vs. Florida, Moreno was held in check all day by the stingy Gator defense, which limited the running back to just 65 yards on 17 carries … Said Florida junior linebacker Brandon Spikes: "We wanted to stop Knowshon Moreno from running downhill all game like he did last year [188 yards, 3 touchdowns]. We tried to hit hard early in the game to make a statement. The guys up front did a great job" … Moreno helped set up the Georgia offense deep in Florida territory midway through the first quarter with a 17-yard reception, but kick Blair Walsh missed wide left on a 38-yard field goal attempt … Shortly before halftime, following two first-down runs that helped put the Bulldog offense within striking distance of the end zone, Moreno let a 9-yard goal-line pass slip through his hands, and a missed 27-yard field goal left Georgia without any points … Moreno broke off an 18-yard run early in the third quarter but, two plays later, QB Matthew Stafford had his pass intercepted by Florida defensive back Joe Haden, who returned it to the Georgia 1-yard line, setting up a Florida touchdown … Later in the third quarter, after a 12-yard gain, Moreno fumble the ball, which was scooped up by Florida defensive tackle Terron Sanders, who returned it 20 yards to the Georgia 10-yard line. Two plays later, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow rushed the ball up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown, increasing the Gators' lead to 35-3 … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#51-Brandon Spikes (6:03-243)-Seven tackles (5 solos), one-half sack for a 5-yard loss, and one-half tackle for a 2-yard loss … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 65 of the team's 106 rushing yards. He registered three first-down runs, one first-down reception, three carries for over 10 yards, and one goal-line carry. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on three of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Kentucky … The Georgia Bulldogs escaped an upset at the hands of the Wildcats, leaving Lexington with a 42-38 win thanks, in large part, to Moreno's 123 yards and three touch-downs on 22 carries … On the Bulldogs' first possession, Moreno picked up two first down, including one on a 22-yard sprint, that set up QB Matthew Stafford's 29-yard touchdown toss to receiver Mohamed Massaquoi for a 7-0 Georgia lead … Moreno's first touchdown of the afternoon, a 6-yard run, was preceded by a 34-yard reception by the tailback on a 3rd-&-4 play … With 3:21 remaining in the third quarter, Moreno sprinted 20 yards to the end zone for his second touchdown of the game, capping an 8-play, 80-yard drive and putting Georgia back on top, 28-24 … In the opening minuets of the fourth quarter, Moreno scored his third touchdown vs. the Wildcats, a 18-yard run that, like his second touchdown, put the Bulldogs out in front, this time 35-31 … Head-to-Head Competiton-MLB#4-Micah John-son (6:02-250)-Eight tackles (4 solos) and one force fumble … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 123 of the team's 144 yards and scored all three of the team's rushing touchdowns. He registered six first-down runs, including one third-down conversion, one first-down reception that converted a third-down play, two carries of over 20 yards, one carry of over 10 yards, and three carries on goal-line plays. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on seven of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Auburn … For the second straight week, the Georgia Bulldogs found themselves in a tight contest with a division foe and, much like last week, relied heavily on its star tailback, who rushed for 131 yards on 22 carries and chipped in with 58 yards and one touchdown on four receptions, to help secure a hard-fought 17-13 victory … On a cool, cloudy day in Alabama, Moreno got off to a hot start, gaining 11 yards over left tackle on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage, followed, two plays later, by a 20-yard run up the middle, but the Georgia offense couldn't come up with any points, as Blair Walsh's 21-yard field goal was blocked by Auburn's Tez Doolittle … On Georgia's next possession, Moreno continued his hot streak, picking up first-down gains of 14 and 19 yards, before giving way to punter Brian Mimbs … The Bulldogs took a 7-6 lead into halftime following Moreno's 35-yard touchdown on a screen pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford with 3:08 left in the second quarter … Moreno helped to set up a 17-yard fourth-quarter touchdown toss from Stafford to wide receiver A.J. Green by converting a 3rd-&-4 play with a 7-yard reception to the Auburn 18-yard line … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#17-Josh Bynes (6:02-230)-Five tackles (1 solo) and one stop for a 2-yard loss … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 131 of the team's 136 rushing yards. He was credited with six first-down carries, three first-down receptions, including two third-down conversions, four carries of over 10 yards, and one carry of over 20 yards. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on seven of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Georgia Tech … Moreno finished the game with 94 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and added a career-high 74 yards on four receptions … The tailback broke off first-down runs of 13 and 10 yards on the Bulldogs' opening drive, helping to set up quarterback Matthew Stafford's 1-yard touchdown toss to tight end Tripp Chandler … Later in the first quarter, Moreno converted a 3rd-&-2 play with a 16-yard reception and picked up 11 yards on a run inside Tech territory on a drive that culminated in a 10-yard touchdown toss from Stafford to wideout Mohamed Massaquoi … Moreno added a 32-yard touchdown run on 4th-&-1 that pulled Georgia within three points, 38-35, with 10:23 remaining in the game … The tailback also set up a 12-yard touchdown toss from Stafford to wide receiver A.J. Green with 4:04 left in the contest, grabbing receptions of 22 and 24 yards during the 9-play, 72-yard drive … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#59-Kyle Jackson (6:00-226)-Three tackles (2 solos) … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The running back gained 94 of the team's 81 net rushing yards (Stafford lost 14 yards) and scored the team's only rushing touchdown. He accounted for three first-down runs, including one fourth-down conversion, three first-down receptions, including one third-down conversion, three carries of over 10 yards, one carry of over 20 yards, and two goal-line carries. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on nine of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

Michigan State (Capital One Bowl) … Moreno caught the clinching touchdown in the Georgia Bulldogs' 24-12 win over No. 18 Michigan State … The match up of star running backs Javon Ringer and Moreno never materialized, however, as the Georgia back finished the game with just 62 yards on 23 carries, but he did offset his lack of yardage on the ground with 63 receiving yards and a touchdown on a career-high six catches … With 3:43 remaining in the game, quarterback Matthew Stafford threaded a 21-yard touchdown passes to Moreno on 3rd-&-10 to put the game out or reach, 24-12 … Head-to-Head Competition: MLB#53-Greg Jones (6:01-222)-Twelve tackles (8 solos), one-and-a-half stops for losses of 5 yards, and one quarterback hurry … Moreno's Offensive Impact: The tailback gained 62 of the team's 81 rushing yards. He totaled two first-down runs, four first-down receptions, including two third-down conversions, and one carry of over 10 yards. The defense needed more than one tackler to stop him on three of his non-touchdown rushing attempts.

2007 Season

Freshman All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report, Scout.com and Rivals.com … Named SEC Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News and was a member of the Freshman All-SEC squad … Also garnered first-team All-SEC (overall) accolades from the league's coaches and Associated Press … Listed fourth on the depth chart entering spring camp, Moreno would play in thirteen games, starting the final six contests … Led the team and had the second-best production of any first-year runner as he ranked second in the league with 248 carries for 1,334 yards (5.38 avg) and fourteen touchdowns … His 1,334 yards are the second-best season total by a Georgia freshman and third-best by a first-year player in Southeastern Conference history behind Herschel Walker (1,616 in 1982) and Jamal Lewis of Tennessee (1,364 in 1996) … Caught 20 passes for 253 yards (12.6 avg) and scored 84 points … Ranked sixth on the school single-season record list with 1,587 all-purpose yards, placing fifth in the SEC with an average of 122.08 yards per game … Turned the ball over three times on four fumbles.

2007 Game Analysis

Oklahoma State … Moreno made his collegiate debut with 20 carries for 70 yards, adding 51 yards on two receptions.

South Carolina … The red-shirt runner had his first 100-yard game, totaling 104 yards on 14 runs and 14 yards on two catches.

Western Carolina … Scored his first career touchdown on a 23-yard run 0:23 before halftime, as he tallied 94 yards on thirteen attempts while grabbing two passes for 33 yards.

Alabama … Rushed 17 times for 74 yards, scoring on a 6-yard carry, as he also caught two passes for 22 yards.

Mississippi … Moreno gained 90 yards on fourteen tries that included an 8-yard fourth quarter score … Had three receptions for 28 yards.

Vanderbilt … In his first career start, Moreno generated 157 yards on 28 carries and 18 yards on a pair of grabs.

Florida … Exploded for 188 yards on 33 carries, scoring on 1, 10 and 3-yard runs and made two catches for 17 yards.

Troy … Gained a career-high 196 yards on 26 attempts, scoring three touchdowns for the second-straight week, including a career-long 80-yarder in the first quarter.

Auburn … Moreno ran for two more touchdowns from 24 and 3 yards out in the third quarter, finishing with 22 runs for 101 yards.

Kentucky … Produced his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, totaling 124 yards on 22 carries with a 1-yard touchdown with 0:40 left in the first half.

Hawaii (Sugar Bowl) … Moreno was held to 26 yards on two receptions and 61 yards on nine carries, but ran for first quarter touchdowns of 17 and 11 yards.

2006 Season

Red-shirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2008: Left the Georgia Southern game (8/30) with leg cramps … Suffered a deep elbow bruise vs. Alabama (9/27).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.58 in the 40-yard dash … 1.58 10-yard dash … 2.64 20-yard dash.

Combine: 4.50 in the 40-yard dash … 1.53 10-yard dash … 2.69 20-yard dash … 4.27 20-yard shuttle … 6.84 three-cone drill … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 9'7" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times … 30 3/4 arm length … 10-inch hands.

High School

Attended Middletown (N.J.) South High School, playing football for head coach Steve Antonucci … Earned EA Sports and Prep Star All-American honors … Rated the 10th-best running back in the country and the third-best overall prospect in the state of New Jersey by Rivals.com, a recruiting service that also listed him as a member of their Rivals Top 100 List … Led the team to three state titles, as he concluded his career with 782 points scored on a total of 128 touchdowns, setting the state prep records … As a senior, he rushed for 1,808 yards on 185 carries and scored 43 times in 10 games … His 6,268 career rushing yards is second all-time in New Jersey.

Personal

Housing major … Born 7/16/87 … Resides in Belford, New Jersey.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 1/12 -- Knowshon Moreno, RB, 5-10, 217, Georgia...Denver was smitten with Moreno's versatility. He obviously is a good runner, but the Broncos also like the fact that he can catch the ball out of the backfield and pick up the blitz. Denver signed Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington and LaMont Jordan this offseason and have Peyton Hillis, Ryan Torain and Selvin Young still on the roster, but Moreno will play right away.

04/27/2009 - 2009 NFL Draft Grades: Denver Broncos: D :Without Mike Shanahan's magic touch for finding late-round running backs or a certain franchise quarterback in which to build their offense around, the Broncos shifted their attention to a new star runner with Knowshon Moreno in the first round. Pass rusher Robert Ayers a few picks later gave the team a rush linebacker with which to build their 3-4 defense around. From there, however, a series of solid defensive backs (Alphonso Smith, Darcel McBath, David Bruton, Greg Toler) was lost a bit in a shuffle of trades with Seattle that essentially gave the Broncos third- and fourth-round picks in a weak 2009 draft for a first-round pick in next year's draft. The decision is one of several in a mystifying offseason in Denver. - Rob Rang, The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com

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