Thursday, May 21, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #8 (Knowshon Moreno)

Friday, May 29th marks 99 days until Georgia and Oklahoma State kick off their 2009 seasons in Stillwater. Leading up that date, we are counting down the Top 25 UGA football players of the past 25 seasons.

8. Knowshon Moreno (2006-2008)
  • 5th most rushing attempts in a single-season in UGA history: 2008 (250)
  • 6th most career rushing attempts in UGA history: 498
  • 4th most career rushing yardage in UGA history: 2,734 (in only 2 seasons)
  • Tied 4th most touchdowns in a single-season in UGA history: 2008 (16)
  • 4th most career rushing touchdowns in UGA history: 30
  • Led UGA in rushing: 2007 and 2008 seasons
  • All-SEC: 2007 (AP 1st team, Coaches' 1st team); 2008 (AP 1st team, Coaches' 1st team)
  • All-American: 2008 (AP 2nd team, Walter Camp 2nd team)
  • 2008 Doak Walker Award Finalist

This one is bound to get some opposition from the masses. Disclaimer: the only reason he is this low on the list is because he only played 2 years in Athens (not counting the redshirt season.) Another year (or two) in college, and he might have been 7 spots higher on this list.

Moreno was the consummate crowd-favorite. Not only is he blessed with an abundance of talent and athleticism and at times was simply toying with defenses when he carried the ball, he also knew how to play to the home crowd, and knew how to make the crowds on the road hate him. When he wanted to be, he was simply as good as any running back ever to play Between the Hedges, except (of course) for one. Incredible balance, vision, strength and quickness. Not the fastest straight-line runner that UGA has ever lined up at tailback, but he was as fast on his 30th carry as he was on his 1st of the game. He'll carry that to the pros, where he was the 12th overall pick of this past year's NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

Here's a great video of the best Moreno highlights from his career at UGA, thanks to Dean Legge at DawgPost.com:

10 comments:

Bop said...

Oh how they will love him in Denver.

joe jenkins said...

Moreno was a great rb for uga until he started taking thinking about the nfl and taking himself out of games at critical moments like the fla game, when we were on their twenty yard line.

Otto said...

I think this is about right for KM.
He is the best RB since HW but only played 2 yrs.
I can't believe #24 and #7 never even played for a SECC.

I love KM and his style, heart and passion for the game.....he is about to rip the NFL wide open.

joe jenkins said...

yea he will be better nfl back because the broncos wont let him take himself out the games. they wont put up with kind of stuff

RB said...

What a badass. The attitude he brought with him to the game is a HUGE reason why '08 was a special year for the Dawgs...

JJ said...

Joe Jenkins, I honestly have to say that what you said about Moreno contributed to where he fell on my list. For the first 6 games of the 2008 season, he never stayed in the game for more than 2 consecutive plays, whether he carried the ball during those 2 plays or not. If he did get 2 consecutive carries, the hand went up in the air before he could even get off the ground. Something was definitely going on with him. After the press started making a big deal out of it (which happened about 3 weeks too late in my opinion), he finally got somewhat back to normal.

JJ said...

RB, I think you mean "2007" was a special year for the Dawgs. I think we all agree that 2008 wasn't much to write home about, even though I'll never complain about 10 wins.

joe jenkins said...

08 a special year, dont make me laugh. when we get stomped by bama and fla. Like jj said i hope you meant 07. I hope we find one or two good dependable rb's out the guy's we have this year, the talent is there. Somebody just needs to step up.

RB said...

JJ - thanks for the correction - '07 was the special season.

Amanda said...

ya, really nice qual, good footage too, nice work! Amanda Vanderpool