100 Miles And Running: Why Knowshon Moreno May Be The Next Best Thing

Matt BrancatoContributor INovember 8, 2009

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 1: Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his team's only touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Knowshon Moreno was the #9 runningback prospect coming out of highschool in 2006. His elusiveness and catching out of the backfield was second to none. His highschool stats of 6,268 yards, and 128 TD's rank second in New Jersey High School history. Moreno was recruited by Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Florida. Moreno eventually signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Georgia.

Moreno was redshirted as a freshman in 2006. In 2007 he split carries with fellow Georgia RB Thomas Brown in the first game of the new season. He totaled 70 rushing yards on 12 carries and two receptions for 51 yards. In the third game of the 2007 season Moreno scored his first touchdown of his soon to be amazing collegiate career.

Georgia's starting RB suffered a broken collarbone, which made way for Moreno to start his first game. Moreno accounted for 157 combined yards against Vanderbilt. The next week he got the nod to start again. This was a much tougher opponent however. The Georgia Bulldogs faced their rival, the University of Florida. Moreno put up a amazing day with 188 total yards and 3 TD's in the Bulldogs beatdown of Florida.

The next game, Moreno joined elite company. Moreno joined Herschel Walker as the only other Georgia RB to run for 1,000 yards in his fresman season. Not bad for a RB who didn't even start earlier in the year. As a freshman Moreno was named to the all-SEC first team and named SEC freshman of the year. Moreno finished his freshman year with 1,334 yards on 248 carries with a 5.4 YPC average and 14 TD's.

Moreno started his sophomore season as a front-runner for the Heisman trophy. He opened up the season with a 112 yard, 3 TD performance. The next week Moreno rushed for 168 yards and another 3 TD performance. It was this game Moreno graced highlight shows and top-ten countdowns everywhere with a incredible hurdle over a standing Central Michigan defender. The next 2 games Moreno would amass 228 yards and 3 TD's. Moreno finished his sophomore year with 1,792 total yards and 18 TD's. He was first-team all-SEC for the 2nd consecutive year.

Moreno was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. Moreno chose to wear number 27 in honor of fallen Bronco Darrent Williams who was shot and killed in 2007. Moreno received special permission from William's mother, Rosalind Williams.

As of November 8, Moreno has 109 carries for 420 yards and a 3.9 YPC average with 2 TD's. Moreno leads all rookie runningbacks in yardage and TD's. He currently splits carries with RB Correll Buckhalter. It is only a matter of time before, like Thomas Brown before him, Buckhalter is sent aside to make room for Moreno.