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MORENO AT A GLANCE:

 

  • A two-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference running back whose 2,734 career rushing yards in two seasons at the University of Georgia ranked first in the SEC, sixth in the nation and second among the country’s underclassmen during that time.
     
  • Averaged 105.2 rushing yards per game at Georgia and joined Herschel Walker (1980-82) as the only Bulldogs in school history to post 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons.
     
  • Finished his career at Georgia ranked third in school history in career 100-yard rushing games (13), fourth in both career rushing yards (2,734) and rushing touchdowns (30), and seventh in career yards per rush (5.5).
     
  • Received several All-America honors and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award (nation’s best running back) as a redshirt sophomore for the Bulldogs in 2008, totaling 1,400 rushing yards (5.6 avg., 16 TDs) that led the SEC and ranked 11th in the nation.
     
  • Registered at least 100 rushing yards in five consecutive games for Georgia as a redshirt freshman in 2007 and started the Bulldogs’ final six games that season, finishing the year with 1,334 rushing yards (5.3 avg., 14 TDs) to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors.
     
  • Ended his career at Middletown South High School in Middletown, N.J., ranked first in New Jersey history in career touchdowns (128) and second in career rushing yards (6,268).
     
  • Selected by the Broncos in the first round (12th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.


 

Moreno, No. 20 Georgia top No. 9 Florida in "Cocktail Party"
 

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Knowshon Moreno rushed for 188 yards and a career-best three touchdowns on 33 carries, as the 20th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs toppled the ninth-ranked Florida Gators, 42-30, in an SEC battle at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
 

Matt Stafford threw for 217 yards and three scores on 11-of-18 completions for the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2 SEC), who have won five of six and vaulted ahead of Florida and South Carolina into first place in the East.
 

Mohammed Massaquoi, Mikey Henderson and Brannan Southerland each caught a Stafford pass for a touchdown.
 

It was the most points scored by the Bulldogs against the Gators since a 44-0 win back in 1982. Coming into the contest, which had been dubbed as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party since 1990, Florida had beaten Georgia in eight of nine and 15 of the last 17 meetings.
 

Tim Tebow passed for 236 yards and one touchdown on 14-of-22 passes and picked up a pair of rushing scores for the Gators (5-3, 3-3), who have dropped three of their last four. Percy Harvin gained 97 yards on 10 carries, and Louis Murphy added three receptions for 49 yards and a TD in the loss.
 

Moreno shredded the Gators' defense on the first drive of the second half, rushing for 67 yards on three straight carries, including a slashing 42-yard run to the Florida two-yard-line. Three plays later, Stafford rolled right and hit Southerland for a one-yard score to make it 28-17 Bulldogs.
 

Tebow answered by rushing for a a two-yard TD which brought the Gators within 28-24 midway through the third.
 

Florida's first drive of the fourth quarter stalled when the Bulldogs held on 4th-and-2 from their own 25, and two plays later Henderson reached behind Wondy Pierre-Louis to haul in a 53-yard pass from Stafford for a 35-24 game with just over 11 minutes left in the contest.
 

Brandon James returned the kickoff to the Georgia 44, and Harvin gained 41 yards on the next two carries to bring the Gators to the three. Tebow added a second rushing score when he had a clear lane up the middle on 3rd-and-2, but his throw on the two-point conversion fell incomplete, and it was 35-30.
 

Moreno added a three-yard run which capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive which took almost six minutes off the clock and Georgia led 42-30 with just under four minutes remaining.
 

Tebow then fumbled on the Gators' next series and the ball was recovered by Georgia linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, and the Bulldogs held on for the key conference victory.
 

The "Cocktail Party" turned into a scoring fiesta for both sides in the first half.
 

Georgia jumped out to a 7-0 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter, as Moreno rumbled in from two yards out. The entire Bulldogs team came off the sidelines to celebrate in an apparently-orchestrated effort, drawing a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
 

Florida countered on its ensuing drive when Tebow launched a ball down the left side to Murphy, who made a leaping catch at the left pylon for a 40-yard score and a 7-7 game.
 

The Bulldogs took a 14-7 lead as Stafford laid out a beautiful pass for Massaquoi, who ran alone down the right sideline on an 84-yard touchdown reception two plays later.
 

After a pair of facemask penalties against Georgia on the kickoff, the Gators were set up in Bulldogs' territory, but a bad snap over Tebow's head and a pair of sacks put Florida out of field-goal range.
 

The ensuing punt put the Bulldogs at the one, and on the first play, Stafford threw the ball right to Pierre-Louis for a 25-yard interception return and a 14-14 game seconds into the second quarter.
 

Brandon Coutu missed a 56-yard field goal on Georgia's next drive and Florida took over on its own 39. Joey Ijjas completed the series with a 43-yard field goal to give the Gators a 17-14 edge midway through the period.
 

Moreno's 10-yard run up the middle with less than two minutes in the half put Georgia up 21-17, capping an 11-play, 65-yard drive, and the Bulldogs defense held Florida to a three-and-out before the break.
 

Game Notes
 

Georgia leads the all-time series, 47-37-2...Tebow was sacked six times and rushed for minus-15 yards on 13 carries...Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt improved to 2-5 against the Gators...Georgia hosts Troy next Saturday, while Florida hosts Vanderbilt also next Saturday.
 

By CARTER STRICKLAND
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 

Published on: 09/03/07

Athens ? All worries and concerns about which Georgia running back is going to get the ball, how many times and when can temporarily cease.
 

That's because the backfield, which had three players vying for time, now has only two. Senior Kregg Lumpkin, last season's leading rusher, is out indefinitely with a broken thumb on his right hand.
 


Curtis Compton / AJC
(ENLARGE)
Running back Knowshon Moreno (24) had 20 carries for 70 yards in his first game with the team.

Your Turn

 

Will losing Kregg Lumpkin hurt Georgia's running game?
No, Thomas Brown, Knowshon Moreno and possibly Caleb King will make up for his loss in the backfield.
Yes, his yardage won't be easily replaced.
 


 

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"He is not going to be able to carry the ball for a while," Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday.
 

So now Georgia is down to Thomas Brown and Knowshon Moreno. The pair split carries while the outcome still hung in the balance against Oklahoma State in Saturday's 35-14 win. Brown had 48 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. Moreno got a few more calls down the stretch to take his total to 20 carries and 70 yards.
 

While everyone knew what Brown was capable of, Moreno's debut had created plenty of intrigue. It also answered a few questions.
 

"As everyone can see, he ran with a lot of energy like he always does," Richt said. "He made some people miss out in space. When there wasn't a lot there, he would still stick it in there and see that little crease and get 3 or 4 yards. A couple of times there was a linebacker unblocked, but he won the human equation and would drive him 2 to 3 yards. He finished the runs extremely well.
 

"He is close to making some big runs, I think," Richt added.
 

Moreno's exploits weren't confined to the running game. He had two catches for 51 yards. Another 25-yard screen pass was called back because of a clipping call.
 

"On offense, they ran those quick screens a lot more than we thought they would and we didn't adjust quick enough," Oklahoma State defensive end Nathan Peterson said.
 

Georgia ran those screens because it wanted to protect the young offensive line and it wanted to get players like Moreno into space. And even when an Oklahoma State player was around the ball, the screens worked because the Bulldogs broke tackles.
 

More than 170 of Georgia's 234 receiving yards came after first contact. Moreno accounted for much of that.
 

Now what Georgia, which appears to revel in having a full backfield, has to decide is if another player will step up and join Brown and Moreno in the rotation. And, if so, who might that player be?
 

Freshman Caleb King, who at one time was more highly regarded than Moreno coming out of high school, should be fully healed and ready to go today after a preseason hamstring injury. That could cause coaches to look his way.
 

"We will have to get him greased up and ready to go," Richt said.
 

That doesn't mean Georgia is going to pull his redshirt. King's knowledge of the game plan is lacking because he has not been involved for a couple of weeks. Georgia also has other options at tailback.
 

Jason Johnson and Shaun Chapas can both play tailback or fullback. Chapas finished the game at tailback Saturday.
 

"We will just have to wait and see [on King's redshirt]." Richt said. "Lumpkin is not a season-ending injury, so that would probably keep us from being in a rush."
 


Jones reprimanded for personal foul
 

Redshirt freshman Reshad Jones' personal foul penalty drew the ire of the coaches and very nearly a mandated one-game suspension, Richt said. It was close to being called a thrown punch, and in that case Jones would have been ejected and had to sit out against South Carolina.
 

"What I wanted Reshad to do was respond properly to what happened," Richt said of the sideline dressing-down Jones took. "He didn't need to get bitter or bent out of shape. He needed to take it as it was, a foolish thing that could really hurt him and could hurt us too. When you make a mistake like that, you are going to hear about it and rightfully so, and now you have got to decide how you are going to react to it.
 

"A minute or two later in the game he walked up behind me and apologized for it," Richt said. "I thought he learned a good lesson from it and I thought the team did too."
 


Odds and ends
 

Georgia Football Practice Notes: August 17, 2007
Courtesy: UGA Sports Communications
Release: 08/17/2007
Photo Credit: Donavan Eason
Mikey Henderson

ATHENS, Ga. --- Although thunder and lightening delayed the Georgia football team?s bus ride to Sanford Stadium for about an hour, the Bulldogs managed to get a two-hour scrimmage in on their home field late Friday afternoon.
 

The scrimmage featured the No. 1 offense versus the No. 2 defense and vice versa, goal line situations, overtime situations and other specialty situations. Following the action, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said he was more optimistic after watching Friday?s scrimmage than he was after last Saturday?s matchup.
 

?We looked more like where we should be today, but we still have a ways to go,? said Richt.
 

Highlights from the scrimmage included sophomore quarterback Matthew Stafford connecting with Kenneth Harris and Sean Bailey for a 37-yard touchdown and a 40-yard touchdown, respectively. In addition, redshirt sophomore Joe Cox hit senior T.J. Gartrell for a 10-yard touchdown.
 

On defense, junior Dannell Ellerbe racked up nine tackles and a sack, freshman Rennie Curran tallied nine tackles and redshirt freshman Reshad Jones added five tackles and a pass break-up. Also, senior Kelin Johnson had an interception and junior Jeremy Lomax blocked a field goal.
 

?The big difference with the No. 1 offense today is that they blocked really well and we want that unit to do well at this point of the preseason,? said Richt.
 

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo used a trio of tailbacks ? seniors Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin and redshirt freshman Knowshon Moreno ? during the first portion of the scrimmage and Richt was pleased with his backfield?s efforts.
 

?Thomas, Lump and Knowshon only played in the first half because we think they are the group that is game-ready,? Richt said. ?We really wanted the first half to be as crisp as possible and to simulate what a real game would feel like.?
 

Richt added that senior Jason Johnson had two touchdowns when running behind the No. 1 offense near the goal line and that both receivers Tony Wilson and Michael Moore ?deserve to play at this point if they don?t start going backwards.?
 

The Bulldogs will return to Sanford Stadium on Saturday, but will get the rare chance to leave their pads behind for this trip. At Georgia?s annual Fans? Picture Day, players and coaches will sign autographs from 3-5 p.m. with Richt and the offensive unit located throughout the North side concourse of Sanford Stadium between Sections 109-101, and the defense located on the Gate 6 Plaza between Sections 125-121.
 

Georgia, which is ranked 13th in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, opens the season at Sanford Stadium against Oklahoma State on Sept. 1. Kickoff against the Cowboys is slated for 6:45 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN2. All Georgia games are broadcast live on the Bulldog Radio Network on AM 750 WSB in Atlanta and on both 106.1 FM and 960 The Ref in Athens. The radio audio also can be heard worldwide on both georgiadogs.com, the official website of UGA Athletics, and on XM satellite radio.

2007 ? Carried 11 times for 68 yards and two TD?s in annual spring G-Day game

2006 ? Redshirted.

High School: Middletown South, coached by Steve Antonucci
*PrepStar 200
*Rivals.com #73 on Rivals 100 list
*Rivals.com #10 running back
*Rivals.com #3 postseason New Jersey top 50
*Scout.com #9 running back in the nation
*EA Sports All-American
*Finished his high school career with 128 touchdowns and 782 points
*New Jersey?s all-time leading scorer
*Rushed for 1,808 yards on 185 carries and scored 43 TDs in 10 games as a senior
*His 6,268 career rushing yards is second all-time in New Jersey
*Led Middletown South to three championships in a row

Born: July 16, 1987
 

 
 

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