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Monday November 5, 2007

It’s to the point now that you’re slightly disappointed when Knowshon Moreno doesn’t make something happen on a particular play. Moreno, after his 196-yard performance against Troy, has once again been named the SEC Freshman of the Week. It’s the third time this year that Moreno has earned that honor.

His 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest by a Bulldog since Robert Edwards took one the same distance against Kentucky ten years ago in 1997.

Even more impressive is Moreno eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark with three games remaining in the regular season. For a program that is sometimes called "Tailback U", 1,000 yards in a season has been a rare feat for Bulldog tailbacks. Moreno joins Musa Smith as the only Georgia tailbacks since 1992 to break through that mark. 1,000 yards isn’t just an accomplishment based on ability; it’s also a testament to a tailback’s endurance. Several good tailbacks, including Edwards, Brown, and Lumpkin, came up short of 1,000-yard seasons during their careers due to an assortment of injuries. Moreno is just the 12th back in Georgia history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, and he now has the second-best total for a Georgia freshman behind only you-know-who.

The question of endurance comes up as Thomas Brown returns to practice after missing three games. Brown’s role against Auburn, if he plays at all, will naturally be governed by his injury, but the question of the distribution of carries remains. Richt in his postgame press conference was hesitant to run Moreno 25-35 times per game due to the beating that tailbacks take in this league. While we should expect Moreno to start and get the clear majority of the carries, fans should expect to see Brown (if he’s able) get more than a couple of carries. Even McFadden sits now and then.

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