ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Friday agreed to terms with running back Knowshon Moreno, whom they selected in the first round (12th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft from the University of Georgia. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Moreno (5-foot-11, 210 pounds) claimed first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2007 and 2008 after totaling 2,734 career rushing yards on 498 carries (5.5 avg.) during his two-year career, which ranked first in the conference and sixth in the nation during that span. He finished his collegiate career ranked third in Georgia history in 100-yard games (13), fourth in rushing yards (2,734) and rushing touchdowns (30) and seventh in career yards per rush (5.5).
As a senior in 2008, Moreno started all 13 games for the Bulldogs and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award (nation’s best running back) after leading the SEC and ranking 11th in the nation with 1,400 rushing yards on 250 carries (5.6 avg.). He posted 16 rushing touchdowns and 33 receptions for 392 yards (11.9 avg.) and two scores, joining Herschel Walker (1980-82) as the only players in Georgia history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in consecutive seasons.
Moreno played 13 games (6 starts) for Georgia as a redshirt freshman in 2007 and ranked second in the SEC and 23rd nationally in rushing yards, carrying 248 times for 1,334 yards (5.3 avg.) with 14 touchdowns while posting 20 receptions for 253 yards (12.6 avg.). He led all freshman running backs that year and ranked third in SEC history and second in school annals for rushing yards as a freshman.
Ending his prep career at Middletown South High School in Middletown, N.J., as the state’s all-time leader in total touchdowns (128) and scoring (782 pts.), Moreno was born on July 16, 1987, in Belford, N.J.