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 Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno
No. 28     Miami Dolphins
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: July 16, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birthBronx, New York
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolMiddletown (NJ) South
NFL Draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Debuted in 2009 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • AFC Champion (2013)
  • 4× Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Weeks 4, 5, 12, & 13)
  • 1× Georgia Bulldogs Offensive MVP award (2008)
  • 2× First-team All-Southeastern Conferencehonors (2008 and 2007)
  • Second-team All-American honors (2008)
  • First-team Freshman All-American honors (2007)
  • SEC All-Freshman honors (2007)
  • SEC Freshman of the Year award (2007)
  • 3× SEC Freshman of the Week honors (2007)
  • 1× SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors (2007)
  • Sporting News Freshman Offensive Player of the Year (2007)
  • EA Sports All-American honors (2005)
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Rushing yards3,616
Rushing TDs27
Receiving yards1,409
Receiving TDs9
Stats at
Knowshon Rockwell Moreno (born July 16, 1987) is an American football running back for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected 12th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He playedcollege football at the University of Georgia.

Early years

Moreno grew up in Belford, a neighborhood in Middletown Township, New Jersey. His parents are Freddie Moreno, who is of Puerto Rican descent and a former member of the Five Percent Nation, and Varashon Mcqueen-Moreno who is of African-American descent.[1] At Middletown High School South he led his team to three Central Jersey Group III championships.[2] He rushed for 1,629 yards on 153 carries and scored 28 TDs in 11 games as a senior.[3] He finished his high school career with 6,268 career rushing yards, 128 touchdowns, and 728 points. His rushing yards are second all-time in New Jersey high school ranks, while he is New Jersey's all-time leading scorer. He also rushed for 420 yards and 7 touchdowns in one game against the Neptune Scarlet Fliers. He also rushed for 6 touchdowns against the Monmouth Regional Falcons.
While at Middletown South, Moreno was also a top tier sprinter and jumper during the indoor and outdoor track seasons. In fact, he holds multiple school records, including the fastest time for the 100-meter dash at 11.01 seconds. He recorded a PR of 6.73 seconds in the 55 meters at the 2005 Shore Conference Championships, where he placed 4th.[4] At the 2005 Monmouth County Championships, he captured three state titles, winning the 100 meters (11.1 s), the long jump (6.68 m) and the triple jump (13.38 m).[5]
He was the #10 running back and #73 prospect according to, #9 running back according to, and was a Prep Star 200 selection. He was also an EA Sports All-American while being recruited by GeorgiaMarylandMichigan,VirginiaVirginia Tech, and Florida.[6] Moreno eventually signed his letter of intent to Georgia.

Collegiate career

Freshman season

Moreno red shirted in 2006, but returned in 2007 as a redshirt freshman. After a great spring, Moreno shared time withThomas Brown as the starting running back in the season opener against Oklahoma State. Moreno totaled 70 yards rushing on 12 carries with two receptions for 51 yards in the 35-14 win. In the following game against South Carolina, Moreno saw most of the rushing duties with 14 carries for 104 yards in the 12-16 loss. In the third game of the season against Western Carolina, Moreno scored his first career college touchdown in a 45-16 win over Western Carolina. His totals on the day were 94 yards on 13 rushes with one touchdown.
Entering the Bulldogs' game against Vanderbilt, it was announced that Georgia's starting tailback Thomas Brown would be sidelined with a broken collarbone. Moreno was elevated to starting tailback in Brown's place and responded with 157 yards gained on the ground in a tight 20-17 Bulldog win.
Following a bye week, he continued his impressive season with 188 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 33 carries as Georgia defeated its rivalFlorida. Against Troy the next game, Moreno rushed for 196 yards, joining Herschel Walker as the only player in Georgia history to rush for 1,000 yards in his freshman season.
Moreno rushed for over 100 yards for the fifth straight game in leading the Georgia Bulldogs to a 24-13 victory over Kentucky while totaling 124 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Moreno is the first Georgia tailback since Herschel Walker in 1982 to rush for over 100 yards in five straight games.
Through the first ten weeks of the 2007 season, Moreno was named the SEC Freshman of the Week three times and SEC Offensive Player of the Week once.[7] He was named onto the all-SEC first team and was the unanimous SEC Freshman of the Year. He was the featured tailback on the Freshman All-American first team and was named to the All-Freshman SEC team. Sporting News named him Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.
Moreno finished the season with 1,334 yards on 248 carries for 14 touchdowns. He also added 253 receiving yards on 20 receptions.

Knowshon Moreno during his tenure at Georgia.

Sophomore season

Knowshon Moreno began his sophomore campaign as a Heisman Trophy favorite. He opened the season with 59 yards on 8 carries for 3 touchdowns and 53 yards on two receptions for a total of 112 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 45-21 win overGeorgia Southern. He also had a tackle on a kickoff. In the following 56-17 win over Central Michigan, Moreno rushed 18 times for 168 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also had 3 receptions for 30 yards, totaling 198 yards of total offense in the win. The game also provided Moreno with his highlight reel's iconic moment: a hurdle over an upright CMU defender.[8] In the SECopener for the Bulldogs against South Carolina, Moreno had 20 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown in the 14-7 win. Next, Moreno and the Bulldogs traveled to Arizona to defeat Arizona State 27-10, led by his 149 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
However, the Bulldogs' undefeated record was broken in a 41-30 loss to Alabama. In the loss, Moreno was held to 34 yards and a score on 9 carries. It was the only game on the season in which he was held under 50 yards rushing and 50 yards of total offense. However, Moreno bounced back in the 26-14 win over Tennessee with 101 yards. However, he was held out of the endzone for the first time on the season.
Georgia then defeated Vanderbilt 24-14 to improve their record to 6-1, with Moreno rushing 23 times for a season-high 172 yards and a touchdown. Moreno added onto his season totals in the 52-38 victory against LSU with 163 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Moreno's totals in the two-week effort was 335 yards and two touchdowns on only 44 carries.
However, Georgia was handed their second conference loss in a 49-10 rout against eventual national champion Florida, in which Moreno was held to 65 yards on 17 carries. Moreno closed out the season strong with 410 yards rushing, 235 receiving and accounted for six touchdowns in the games against Kentucky, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Michigan State.
He finished the 2008 season with 1,792 yards of total offense (1,400 rushing on 250 carries and 392 yards on 33 receptions) and scored 18 touchdowns (16 rushing, 2 receiving). He was named the team's offensive MVP. He finished second in Doak Walker award voting, behind Shonn Greene. He was named first-team All-SEC for the second consecutive year, and was a second-team All-American selection. On January 7, 2009, Moreno announced that he would enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Just after being drafted Moreno signed an endorsement deal with McDavidUSA and Hexpad equipment.[9]



Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Moreno was considered the best running back available in the 2009 NFL Draft.[11]
Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
5 ft 11 in217 lb4.50 s1.53 s2.69 s4.27 s6.84 s35.5 in9 ft 7 in25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[12]

Denver Broncos

Moreno was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 12th overall pick, which was their first of 2 first-round picks in the 2009 NFL Draft. Moreno chose to wear the number 27 on his jersey, the same number used by the late Darrent Williams. He received permission from Williams' mother Rosalind. Knowshon said he would honor the number, and volunteer at the Darrent Williams Teen Center.[13]
On August 7, 2009, after an eight-day holdout, Moreno signed a five-year, $16.7 million contract with a $5.08 million club option for 2014. The deal includes $13.135 million guaranteed and Moreno can earn an additional $6.3 million through incentives.[14] On September 27, 2009, Moreno scored his first career NFL touchdown with a 7 yard run against the Oakland Raiders.
During the 2011 season, Moreno split playing time with Willis McGahee, and soon lost the starting job due to McGahee's performance. Moreno still averaged a career-high 4.8 yards per carry. His season was cut short on November 15, 2011 when the Broncos placed Moreno on the IR after he tore his ACL against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Moreno returned to the playing field for the 2012 season and ran for a touchdown in the opening game win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After he fumbled in the second game of the season against the Atlanta Falcons, Moreno was benched and was ruled inactive for 8 straight weeks. After Willis McGahee was placed on injured reserve with a leg and knee injury, Moreno was reactivated. Despite speculation that rookie Ronnie Hillman, McGahee's backup, would assume the starting role, Moreno was named the starting running back in the next game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In his first game back, Moreno put up solid numbers, rushing for 87 yards on 20 carries and catching four passes for 26 yards. Two games later in an away game against the Oakland Raiders, Moreno rushed for 119 yards on a career-high 32 carries and recorded a touchdown. He also had 4 catches for 48 yards in the game. In the following game against the Baltimore Ravens, Moreno rushed for 115 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. In the game, he hurdled over an upright Ed Reed on a 20 yard rush. For that game against the Ravens, Moreno was named "AFC Offensive Player of the Week" and was named the "Fedex Ground Player of the Week."
Moreno continued his comeback into the 2013 season winning the starting running back job over frontrunners Ronnie Hillman and rookie Montee Ball. Through week 13 of the season, Moreno has rushed for 842 yards (4.2 ypc) and has also run for 9 touchdowns. He has also caught 42 passes for 414 yards and two touchdowns. Moreno had a career-high 37 rushes for 224 yards against the New England Patriots in week 12.
During the Broncos' Week 16 win over the Houston Texans, Moreno became the first Bronco in franchise history to rush for over 1000 yards and receive for over 500 yards in the same season.[15]
Moreno and the Broncos reached Super Bowl XLVIII, but lost 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks. Moreno had 5 carries for 17 yards in the loss.

Miami Dolphins

On March 27, 2014 Moreno signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins worth $3 million. In his debut with the Dolphins, despite not starting, he led the Dolphins to a 33-20 win over the New England Patriots, rushing for 134 yards on 24 carries. [16] On September 14, 2014 Moreno sustained a dislocated left elbow in a loss to the Buffalo Bills.[17]
On Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 it was announced that Moreno is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Career statistics

2014Miami Dolphins30311484.8151188.08000
2013Denver Broncos16152411,0384.33110605489.935T310
2012Denver Broncos861385253.8204211678.026011
2011Denver Broncos72371794.8240111019.228T111
2010Denver Broncos13131827794.33553737210.145332
2009Denver Broncos1692479473.8367282137.627244


Knowshon's first name is a portmanteau of his father's nickname, Knowledge, and his mother's name, Varashon.[19]
Moreno is a Christian. Moreno has spoken about his faith after he was caught crying after the "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a game saying, "During the anthem it's always quiet and still, so I take in the moment and say a little prayer... I thank the Lord for letting me play the game. I thank Him for everything. I run through my whole life right there at that moment. Even the bad stuff."[20]