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November 24, 2008

Moreno finalist for Doak Walker Award

ATHENS -- University of Georgia redshirt sophomore tailback Knowshon Moreno has been named one of three finalists for the 2008 Doak Walker Award, according to an announcement by the award's selection committee.

Moreno is the only finalist from the Southeastern Conference for the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the nation's top collegiate running back.

Moreno, a 5-11, 208-pound native of Belford, N.J., has rushed for 1,244 yards this season making him only the second player in Georgia history to record more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons (Herschel Walker, 1980-83). Moreno, who also has 23 catches for 255 yards and a score in 2008, has scored 16 touchdowns this season, which is the most touchdowns by a Bulldog since a record-breaking 21 by Garrison Hearst in 1992.

Through 11 games, Moreno has scored more points than anyone in the SEC (96) and leads the league in rushing (113.1 yards/game). He currently stands at the No. 7 spot in school history with 2,578 yards rushing in only two seasons.

Hearst won Georgia its only Doak Walker Award in 1992. Moreno joins Michigan State's Javon Ringer and Iowa's Shonn Greene as finalists for this year's award.

The 162 members of the Doak Walker Award selection committee will cast a second vote to determine the recipient. The 2008 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced on ESPN live on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Dec. 11 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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