December 15, 2007

Knowshon, meet Herschel

Knowshon Moreno didn't believe it when someone told him he'd be sharing a table at last week's annual team gala with none other than Herschel Walker.

"I didn't believe it until I got there," Moreno said Saturday. "It was definitely awesome to meet him. Everybody was always talking what a great guy he is. He really is. He's just a really down to earth guy. You can really talk to him. It was just an honor to be a part of that."

It was certainly apropos that Moreno wound up sharing dinner with the player most consider the greatest Bulldog of all time.

With 1,273 yards rushing, Moreno trails only Walker's 1,610 yards as a freshman in 1980. They are the only two freshmen in Georgia history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.

"I was not in charge of the seating chart, but I'm sure that was pretty neat for Knowshon," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "It might have been neat for Herschel, too."

Moreno said the honor was all his.

Although he said the two did not talk much football, Moreno said he definitely enjoyed the opportunity to meet the former Bulldog great.

"I had a good time," Moreno said. "We just really enjoyed the night."

Even at 45, Moreno believes that Walker can still play.

"Yeah, I think so," said Moreno, whose black jersey that he wore against Auburn was auctioned off for $10,500.

"That was crazy, it was nuts," he said.

"I heard that table was getting mobbed," Richt said. "It took the pressure off me. That was good."

A first-team Freshman All-American by, the award has been one of many for Moreno, a list that includes the SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches and a member of the All-SEC first team.

"That's just a credit to how well the entire team has done," Moreno said. "Those are definitely rewards for the whole team."

With finals over, Moreno's focus is squarely on the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii New Year's night in the Louisiana Superdome.

"I'm excited. We're all very excited," he said. "Most of us have never been to New Orleans. It's going to be a great experience."

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