NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Thomas Brown is the serious one. This past
semester, he hunkered down in the classroom to take a staggering 21
hours of courses, just so he could meet his goal of graduating in
Diploma in hand, Brown said, ``The best day of my life.''
Then there's Knowshon Moreno, who never looks too serious about
anything until he gets a football in his hands. He's pinballing
through life with joy and enthusiasm, an overgrown child refusing
to sit still.
He says, ``I'm just excited to play.''
Together, they give Georgia one of the best running back duos in
the nation, combining to put up nearly 2,000 yards on the ground --
not too shabby, considering Moreno started out as a third-stringer
and Brown missed a quarter of the season with a shoulder injury.
Even though the Bulldogs (10-2) were passed over for a shot at
the B-C-S championship and settled for a matchup against unbeaten
Hawaii in Tuesday night's Sugar Bowl, they might be playing as well
as anyone -- largely because of those two guys lugging the ball.
Moreno, a redshirt freshman who found his way from New Jersey to
Athens, Georgia, rekindled memories of Herschel Walker by running
for 1,273 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brown, a senior from suburban
Atlanta, persevered through another disheartening injury to put up
706 yards and nine TDs.
While either would prefer to handle the bulk of the carries,
they've settled into an effective job-sharing arrangement.
Next up is Hawaii (12-0) which ranked 38th against the run this
The Warriors came up especially big in wins over Washington and
Boise State. They can't wait to get a shot at Moreno.
Hawaii linebacker Solomon Elimimian said, ``He's strong, he's
physical and he's fast. We're excited to play him, and we feel we
can step up to the challenge.''
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