By RALPH MANCINI
Why Moreno made the right decision to come out:
1. Outshining the competition: The 5’11”, 207-pound Moreno has been blessed with impressive speed--his 40 time has been clocked in the low 4.4s. He also has an intoxicating cocktail of toughness, athleticism, vision and running instincts that allow him to immediately hit the hole with the explosiveness of a panther chasing its prey.
2. More than just a speed back: Moreno isn’t exactly the type of ball carrier who’ll go down at first contact. In fact, the New Jersey native can often be seen gaining extra yardage by running through tackles before being finally brought down by a host of defenders.
3. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound: Moreno never gives up on a play. He will literally jump over would-be tacklers and continue running downfield when there’s no place to go.
4. “He’s my quarterback!”: No, we’re not talking about Tony Romo, but rather Moreno’s teammate Matthew Stafford, who has also declared early for the NFL Draft. The running back’s chances of winning a national title will be greatly diminished next season without the presence of his rocket-armed quarterback, who put up excellent numbers despite playing behind a shaky offensive line.
The Reverend’s Take: The All-American and first-team All-SEC performer already has the necessary attributes to make him a promising runner at the next level, including the ability to catch the ball and the durability to be a workhorse back. But aside from all his physical gifts, Moreno is mature enough to understand that he must still master other aspects of the game once he becomes a pro, such as run blocking and reading defenses. The former Bulldog’s enthusiasm, work ethic and talent should make him a fan favorite for years to come.
Photo Credit: SEC Sports Media
Monday, January 12, 2009
By RALPH MANCINI