January 7, 2009
ATHENS, Ga. --- Junior quarterback Matthew Stafford and redshirt sophomore Knowshon Moreno announced at a joint press conference at the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on Wednesday afternoon that they will be entering the 2009 NFL Draft.
Stafford, a 6-3, 228-pound native of Dallas, Texas, recorded 3,459 yards passing and a school-record 25 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions in 2008. He also broke the all-time record for total offense in a season after accumulating 3,499 yards and had the second-most passing yards in one season of any Bulldog in history. Starting all 13 games in 2008, Stafford led the Bulldogs (10-3) to their second straight season with at least 10 wins.
For his career, Stafford finished third in school history with 7,731 yards, 51 touchdown passes and 564 completions. He finished with a 27-7 record in three seasons as a starter for the Bulldogs.
Moreno, a 5-11, 207-pound native of Belford, N.J., averaged 107.7 yards per game en route to a 1,400-yard season in 2008. He became just the second player in school history to have more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons (Herschel Walker, 1980-82). Moreno scored 18 touchdowns during the 2008 season, which is the most for a Bulldog since Garrison Hearst tallied 21 in 1992. Snagging the second receiving touchdown of his career during Georgia’s 24-12 win over #19 Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl, Moreno finished as the team’s third-leading receiver with 33 catches for 392 yards and two scores in 2008.
Following his two seasons, Moreno finished No. 4 on Georgia’s all-time top rushers list after registering 2,734 yards. He also had the fifth (2008-1,400 yds.) and sixth (2007-1,334 yds.) most productive seasons for a running back in school history.
Georgia closed out the 2008 season by beating Michigan State 24-12 in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 1. Stafford was named the Most Valuable Player after finishing with 250 yards passing and three touchdowns while Moreno registered 125 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.