2008 Fall Camp: Day Two News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall camp.

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE: Georgia's star running back Knowshon Moreno isn't lacking for attention. He has been mentioned as a possible Heisman candidate, is widely considered the SEC's best running back and when USA Today announced the Bulldogs as the No. 1 ranked team in the country last week, it was Moreno's picture splashed across the front page.

"I didn't see it," Moreno said of the newspaper's spread. "I really don't pay attention to anything other than just playing the game."

But he can't completely ignore the hype. He said he likes to play as himself when he pops in his copy of his NCAA Football 2009 video game and admits winning the Heisman would be "cool."

"But at the same time," Moreno said, "I'm really not thinking about it."

MORE MORENO: Speaking of Moreno, Richt said he has some regrets about redshirting his stud running back as a freshman, despite last season's impressive results.

"In hindsight, would I play him again?" Richt said. "Yeah, because he would have played on four special teams units, and I think he would have gotten everything after three games. For him to do as well as he did last year something positive happened his redshirt season. He might have blocked punts and scored touchdowns. But if I could back it up I would have played him."

FRESHMEN SEEING RED?: Richt's regrets regarding Moreno might just influence his decision on whether to redshirt any of this year's crew of freshman running backs.

With Moreno clearly entrenched as the starter and redshirt freshman Caleb King progressing quickly in a back-up role, there may not be many carries for freshmen Carlton Thomas, Richard Samuel and Dontavius Jackson. That doesn't automatically mean any of them will end up redshirting, however.

"We are not saying that its etched in stone that two guys are going to redshirt," Richt said. "If a guy can maybe start on three special teams, then that's worth playing."


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