Knowshon to Return Punts?

ATHENS – Knowshon Moreno may have a chance to impress Heisman voters even when he's not busting through the line of scrimmage on offense this season.

Georgia held a special teams scrimmage Thursday, and head coach Mark Richt said Moreno, the team's leading rusher a year ago, is one of the top contenders for the role of punt returner this season.

"I'm not sure whether we'll pull the trigger there or not, but he's working there," Richt said. "Knowshon will do anything you ask him to do. We're trying to get our best players across the board at any position, including special teams, and he has an aptitude for it."

The other top contenders for the punt-return job, according to Richt, are freshman running back Carlton Thomas, safety Asher Allen and third-string quarterback Logan Gray.

Allen returned kicks for the Bulldogs last season, and is unlikely to fill both rolls this year, Richt said.

Like Moreno, Gray may play a key role on offense this season, too. Former Bulldogs quarterback Joe Tereshinski played on special teams as a punt returner early in his career, but Georgia carried four quarterbacks at the time. Gray's elevated spot on the depth chart makes his use on special teams a bit more risky.

"A guy in those positions could get banged up to where he can't play QB, and that would be scary, but I think we've just got to let him play right now," Richt said.

In addition to punt return duties, Richt said Gray is also working out as the gunner on punt coverage and safety on kickoffs.

"Logan wants to help us win," Richt said. "He just wants to play."

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