I couldn’t help but play the “what if” game for a moment after reading this exchange from yesterday’s presser:
… Moreno, 21, who talked to family and coaches, said financial considerations were a factor. So was the short shelf life that NFL running backs sometimes have, which prompted Richt to remind him about his redshirt year.
“That’s a whole year’s worth of hits you didn’t take there,” Richt said.
“I appreciate it,” Moreno said laughing.
How different would the ’06 and (early) ’07 seasons have been if Knowshon hadn’t been redshirted? I’ve got to think that having Moreno in the backfield for his true freshman year would have taken a significant amount of pressure off of the quarterback corps that struggled noticeably through most of that season.
I don’t think it’s a big enough deal that it’s going to haunt Mark Richt for the rest of his life, but I don’t think it’ll be out of his head totally, either.