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Knowshon Moreno made his college debut less than a year ago and already there's buzz wondering if Georgia fans will have to catch him while they can.

Moreno, a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore, is already being talked about as a potential top NFL prospect for 2009.

Will it be one more season and done with the Bulldogs for Moreno? Will he even consider that possibility after the season?

"I'm not sure because I'm not giving any thought to that right now," Moreno said. "That's something for people to talk about, but I'm not going to pay any attention to it."

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN draft analyst, talked about that this week when he mentioned Moreno as a 2009 prospect.

"If you look at a third-year sophomore who is eligible for the draft and is also a Heisman candidate, Knowshon Moreno at Georgia, what a football player he is," Kiper said on ESPNews. "An attacker, an aggressive player, tackle-breaker with dynamic skills, Knowshon Moreno I think will be a highly-rated guy."

That's a scenario that is now a possibility after Moreno had a breakthrough season in 2007. Moreno rushed for 1,334 yards, the most for a Georgia freshman since Herschel Walker in 1980, and 14 touchdowns.

Those close to him back home in New Jersey aren't in unison about what Moreno might do.

"There's no doubt in my mind that this boy will stay at UGA until he graduates," said Dr. Jean D'Arcy Maculaitis, who runs a testing center in New Jersey that Moreno attended when he was in high school.

"I don't think he'll do the redshirt year (2010) but I think after he graduates in four years then he will leave. He will not stay for an extra year. He will be there to graduate. It's always been about academics with him."

Steve Antonucci, who coached Moreno at Middletown South High School and who remains close with him, won't go that far in saying that Moreno will return for a junior season.

"I don't know what his thoughts are to what's going to happen after next season," Antonucci said. "Money talks, obviously. His situation financially, taking care of his family. All of that stuff is going to come into play. I don't know. We haven't sat down and talked about it."

How the next few months ahead unfold could have an impact.

Moreno is a Heisman Trophy frontrunner and Georgia is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches' poll.

"If the Heisman is a reality, if it does happen, if Georgia wins a national championship that will have an impact," Antonucci said. "And I think (quarterback) Matthew Stafford's status. If Matthew decides that he's going to go out, that could have some (influence)."

Georgia coach Mark Richt wants Moreno - and Stafford for that matter - to enjoy the season ahead and not think about decisions that they will make after the season.

"Here's what I say about that: We don't know, and what is important I think for Matthew or Knowshon or whoever you want to talk about, everybody knows the rules and knows there might be discussion and there might be some thought as to what to do and decisions to be made," Richt said. "Right now, what I think is really important is for them to just enjoy this season and enjoy competing for Georgia."

Richt said he wants Moreno and Stafford to focus on what they came to Georgia to try to do - winning lots of games, winning championships, becoming an All-American and having fun.

"Let's live that experience," Richt said. "You want to make memories in life. Making memories, the older I get, the more I realize how important they really are. That's what these guys need to do. Enjoy this thing and make memories and then figure out what to do afterwards."

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I think a lot of it will depend on the CBA in the NFL. If they revise the rookie salary rules, and it goes into effect after the next draft, I would think both Stafford and Moreno would want to leave.

Agreed. I think you might see the draft get flooded with kids who are and arent ready if that happens.

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I think a lot of it will depend on the CBA in the NFL. If they revise the rookie salary rules, and it goes into effect after the next draft, I would think both Stafford and Moreno would want to leave.

yep.. i hate to see it happen, but uga could lose 6 to 8 jrs if that did occur.

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yep.. i hate to see it happen, but uga could lose 6 to 8 jrs if that did occur.

So would a lot of other big programs, so at least we'd be on level footing.

Honestly though, it should only really affect very highly rated prospects. Second round and down guys probably won't be affected too much. You just won't see any more Matt Ryan like deals for the top picks.

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