Broncos" src="http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2013/06/13/061313_NFL_Denver_Broncos_G_AA_20130613160628196_600_400.JPG" alt="" width="600" height="400" /> As the Broncos continue to move forward in a different direction, veteran running back Willis McGahee was axed on Thursday. The running back said he wasn’t caught off-guard by the move at all. "I knew it was going to happen. It is what it is. They are going younger," McGahee told ESPN's Josina Anderson. It got us looking at the Broncos’ running backs and noticed one constant.: Each of them succeeded at great lengths on the collegiate level. Although that would seem obvious because each running back in the NFL is an elite athlete, this group had well-decorated careers playing on Saturdays. Let’s get into it.
Knowshon Moreno, Georgia: Drafted No. 12 overall in 2009 Moreno redshirted his first year on Georgia’s campus in 2006, but hit the ground running year in 2007. Following an injury to tailback Thomas Brown in the season opener, Moreno earned the starting gig and never looked back. He racked up 1,334 yards and 14 TDs while being named to the Freshman All-American team. His sophomore season is when he became a household name, becoming a finalist in the Doak Walker award voting and ripping off plenty of highlight-reel runs, including his hurdle over a Central Michigan defender that would live on YouTube forever. See it to believe it:
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State: Drafted in third round in 2012 Like Moreno, Hillman only played two seasons of college football. That’s all he needed. During that time, he ran for more than 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Montee Ball, Wisconsin: Drafted in second round in 2013 And then there’s Montee Ball or Mr. Do Everything. Ball was a Heisman finalist during his junior year, when he ran for 39 touchdowns, tying Barry Sanders’ single-season record. What’s more is Ball decided to follow that up by returning for his senior season and eventually breaking the all-time NCAA TD record (83). Take a look and learn:
We’re not ignoring you either, Lance Ball. We just really can’t remember what the hell you did at Maryland. Doesn’t matter, you’re cashing an NFL-sized paycheck.
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