Laurence Maroney is a NFL running back for the Denver Broncos team. Maroney, who was the 21st pick overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
While at Minnesota, he started in only 14 of 36 games in which he played. Despite this fact, he was the first Golden Gopher to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons and only the third in the Big Ten Conference to make that mark. Standing five feet eleven inches tall, Maroney made his debut in 2006 for the New England Patriots team.
In two seasons with the New England Patriots, Maroney has been dogged by injury problems, playing in 14 games his first season and 13 in his second. Overall, he’s averaged 4.4 yards per carry, running for six touchdowns and fumbling once. He’s gained a total of 1,580 yards. Although he showed potential in his initial season, Maroney, who was expected to replace former Pats running back Corey Dillon, fell short in 2007. As he was inactive for the Patriots team, he was traded to the Denver Broncos on 14th September, 2010.
Known for possessing balance, agility and quickness, the running back displayed strength and athleticism in his rookie season. He runs well laterally and can turn the corner. Maroney can also occasionally break out for big gains, although he’s more of a grind it out type of runner. He has the power, strength and pad level to break tackles and move the pile. He’s also a good open field runner with fine vision for developing playing, making him a good kick return man. He’s a fearless runner but does not translate this determination into the blocking game. For Maroney to be effective in 2008, he needs to stay healthy.