About Them Dawgs: Todd Gurley
December, 3, 2012
By David Ching | ESPN.com
Kevin Liles/US PresswireWith only a little work on pass protection being needed, UGA freshman Todd Gurley can expect to have a monster career in Athens.Editor’s note: Each day between now and Georgia’s Capital One Bowl date with Nebraska, DawgNation will review the season for a key Bulldogs player and attempt to project what’s next. Today we’ll look at tailback Todd Gurley.
No. 3 Todd Gurley
199 carries, 1,260 yards, 16 TDs in 2012
Role in 2012: Gurley has had as good a freshman year as anyone could possibly have expected, seizing the starting job early in the season and going on to lead the SEC with 1,260 rushing yards.
The good: The freshman has impressive size for a player his age and possesses a skill set that makes him a useful every-down back. Most importantly, he is a physical runner capable of moving the pile and getting yards after contact. But he also has good speed and agility, which helped him break a number of long runs this season once he broke into the secondary. Gurley is already a bona fide star in a running back league.
The bad: There is little from Gurley’s first college season to nitpick. He naturally experienced a problem or two in pass protection, but he’s a willing blocker. And although it appeared he was beginning to wear down at midseason when he rushed for 39 and 47 yards in consecutive games against South Carolina and Kentucky, respectively, he bounced back to rush for 97 yards or more in five of Georgia’s last six games.
Crystal ball: Gurley already has proved he can be a workhorse running back in the SEC. That trend should continue not only against Nebraska but during his next two college seasons. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored 16 touchdowns this season. His average of 96.9 yards per game is second in the SEC to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s average of 98.4. With Gurley and freshman Keith Marshall in the backfield, expect Georgia’s running game to remain a strength for at least two more years.
Projecting Impact Teams in 2015 Recruiting
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35