Georgia Football: Bulldogs Riding Two True Freshman In The Running Game

By Freddie Vickers
Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

In the fall of 2011, the Georgia Bulldogs received commitments from two of the top running backs in the country, Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley, it appeared there would be a crowded backfield in Athens.  Georgia had SEC Freshman of the Year, Isaiah Crowell returning for 2012, along with Ken Malcome.  It looked as if Gurley and Marshall would have to sit and wait for their opportunity to contribute.

My, how quickly things can change.

Crowell was dismissed after drug and gun charges and has since moved on to Alabama State.

Marshall has contributed.  He has 264 rushing yards and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry.  Versus Vanderbilt, Marshall erupted for a 52 yard touchdown run and finished the game with 10 carries for 82 yards and a pair of scores.  But, it has been Gurley that has taken the bull by the horns and supplanted himself as the starter for the Bulldogs.

Gurley currently leads the SEC in rushing yards (406), rushing yards per game (101.5), rushing touchdowns (six), yards per carry (9.23), all-purpose yards (657), all-purpose yards per game (164.3), scoring (42 points), and kickoff returns for touchdowns (1).

He just went over 100 yards for the third time in his career versus Vanderbilt as he finished with a career high 130 yards and 16 carries.  Gurley also had two touchdowns versus the Commodores.

These two have definitely added another dimension to a Bulldog offense that had a ton of question marks heading into the season.  This offense is balanced, can grind out drives, or hit the home run with the elite skill position talent they possess.

The two freshman even have a nickname “Gurshall”, combining the twos last names, and rhyming with the greatest freshman to grace the field, possibly ever, but definitely between the hedges.


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