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Georgia Bulldogs Backfield Tandem Returns for 2013

John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Georgia Bulldogs are coming off of a 12-2 season in 2012, and the Bulldog offense should be one of the nation’s best in 2013.

The Bulldogs should not have any problems running the ball in 2013. Georgia returns the running back tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, who became known as “Gurshall” (a nod to former Bulldog All-American Herschel Walker). The two freshman backs combined to rush for more than 2,000 yards between them.

As a true freshman, Gurley became the go-to back for the Bulldogs in 2012. He carried 222 times for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. Gurley had nine games in which he rushed for at least 100 yards. He had a season-high 130 yards on two occasions, in wins over the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Tennessee Volunteers. Gurley was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.

Marshall also had a big year in his true freshman season. He rushed 117 times for 759 yards and eight touchdowns for the 2012 Bulldogs. Marshall had a team-high rushing game of 164 yards on September 29 in a win over Tennessee. He also went for more than 100 yards against Florida Atlantic (111 yards on 10 carries) and Vanderbilt (130 yards on 16 rushes).

The return of these two outstanding backs, along with the return of quarterback Aaron Murray, should give Georgia an offensive juggernaut in 2013. Last season, Georgia was third in the Southeastern Conference and 19th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 38 points per game. The Bulldogs were fourth in the conference and 43rd in the country in rushing offense in 2012, with 183 yards per contest. And Georgia was third in the SEC and 22nd in the country in total offense last season, averaging 468 yards per outing.

With Gurley and Marshall returning to the Georgia backfield, the numbers for the 2013 Bulldogs should be even better. And another SEC Eastern Division title could be in the works.