Around this time of year every college football fan around the nation is counting down the days until the next season’s first game. The Georgia Bulldogs face the Clemson Tigers in their first game of the 2013 season, and it is almost assuredly going to be a top 10 battle. This year could be special for Bulldog fans after Aaron Murray chose to stay on board for his senior season and Todd Gurley is only entering his true sophomore year. This year could be special because both players are poised to have tremendous seasons.
Sanford Stadium has been home to numerous great players, but how many played on the same team? Herschel Walker was joined by Buck Belue, but Belue is no Fran Tarkenton for sure. John Rauch played under center for a year with Charley Trippi behind him, but Rauch was merely a freshman. Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno had each other, but neither really played up to their potential in the season they were dubbed the preseason favorites. There has never been a combo with as much potential as Murray and Gurley.
Aaron Murray is set to destroy SEC passing records, he only needs 20 touchdowns to break Danny Wuerffel’s career TD mark and 1,500 passing yards will take him over the top of the SEC’s career passing yardage mark. If he can stay healthy both of these milestones could be broken by the time the Bulldogs take on the Florida Gators in late October.
Todd Gurley is coming off of a monstrous year where he showed he is the back that any team in the NCAA would want. As a true freshman, he looked like a seasoned veteran running for 1,385 yards and broke Herschel’s freshman touchdown record by scoring 17 times. There were even times where Gurley reminded many of us of Herschel. The first game against Buffalo he used his strength and speed to destroy defenders in his path.
Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley have a chance to do something very special, but for them to become the greatest, they will have to earn it in the end. The potential to be great is one thing, but winning a National Championship would be a deal sealer for me. Do you think they can do it?