Todd Gurley Early Heisman Favorite Despite Georgia Bulldogs Loss to Nebraska Cornhuskers

By Taylor Sturm
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Bulldogs didn’t have the national championship season they were expecting; they didn’t even come close. The Bulldogs struggled due to injuries all season long and even lost star quarterback Aaron Murray to injury for their final game of the 2013 college football season in the Gator Bowl.

Georgia came into the game as a favorite to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but fell short as its defense couldn’t contain Ameer Abdullah who rushed for 122 yards. The Bulldogs lost 24 – 19, but got some positive signs for the future from quarterback Hutson Mason and, more importantly, Todd Gurley.

In the Gator Bowl, Gurley rushed for 86 yards and caught seven passes for 97 yards. He was easily the most explosive player on either team on offense. Since he is just a sophomore, he will be returning next season to play with the Bulldogs and should be an early favorite for the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

Gurley ran for over 900 yards this season and 10 touchdowns, as well as caught for over 300 yards and five touchdowns. He wasn’t as explosive as he was as a freshman, but as injuries started taking their toll on Georgia’s other running backs and receivers, he had to become the main work horse. He improved in his second collegiate year as an overall football player and should continue to improve next season.

Georgia probably won’t be the best all-around team in the SEC East next year, but with a running back as explosive as Gurley in the backfield, the Bulldogs will be extremely dangerous. Don’t be surprised if, as the main offensive weapon for Georgia in the 2014 college football season, Gurley not only wins the Heisman, but also jumps into the discussion for a top five NFL draft pick.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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