Georgia Bulldogs Must Turn to Todd Gurley in 2014

By Tim Letcher
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

In 2013, the Georgia Bulldogs had a number of options on offense, especially at the beginning of the season. Senior quarterback Aaron Murray had a pair of outstanding running backs, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, as well as a number of good receivers, and an outstanding tight end, Arthur Lynch.

However, as injuries too their toll, the number of weapons that Georgia had at its disposal dwindled. Murray even went down with a season-ending knee injury. Gurley and Marshall both missed time, and the number of wide receivers that were injured would be tough to count.

Head coach Mark Richt had hoped that 2013 would be a big season for the ‘Dogs, but injuries derailed any hopes of winning the Southeastern Conference, or maybe even the BCS National Championship.

In 2014, things will be somewhat similar, although there will be one big change. While Georgia appears to have many of its offensive weapons back again, the Bulldogs will be missing Murray, who started at quarterback for the last four years. Senior-to-be Hutson Mason figures to take over as the starter, after starting the final two games in 2013.

If Georgia is to be successful next season, Gurley must be the go-to guy. In 2013, he rushed for 989 yards, after posting 1,385 as a freshman in 2012. If Georgia is to make strides this season, Gurley needs to see his rushing attempts total increase (it was 165 last season, compared with 222 as a freshman).

Granted, Gurley did miss some time in 2013, but he needs to touch the ball more next season if Georgia wants to have a shot at the SEC East title.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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