The best RB in college football is Georgia Bulldogs‘ junior standout Todd Gurley. At 6-foot-1 and 232 pounds, Gurley possesses the size and speed you look for in a running back. In Gurley’s true freshman season, he ran for an impressive 1,385 yards on 222 carries with 17 touchdowns. Despite missing a little more than three games in his sophomore campaign, Gurley still managed to lead the Bulldogs in rushing with 989 yard on 165 attempts and 10 touchdowns.
When playing at 100 percent, there is not another player in the country who can make an impact like Gurley. Not only is he devastating runner, but Gurley also possesses the skill to catch the ball out of the backfield. In the Bulldogs’ game against the Florida Gators during the 2013 season, Gurley showed his receiving skills after he caught a pass up the middle and outran several defenders for a 73-yard touchdown.
Not only is Gurley the best running back in the country right now, but he may be the best back college football has seen in a long time. When comparing Gurley to other great running backs in recent memory, the name that comes up most is Adrian Peterson. That’s pretty high praise for a guy who really hasn’t had the opportunity to show what he can do because of nagging injuries.
Gurley does not have many flaws in his game except for his inability to stay healthy for a full season, but who wouldn’t have trouble staying completely healthy in a conference like the SEC? With his big thighs, Gurley rarely goes down on first contact. He has incredible speed for a guy his size, but also displays incredible patience when attacking the hole.
What might be even more impressive than Gurley and his game is the fact that he shares the backfield with another talented running back in Keith Marshall. Surprisingly, Marshall was the more highly touted player coming out of high school. Many considered him the top running back in the 2012 recruiting class. Just imagine what kind of numbers Gurley could put up if he were not sharing carries with another great back.
Anything can happen between now and the end of the 2014 season, but if Gurley can stay healthy for the entire season, he should find himself in New York in December as a Heisman Trophy finalist. If he can really put it together during the season, don’t be surprised if he ends up taking the trophy home. You should also expect Gurley to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, where he will likely be a first-round pick.