SEC Football: Georgia's Todd Gurley Puts in Best Performance of Week 1

By Brandon Daniel
SEC Football: Best Performance of Week 1
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After what seemed like an eternity to finally arrive, Week 1 of the college football season came and went in the blink of an eye. We waited all spring and summer, finally getting back to live action and it didn’t disappoint. As fans, we were treated to some tremendous individual performances over the last few days.

None were more impressive than what Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs did against the Clemson Tigers.

Apologies to Kenny Hill, new quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies, but what Gurley did Saturday night was otherworldly. Hill was certainly impressive, but he threw the ball 60 times on Thursday night completing 44 of those which averaged 8.3 yards per attempt. Again it was tremendous, but it wasn’t what we saw on Saturday in Athens.

Gurley did his damage on only 17 touches.

On those 17 touches, Gurley racked up 293 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns with a whopping 17.2 yards per touch. Clemson had no answer up front as the line blocked well and Gurley ran like a man possessed every time his number was called. What has always separated him from other backs on Georgia’s roster is his ability to make something happen, even if the play isn’t blocked well.

Saturday, between the hedges we saw what happens if Georgia’s line blocks well. And what happens is total domination.

Gurley’s performance has propelled him to the front of the Heisman line and if the rest of the team plays the way they did Saturday night, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t stay there. The only question moving forward is if he can stay healthy, and that will loom all season until Gurley plays in all 12 games.

What we saw against the Tigers was exactly what a healthy, experienced Todd Gurley can do and it was nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy him while you can, because come January, he will be headed for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Gurley put in far and away the best performance from Week 1, and the guess is it won’t be the last time he earns that distinction.

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