SEC All-Purpose Animal: Todd Gurley

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Much has been made about the special-looking freshman from North Carolina who dons the red and black now. Freshman Todd Gurley made quite the impact against Buffalo a week ago. He leads the SEC with 227 all-purpose yards.

Gurley was viewed as more of an insurance policy to fellow freshman running back Keith Marshall. Marshall was the pied piper of the ’12 recruiting class, while Gurley was viewed by most as a guy who could contribute down the road.

But with the dismissal of Isaiah Crowell, Gurley saw more action in fall camp than expected when he signed in February, and he played himself right into a go-to role for the offense and special teams.

He has a rare combination of size, speed and power at 6-1, 220 pounds, and he is a burner in the open field.

Gurley only carried eight times last week in his debut, but he amassed 100 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, including a big 55-yarder in the fourth quarter. I think Gurley gets 15 to 20 touches this weekend on offense and really makes the SEC world talk about him.

In addition to his ability to run between the tackles, he housed a 100-yard kickoff return. With the loss of Brandon Boykin from last season, Gurley looks to fill his shoes nicely. However, it may become a risk for Georgia to use him on special teams if Gurley becomes ‘the guy’ for the Dawgs at running back.

But any way you use him, Gurley is a weapon for this team. Mark Richt has eliminated any ‘pressure’ on Gurley by naming Ken Malcome as the starter. But look for Gurley to get in the game early, as will Marshall.

Georgia has a pretty bright future at running back, but we usually say this every year. Gurley, however, will try to be the one who sticks.

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