Published March 30, 2013 - 11:00amNEW: Follow on facebook -
The scary thought over Easter weekend? Try a faster, leaner and more muscular Todd Gurley in Georgia’s offense.
You could have made an argument that Todd Gurley was the best running back in the country in 2012 and easily justify your reasoning, and he tops that list this spring heading into the 2013 season.
Gurley posted sick numbers as a less-hyped running back than Keith Marshall, when he rushed for 1,385 yards and 18 touchdowns on a mind-boggling 222 carries as a true freshman.
The preseason comparisons to Trent Richardson by teammates were warranted.
Usually, true freshmen hit a wall at some point during their first season, because they haven’t had to go through the rigorous week-in, week-out schedule of a full season in college football. Gurley was the exception.
Though he was nicked up at times and dealt with nagging shoulder and leg injuries, he pushed through the entire year. That’s what was so impressive.
Gurley now weighs roughly 230 pounds, compared to last year’s 218 pounds, via the Macon Telegraph.
“I guess it’s more muscle now, from doing a lot of lifting and stuff like that, and developing my arms,” Gurley said. “Yeah it’s more muscle. But I think by the time summertime comes around I’ll probably lose all that.”
Gurley’s yards after contact in 2012 was nothing short of jaw dropping at times, often carrying defenders at the second level.
Mark Richt says Gurley looks trimmer with more endurance and quickness; Mike Bobo says Gurley looks faster; and I say that’s terrifying for any defensive coordinator to ponder this offseason.
So, Gurley’s between-the-tackles, smash-mouth running game will continue to improve, as he’s not losing his speed or vision. This spring Gurley’s working on getting better as a receiver and a blocker. He caught 16 passes for 177 yards last season, and he’s truly working his game to become the very best every-down back in college football.
Georgia’s offense will be nothing short of explosive and very balanced with Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley.
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