There probably isn’t a wrong answer, but Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald put former UGA running back Danny Ware on the spot when he asked him whether Todd Gurley or Knowshon Moreno is better.
“It’s kind of a hard comparison,” Ware said. “Knowshon was a little smaller, but he was still beefed up. He did some amazing things. It’s kind of tough. Todd has done his fair share of amazing things, but I think Knowshon, he came in and had two seniors in front of him and still ended up being the man. Guys that were not bad, guys that were really good, he took off and ran away with the starting spot.”
In two seasons Gurley has rushed for 2,374 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry, and has scored 33 total touchdowns, while Moreno rushed for 2,734 yards, averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored 32 total touchdowns. Those numbers are pretty comparable, and while Moreno has the edge of 360 yards, Gurley would have likely surpassed those numbers had he not missed time due to injuries this past season.
Like Gurley, Moreno played in a deep backfield that featured Kregg Lumpkin and Thomas Brown, and he headed to the NFL as a draft-eligible sophomore.
But give me a healthy Gurley over Moreno all day, and when healthy, Gurley’s the best player in college football. A healthy Keith Marshall or the rise of either Sony Michel or Nick Chubb could make Gurley that much better. However, he’s already the total package.
“A big body, runs hard, fast,” Ware said about Gurley. “Catches the ball good out of the backfield, blocks good. He’s pretty much the total package. If he stays healthy, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”
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