Todd Gurley: 4-star RB ready to make impact at UGA this year?

Did you ever see the new video on Todd Gurley?

He’s the 4-star running back from Tarboro, N.C., who signed with UGA over Clemson, among others. He’s buddies with Keith Marshall, another elite tailback from North Carolina who also signed with UGA this past year.

Marshall enrolled early at UGA, while Gurley will report this summer.

Marshall or Gurley, or both, are expected to push incumbent Isaiah Crowell for playing time this fall.

Which one – Gurley or Marshall – do you think will have the quickest impact at UGA?

Some people think Gurley is  more “college ready” at this point, while other  speculate that Marshall might have  the edge because he had the benefit  to go through the spring (although he was injured some) with UGA.

Regardless, UGA fans seem to excited about both new additions.

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Unodawg

May 31st, 2012
11:46 am

Raleigh Dawg

May 31st, 2012
11:54 am

Watched both last year and Gurley will be better, as he runs hard. Marshall runs out of bounds to avoid contact. With Marshall think Derek Tinsley when he was at UT, he is the same type of player.

south ga dawg

May 31st, 2012
11:55 am

Both will make an impact in a way! along with crowell Running Back U will be back!

D. Bridges

May 31st, 2012
11:59 am

i like him,, but the competition doesn’t look too stiff. But still a great highlight film. go Dawgs

GoDawgs

May 31st, 2012
12:00 pm

I think Gurley will be that big down back that Boo was suppose to be that we bring in on 3rd and short or near the goal line and he pounds it in there. I am excited for both though, for it should be an entertaining year for our rbs. Competition breathes better results every time, and if you look at it, Crowell has never worried about competition because everywhere up until he has been the clear first choice. I think it will only make him better to see that he won’t be looked at as the only go to guy we have, and hopefully he steps up to get better. Either way, it will be fun to watch. It has been tough to get excited last year when a new RB came in. I like Samuel, but he is like Patrick Pass, when he gets any sign of contact, he falls down.

bill

May 31st, 2012
12:03 pm

It doesn’t matter how “great” these guys are…it ALWAYS takes our highly-ranked recruits at least two years to learn the CMR/CMB intricate offensive schemes. Sure would like to go back to a power running game instead of this finese stuff that Bobo learned under Donnan!

Tanker264

May 31st, 2012
12:03 pm

He is a beast, looks like the next HW or AP.

AA

May 31st, 2012
12:05 pm

That dude is bigger than everyone he’s playing against!!!!!!

Big Wally Butts

May 31st, 2012
12:06 pm

Just how many number 1 jerseys will UGA have this year? Already got two (one suspended).

Big Wally Butts

May 31st, 2012
12:12 pm

I like the way he hits the hole quickly. Only, at the college level, will he have the patience for the holes to develop and not outrun the big uglies up front? Also, as the current number one on offense found out last year, you have got to learn how to play rb in college (where to line up, how to block, and most importantly, how not to be injured all season). Great highlight film though. Makes it look like he was never tackled in high school. Looking forward to seeing what he can do this fall.

GTBob

May 31st, 2012
12:12 pm

Gurley will red shirt this year and transfer next year when he realizes he isn’t going to play.

Big Wally Butts

May 31st, 2012
12:13 pm

GT – give it a rest, huh?

Grantham's The Man

May 31st, 2012
12:15 pm

Gurley was vastly under rated. He will contribute very early and will have a great career at Ga, and in the NFL. Marshall will be a great change of pace back who will take it to the house. He may be a faster Thomas Brown?

Gurley brings more power than any Ga back for some time. Marshall brings more speed. Great to finally have enough quality depth at Ga. Go Dawgs!!!

G

May 31st, 2012
12:18 pm

Gurley’s vision in amazing. Half of those runs were straight up the middle and he never was touched.

Settle down spaz

May 31st, 2012
12:19 pm

YOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

GTBob

May 31st, 2012
12:19 pm

He will contribute very early and will have a great career at Ga, and in the NFL.

So you think Gurley, Marshall, Malcome, Samuel, and Crowell are all going to get significant playing time this year?

poopdawg

May 31st, 2012
12:20 pm

Marshall’s quickness, speed and most importantly vision will be huge in 2012. Gurley has incredible potential but will need reps to be ready in 2012. Gurley will probably come on big midseason time.

mw

May 31st, 2012
12:20 pm

I am bias since I went to same HS as Marshall but Gurley may have issues with pass blocking coming from the basic offense they ran at his high school. Marshall may get more run initially because of his early admission into UGA. Marshal is very bright (4.0 plus GPA) so consider that as he will pick up things very quickly. Gurley will be a monster mid-year though once he grasps the offense. Marshall is best on the edges and swing passes in the open field.

Vulture

May 31st, 2012
12:24 pm

It’s hard to knock having two 4-stars coming to push Crowell.

tenn.DAWG

May 31st, 2012
12:26 pm

If the O-line isn’t anymore physical than it’s been the last 3 years it may not matter.Lets hope they toughen-up.

mw

May 31st, 2012
12:27 pm

@poopdawg…We agree 100%…..I went to Marshalls games this year and teams stacked the line to stop him which is why his numbers dipped from his junior year. When you think of Marshall, think of Chris Johnson type speed who plays for the Titans.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 31st, 2012
12:28 pm

WOW GaState really needs to get some better posters. They are NOT READY for Primetime. GaState Fans you are really going to have to step up the Insults. If you think you are ready for FBS you better get more game.

MC when are you going to cover GaState Recruits?

Time to initiate the GaState fans on Blog abuse about their lil school.

Steve

May 31st, 2012
12:29 pm

GTBob, I know that you try to get people all worked up, but nowhere in the comment that you are trying to shred did he say that every one of those players would get significant playing time. Come on man, at least talk smart trash instead of fishing for poop.

1970 Dawg

May 31st, 2012
12:29 pm

GT Bob, If he transfers, it means he sees no possible way for playing time because we are so DEEP at RB. That’s a great situation. Right?
BTW, if he transfers, it most likely won’t be to GT.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 31st, 2012
12:39 pm

Crowell is a bust and these guys will play next year. No way Crowell isn’t going to Smoke Away his career at UGa.

GTBob

May 31st, 2012
12:40 pm

BTW, if he transfers, it most likely won’t be to GT.

Lets be honest. It would be pretty difficult for anyone from UGA to transfer to GT.

Big Wally Butts

May 31st, 2012
12:42 pm

Hey SMART person – this blog is about Todd Gurley, not GaState.

Steve

May 31st, 2012
12:46 pm

GTBob, I for one would love to keep bringing academics into this, but that is only because I actually have a UGA degree and a great paying job. However, I realize the Napoleon Syndrome that has manifested itself in every one of your remarks is only going to grow. I would divert the talk away from football on a football blog as well if I was as histrionic and oblivious as you show yourself to be. But you are doing a great job at that, so keep it up for my entertainment please.

chilidawg

May 31st, 2012
12:49 pm

I’m thinking that Crowell and Samuel will get the lion’s share of the workload while the other backs will divide the rest evenly. One of the freshmen may have a breakout game against a patsy and the other may redshirt.

Vince Mooley

May 31st, 2012
12:50 pm

HAHAHAHA GTBob just got dominated, Steve hit it on the head!

BigTimeTECHFan

May 31st, 2012
12:51 pm

Gurley is awesome, as good as Austin McClellan who Tech got.

Watch he moves
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…feature=related

Spanky

May 31st, 2012
12:52 pm

tenn.Dawg. you nailed it, bro! Unless the O-line creates a few holes and learns their assignments, these very talented RB’s will have to convert to panicking Screen Backs…no bueno! However, I have heard that coach Friend is and has made some progress with our big guys! If that’s the case, I do feel like Gurley would fit the “Power Back” mold nicely!! Go Dawgs!!

destin dawg

May 31st, 2012
12:52 pm

great to have the depth.. I’m waiting for Boo Malcome to step up !!

KJ

May 31st, 2012
12:53 pm

“Lets be honest. It would be pretty difficult for anyone from UGA to transfer to GT.”

Yeah, keep up those lofty academic standards delusions. Fish Fry would give his eye teeth to have half the players on UGA’s roster. If their grades weren’t quite up to snuff, he’d just make them “Management” majors, ezgame.

Spanky

May 31st, 2012
12:55 pm

LOL, Steve!! Wicked Burn!

A person SMART enough to know......

May 31st, 2012
12:56 pm

KJ…..Managemnet isn’t EZ and it sure as hell isn’t Housing at UGa

bart

May 31st, 2012
1:06 pm

The bar has been raised significantly. Whoever gets the carries will have to be special – and that’s saying something with the talent level at the rb position. Haven’t been able to say that for years.

GTBob

May 31st, 2012
1:11 pm

Yeah, keep up those lofty academic standards delusions. Fish Fry would give his eye teeth to have half the players on UGA’s roster.

Yeah, just what CPJ needs. A large group of guys who wouldn’t be able to pass classes that he constantly has to drug test and hope they will actually be eligible to play football. Having lesser talent isn’t always a bad thing.

Old Boy

May 31st, 2012
1:12 pm

I haven’t taken a “Managemnet” class, so I don’t know if it is hard. Spellcheck is kind of important when you are insulting people about education. . .

Blue

May 31st, 2012
1:15 pm

tanker; enough with the “next HW” talk. I’m not even a UGA guy, and after watching an ESPN special a week ago on Herschel, I will tell you…nobody should ever be compared to him.

GTBob

May 31st, 2012
1:16 pm

GTBob, I for one would love to keep bringing academics into this, but that is only because I actually have a UGA degree and a great paying job.

I didn’t say anything about academics. I said that UGA people would have a hard time transferring to GT. If you don’t know why then that is on you. You felt the need to tell me how great you are so it is safe to assume that you feel the need to compensate for some shortcomings. I wouldn’t talk about others peoples issues when it is pretty obvious you have some significant ones yourself.

Dirty Dawg

May 31st, 2012
1:18 pm

Need an O-line and enough footballs to go around. Plus if they all perform as hoped, we can probably kiss the kid from Fla goodbye for next year. But you have to agree with the statement that it would be a ‘good’ problem to have. As for transferring to Tech…if it’s unlikely at all it’ll be because a player wouldn’t want to take a step down and not because he couldn’t qualify. I’ve never seen a quality football player yet that Tech couldn’t keep eligible if they wanted to…may never graduate, but they’ll sure use up their eligibility.

Answer please ............

May 31st, 2012
1:22 pm

Richard Samuel ran hard in G Day, blowing would be tacklers back and with a burst of speed. He will not carry it 25 times per game BUT R. Samuel will get HIS yards and will absolutely help UGA and he will play in the NFL. Samuel has heart and size and strength and if he is healthy, he could be a big game breaker or a difference maker for sure !!

We were forewarned about IC’s tendancy to coast in games from his HS days and when he realized how he was just physically inferior to SEC’s D players and could not handle 25 carries per game, he sat. Yes, IC was hurt but so far, I am not impressed and with the new backs ……………………….we will see a different IC or he will fall way back in the crowd and leave.

The new FROSH backs will ALSO be slow to grow into the SEC ……………….so Richard Samuel and Boo Malcome will be ready.

You heard it here first. Gooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.
Go Dogs.

GTBob

May 31st, 2012
1:23 pm

I’ve never seen a quality football player yet that Tech couldn’t keep eligible if they wanted to…may never graduate, but they’ll sure use up their eligibility.

Were you alive during flunk gate?

"The Georgia Way"

May 31st, 2012
1:23 pm

Both will be ok if they can stay away from the “brownies.”

destin dawg

May 31st, 2012
1:24 pm

Friend is going great things with the O Line.. with the new recruits and Grantham’s junkyard Dawg defense it’ll be a great 2012 season and beyond… Gooooo Dawgs !!

Steve

May 31st, 2012
1:28 pm

GTBob, wow. Bravo. I have too many shortcomings to count, and now I see the light. That is pretty powerful since I was simply rebutting some of the vitriol that you decided to post. You make a comment with an insinuation of superiority while trying to make a shot at someone else, and when they reply with evidence to the contrary you come to the obvious conclusion that they have problems. Do me a favor and Google ‘faulty logic” and I really do think you will be surprised to find out so many things about yourself.

dogT

May 31st, 2012
1:29 pm

with all these dream team type running backs, the Ga running game should dominate the SEC this year! Mark this down–Ga wins the SEC east easily again and upsets alabama for the SEC title!!! the Dogs are back.

GTBob, ever hear of

May 31st, 2012
1:30 pm

Tyrone Sorrells?

Auburn Grad

May 31st, 2012
1:30 pm

I remember a guy named John Dewberry that transferred from UGA to GT. Did pretty good as a ball player and in the business world. Don’t know if he ever graduated; I suspect he did.