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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doddworley

May 31st, 2012
8:51 pm

gt will beat UGA sometime soon. We are going to draw up a super-duper smart game plan that no one else can possibly fathom

bitter f__ bamma fans

May 31st, 2012
8:58 pm

Again trolls games are won on saturday————–stop with all the B.S like the droll that a person so dumb throws out————–dude try and stay with the subject matter!!!!

This article is about a kid who runs hard between the tackles—–he earned his scholly

let this fall be his judge—————dumb stop hatt-in on UGA you 14th tranny

—-Coach richt and our stellar line up does not now include NO MORE THUGGS

————–YOU HATE AND IM FED UP with your dribble—-go F____ yourself dumb

—————-@king daddy—dont try and defend his hate-in a$$

—–GO DAWGS AND TECH———————–TRAILER TRASH DUMB

Lakedawg

May 31st, 2012
9:01 pm

AMEN Bucket—Game change is no more a Dawgs fan than Bob.

Magnolia Dawg

May 31st, 2012
9:12 pm

Can anyone say…………. Hampton – Worley and Henderson. Did we forget how good that threesome was.

Game Changer

May 31st, 2012
9:44 pm

@all

Shaq Wiggins is the latest UGA commit now waffling and set to visit alot more schools.

ryan

May 31st, 2012
10:14 pm

Game Changer there has been nothing about Wiggins wavering i have not seen any info on scout or 247 sports Nick Glass tweets UGA is getting a commit tomorrow game changer claims has all this info and he does not 247 sports is the best and honest place to recruiting info don’t believe these wannabes like game changer .

bitter f__ bamma fans

May 31st, 2012
10:19 pm

@shame changer—-lies, distoration, hate———punk

Ghost

May 31st, 2012
10:19 pm

Mredddawg, Gurley too slow, you should do some research, before sticking your foot in your mouth.
Todd Gurley Won state title in 200 meter hurdles and ran a 4.30 40 time recently. His personal bests are 100 Meter Dash in 10.70, 110 Meter Hurdles in 14.13, 200 Meter Dash in 22.85, and 300 Meter Hurdles in 40.89.

Ghost

May 31st, 2012
10:20 pm

game changer is a tech fan, envious to the bone.

Ghost

May 31st, 2012
10:35 pm

Tide roll, Dantzler was offered by bama the team you hide behind and by Tech the team your ‘re a fan of. Why are you ashamed of the old gold and white? You’re an embarrassing the tide nation .

bucket

May 31st, 2012
10:37 pm

Game changer = A Father = A Tech fan. He never has one single good thing to say about the school he supposedly loves. Everytime someone is critical of Tech, Game Changer is one of the first to make a comeback supporting Tech. It’s ok to be a Tech fan, but pathetic to be a pretend fan of any school just to try and stir the pot. Every recruit from Brice Ramsey to now Shaq Wiggins is waffling according to Game Changer. No one knows exactly what will happen NSD 2013, but I gurantee you Game Changer doesn’t know something that no one else in the recruting world knows.

bucket

May 31st, 2012
10:38 pm

@ Ghost – good point about Gurley. Gurley may well turn out to be as big as Samuel, but right now he is much faster than Samuel and that is not a put down on Samuel who has been a DGD.

Ghost

May 31st, 2012
10:44 pm

Bucket , Samuel will contribute if he can stay healthy, and many of his contributions won’t show up on the stat line.He is a DGD.

omg

May 31st, 2012
11:21 pm

pass the koolaid

boykin

May 31st, 2012
11:56 pm

With Crowell’s activities plus his injuries plus his noted reluctance to take hits in practice…Gurley may usurp him this yr!

OkieDawg

June 1st, 2012
12:00 am

Todd Gurley is clearly the best athelete on the field…yet I am bothered by the highlight film. What is the level of defensive competition/coaching? On most runs, the defensive linemen are already standing at the snap or they stand up at the snap. All 11 defenders are generally lined up within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage. There is no blocking (didn’t see one) and absolutely no tackling. That is the worst football (technique wise) I’ve seen. Is that just indicative of NC high school football. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to have Todd…but he is about to see a diferent level of competition for sure!

ACCrules

June 1st, 2012
6:53 am

It doesn’t matter because the o-line is not good.

Game Changer

June 1st, 2012
7:29 am

bucket

Bruce Ramsey is not waffling, he is being “”used”" by Mark Rciht and staff to help recruit the 2013 class for UGA. Brice Ramsey does not fit the UGA type QB at this time and that is the issue, Brice fits the offensive schemes of Alabama, LSU, Florida beginning this year, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss

Shaq Wiggins is waffling as of May 31, 2012 — no apology necessary

No different than UGA in the last two days putting out news that U Lemay probably want be able to qualify even if he commits today, now why would UGA offer the brother of a current football team member, and then just a day or two before the young man announces the school, UGA is making negative statements out of Butts Mehre?

bitter coach Grantham

June 1st, 2012
7:54 am

Dude stop with the lies—-All bamma trolls hate that UGA is toe to toe with U/A with repect to recruiting this year and last and dont forget the dream team

———————-My sources tell me that dillion lee is waffling, and will transfer within the next two weeks

————————he knows saban sold him a –USED CAR—–BLA-HAHAHAHAHAH

Thomas Brown

June 1st, 2012
8:33 am

Pass-Happy Offense we have, yeah, we’re excited to have 3 running backs of the caliber of these 3 – anyone of which would be the Starter at every school in the nation. Will Favorite Isaiah Crowell remain Mark Richt and Mike Bobo’s Favorite ? If he plays the other 2, no.

# 49 Rushing Offense for SEC East Champions UGA Bulldogs

Although we finished the season actually the # 5 team in The SEC, Isaiah Crowell finished the season only the

# 71 Running Back nationally, Isaiah Crowell

49 rushing yards per game # 1 (alternate # 1) Isaiah Crowell put up against the 4 teams who achieved any top 25 poll ranking for 2011.

49 per game in the 4 Losses, is not university of ground attack numbers

Largely a no-show would be a far more accurate assessment of his numbers in the 4 losses.

Given a bye for multiple transgressions off the field and even more transgressions on the field, Isaiah Crowell is the # 1 running back going into 2012, this season of 1 opponent all season who achieved any top 25 poll.

Keith Marshall and Malcolm Mitchell should have been the Stars on Offense 2012, based upon this.

HAMSTRINGS sidelined both for Spring Practice.

That happens again in the Fall, and you have a recipe for

TODD GURLEY.

Or, Aaron Murray to throw the football

403 pass attempts 2012 as he did 2011, completing only 238 of them, despite playing 10 teams in a row not a 1 of whom achieved any top 25 poll.

# 72 nationally in Pass Completion Percentage

Obviously, we fully expect as a Fan Base, that UGA would

RUN THE FOOTBALL 2012.

Clearly, losing as many as 12 on Defense who would have Started for us here, after this up-coming 2012 season, the eyes of the Bulldogs’ Faithful will be on the FAILED OFFENSE

# 72 Pass Completion Percentage QB nationally
# 71 Running Back nationally

And, 2012 of course now we face having LOST 4 Senior OL Starters, 3 of whom are now in the NFL.

There is the confusion about Special Teams

# 80 Special Teams nationally 2011 UGA.

Or, else, there would be all eyes on what the offense can do 2012.

So, yeah, we are excited about having 3 running backs, the likes of which no team in the nation can match. (What Mike Bobo calls in this pass-happy offense, is that he likes to throw the football 403 times with Aaron Murray not hitting the broad side of the barn.)

Game Changer

June 1st, 2012
8:37 am

The questions surrounding Todd Grantham being at UGA after 2012 season is going to hurt UGA as we move forward with the 2013 class of recruits. Blame McGarity and the lack of leadership in Butts Mehre

RedandBlackDAWG

June 1st, 2012
8:45 am

Gurley will be like we had hoped Samuel would be and Malcome, could be. He is a tough yard gainer, and gains a fair amount of yard after the first contact. He is better though, simply because he has the little extra burst of speed and makes his cuts faster. Before the year is out, I see him getting a fair amount of carries along side Crowell and Mitchell. Crowell is faster and makes people miss by faking them out a lot, and once he gets some open space, he is gone. Marshall’s strong suit is his ability to read the line and anticipate the hole. Because of his speed, he is through it so quickly and once he is past the initial line surge, he has the ability to outrun the second line of defense. Gurley, finds the hole and gets through fast, and his ability is more in the fact that he takes a hit and keeps on ticking.
These three guys present UGA with an interesting but healthy dilemma, as all three are going to be great in their own right, but all three will be vying for time on the field.

GO DAWGS and GATA

Thomas Brown

June 1st, 2012
9:02 am

http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=4191930

“Crowell is faster and makes people miss by faking them out a lot, and once he gets some open space, he is gone.”

Uh, no sir. Isaiah Crowell is only 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, URL Link provided, while Keith Marshall is significantly faster at 4.29. Night and Day FASTER than Isaiah Crowell. Isaiah Crowell’s gone ? His longest run was only 29 yards, hardly as described “he is gone.”

You seem to be providing a largely biased view of Isaiah Crowell, sir.

Thomas Brown

June 1st, 2012
9:13 am

“He is gone.”
___________
Carlton Thomas had a higher per rush average than Isaiah Crowell.

Carlton Thomas would be what then, with regard to “He is gone.” ?

________________________________
14.7 yards per carry Brandon Boykin
12.0 yards per carry Alexander Ogletree
9.5 yards per carry Malcolm Mitchell
7.7 yards per carry Branden Smith
4.9 yards per carry Carlton Thomas
4.8 yards per carry Kyle Karempelis
4.7 yards per carry Brandon Harton
4.6 yards per carry Isaiah Crowell
_____________________________
“He is gone.” Uh, no. He is least gone by stark direct contrast to your statement, sir. Again, from you.

Asterisk

June 1st, 2012
9:20 am

He obviously has great vision and cut back ability. I didn’t see tons of contact and running through tackles, although he was running in a lot of traffic. That could be due to good vision and decision making with the ball, or it could be the level of competition. Hopefully some of that talent will translate over to UGA. Who knows how quickly he will play. So much of that has to do with coachability, leadership, work ethic, and what the coaches see when they get them on the practice field, so everybody don’t get the cart before the horse.

GTBob – I had a friend who graduated from GIT business school (ranked lower than ours but that’s besides the point). He said that he had classes with many of the GIT football players and that he fairmindedly saw no difference between the the types of intellectual abilities of them and the types of players Georgia has. He said some of his classmates could hardly write a legible sentence and received heavy tutoring, same as every other major football college. That sounds pretty accurate to me. Debating the intellectual abilities of football players makes you sound silly. While some football players AT MOST COLLEGES will be smart, the majority AT MOST COLLEGES couldn’t even get in to their school without football. Generalizing GIT academic prowess for your football players makes you sound ignorant.

Auburn – 2011 National Champions *
Barry Bonds – Home run champion *

Asterisk

June 1st, 2012
9:27 am

Thomas Brown, I like your enthusiasm for the running game. I just hope Coach Friend can coach up the offensive line, and they can block well enough for us to run the ball more effectively this year. I’m personally taking a “wait and see” approach because we’ve got several new guys on the o-line. I want to run it more too, but I think we may be forced into throwing it more if the offensive line can’t get a decent push.

Ravon

June 1st, 2012
12:56 pm

How good is UNC running back Geo Bernard? NC backs Marshall and Gurley chose Uga, while Fl back Bernard chose UNC. How does Bernard match up against the two? I know their sizes, I am just interested in their potential comparative effectiveness.. Anybody have an opinion?

Prometheus

June 1st, 2012
1:05 pm

Ravon, I have one . We saw that Bernard was 1st team AA frosh team with almost 1300 ids rushing. So Both Marshall and Gurley will have a big challenge in matching Bernard. Also, UNC has a RS frosh back who was recruited by many SEC schools (Romar Morris), who scored 3TDs in Spring game. He is faster than Marshall.

Chuck in War Town

June 1st, 2012
9:09 pm

Shut up all u haters the Dawgs are back……………..the best trio of RB in the nation and young guns too.

Brainiac:

June 2nd, 2012
12:11 am

@ Thomas Brown:

You are dumb enough to be triplets and a very irritating little scumbag!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are going to take up half the space on this blog at least come up with some new stuff occasionally. Your 8:33am post would have been a dozen lines at most if you would have not repeated yourself time after time, after time, after time, after time, after time,after time ,after time……………………………………..

Brainiac:

June 2nd, 2012
12:17 am

@ Prometheus:

Faster than Marshal???

Not many people on this planet are faster than Marshal(4:29) so I don’t believe you have proof(You sound very much like a Thomas Brown)

Prove it and I will apologize!!!!!!!!!!!!

dawg4life

June 2nd, 2012
11:16 am

I kind of actually agree with GTBob on this one. I do think Gurley will redshirt because we have Boo. Samuel has actually moved to the FB position which adds atleast some kind of new dimension to our offense due to the fact that Samuel still remains one of the fastest players on the team. The redshirt may be lifted if Boo can’t get it together, but it looked as though he may have been turning the corner during the G-Day game. Pass protection is an important thing for the young rb’s to learn, and if our O-line is anything like last year please learn it quick. Steve- please put away the thesaurus, this is a football blog not english class….

Brainiac:

June 2nd, 2012
9:49 pm

@ 7576 Dawg:

Murray has ALREADY convinced CMR that he is that special one out of all the UGA QBs. I am sorry you don’t agree with CMR but since CMR knows Murray(and all other UGA QBs) a damn sight better than you and me I am going with CMR. You should know that Murray is as tall or taller than a number of outstanding NFL QBs’

Ever heard of Drew Breese??? Fran Tarkenton???Bill Wade?? Eddie LaBaron??? Sonny Jurgenson??? Doug Flutie

Brainiac:

June 2nd, 2012
9:54 pm

@ Dawg4Life:

One should always capitalize the “E” in English when referring to the language that this country once spoke before the Illegal Aliens took over this country???

Tide/Dawg

June 3rd, 2012
10:16 am

Being a Tide and Dawg fan I’m torn about where I want prize recruits to go. Ga/Richt is a great choice and Richt has enviable character. Ala/Saban is a great choice because Ala. has the credentials and history of playing in the big games. If you want to compete with the best, against the best, go to Ala. Ga. has been there and is on the way back to that level. Tough choice for any recruit.
AS far as Ala. not sending great quarerbacks to the NFL, Joe Namath, and Bart Starr come to mind. Ala. didn’t hire Saban to stock the NFL with talent. They hired him to build a national powerhouse that competes for national championships. Saban and Richt are two great coaches, but someone has to be the best. At this point in their careers Saban is the man. By the time Richt reaches Saban’s level of experience, he will be the man. As previously mentioned, it’s a tough choice for any recruit. It boils down to whether you want to join a champion now and compete against the other “Best” recruits at your position or join a team that is going to get to that level in the near future. If you beat out the best, you are the best. It’s a matter of an older guy competing with a young guy for the affection of a beautiful lady… do you want “Fumble or Finesse?” I love both teams!