No distinction between Todd Gurley and Georgia’s other tailbacks

ATHENS — Freshman Todd Gurley has out-gained the other tailbacks two-fold with 167 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 touches in Georgia’s two scrimmages. But that hasn’t been enough for coaches to anoint him as No. 1 player at the position.

“As far as a clear-cut pecking order, I think we’ll probably come up with one a little bit later on, but not today,” running backs coach Bryan McClendon said after Thursday’s practice.  “We have one more scrimmage next week and a few more padded practices to keep progressing. So we still have some time to do some evaluating and guys to get better as well. You don’t want to come up with something and then switching things up next week and create a mess.”

McClendon said after reviewing the video from Wednesday’s scrimmage and watching closely observing Gurley go through 15 preseason practices, he is as excited as everybody else about the 6-foot-1, 218-pound runner. But he is also getting positive feedback from the other three players battling to be the No. 1 tailback: sophomore Ken Malcome, senior Richard Samuel and freshman Keith Marshall.

“You get excited when you see [Gurley] go out and perform,” McClendon said. “He went out there and had a good scrimmage. But he wasn’t the only one. Keith had a good scrimmage and had some good runs. And Ken, stat wise, didn’t have the numbers that those guys did, but he was probably the best one out there yesterday. It’s definitely something you have to go by what you see, but all those guys are working their tails off and pushing each other. It’s exciting to see that now.”

McClendon said he envisions all four players getting carries in the Buffalo game. One of them will have to go first, and the Bulldogs can play it a lot of different ways.

It can start Malcome, who began the preseason in the No. 1 position and has done nothing to fall back;

It can reward the senior Richard Samuel for being willing to return to the position and split time at fullback;

It can go with either one of the freshmen, making one the first rookie to start a season opener since Danny Ware in 2004.

Whatever Georgia does, McClendon thinks it’s merely trivia.

“I definitely think we’ll use four,” he said. “We used three the last couple of years in each game. We’ve played three or four guys before, so I definitely think we can play all four of them.”

Here’s what Georgia’s five tailbacks have done in the two scrimmage. Keep in mind that situations and opportunities with the No. 1 offense vary for each:

  • Gurley: 13 carries — 145 yards — 11.2 ypc — 3 TDs
  • Malcome: 10-67-6.7ypc-1
  • Harton: 14-56-4.0 ypc-0
  • Marshall 12-46-3.83 ypc-1
  • Samuel 6-40-6.67 ypc-1

Your thoughts?

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192 comments Add your comment

lanier

August 17th, 2012
6:39 am

got to be Samuel for his sacifices for the team

Zippy the Clown

August 17th, 2012
6:41 am

We once had a little known freshman named Hershel who turned out to be one of the very best college players ever………maybe Gurley should get the nod………….

Robert Jones

August 17th, 2012
6:46 am

Gurley’s stats are for two scrimmages; Marshall’s are for just the first scrimmage.

We Run the East

August 17th, 2012
6:49 am

Pre-season Heisman for all UGA backs. Performance won’t match the hype. Wait until these frosh get into SEC play. CMR may put out an APB to get IC back on campus,

Tampa Gator

August 17th, 2012
6:52 am

No way all those rushing yards by Gurley were against the best defense in the history of mankind.

CHDawg

August 17th, 2012
6:54 am

Depth is a wonderful thing to have at any position. With four fresh horses, we should see some high energy back there at TB. We are also very deep at receiver. If I were CMB, I would think about no huddle. We could put new receivers and backs on the field every play–three deep. I would hate to be an opposing defensive back trying to run with a three deep rotation, no huddle. We could just run our opponents to death.

Just Saying

August 17th, 2012
6:57 am

I say Samuel for at least the 1st series due to the fact he has always been one of the team’s best leaders.

CHDawg

August 17th, 2012
6:58 am

Pretty funny! Tide roll lists players at schools that did not win the SECE last year, saying we should have recruited them instead. I think I would rather have Georgia’s coaches and players, thank you.

dawg4life

August 17th, 2012
7:00 am

Tide Roll, well let me ask you. Alabama didn’t land Theus, Dantzler, Ward, Houston, Andrews, Gates. these are some of the top recruits in the country at OL… Is it because these kids didn’t need to be “assisted academically”??? The truth is out troll, your little ring leader is a cheat, at historically one of the most corrupt schools in the country. Sure we haven’t won a NC in 32 yrs, but we haven’t been slapped with sanctions 5 times either….

Galen Hall

August 17th, 2012
7:02 am

Tampa gator, welcome back to the pre Spurrier days at UF, you have to rip us because there is NOTHING good to talk about in the swamp. You guys are a joke. Isnt there anything intersting in the Gainesville Sun this AM? Probably not. Glad to have your interest in UGA football. Now go out and wash your Camaro and restart the methlab.(dont forget to iron the jorts for the weekend)

Just Saying

August 17th, 2012
7:04 am

I think there is a huge mistake in Marshall’s stats. According to the AJC on Aug 15th, he had 5 carries for 62 yards and a 12.4 average per carry. Today’s article only gives him 48 yards combined in both scrimmages. What am I missing here?

Lawsontheconvict

August 17th, 2012
7:08 am

EDIT your stats. If I werent such a die-hard Dawg, I would never click the AJC button.

Dawg Days

August 17th, 2012
7:17 am

Man, I love how other teams fans are so infatuated with all things related to Red and Black! Go Dawgs!

A memory

August 17th, 2012
7:19 am

Hershel Walker did not start up at Knoxville, TN. He came into the game and was a differeence maker with a bul like run carrying safety Bill Bates almost to the end zone. Bates played for the D Cowboys for years later on at safety.

Smokewagon

August 17th, 2012
7:32 am

Tide – remember Mark Price?? Know what they say about people who live in glass houses?

PerroGrande

August 17th, 2012
7:37 am

Tide Roll, Ok son, fess up. When were you cut from UGA? Was the strength and conditioning too tough for you? Why did you quit? Perhaps discussing your failures here will help. Maybe you can be a success at something else in life? Maybe not, but living on an AJC UGA fan blog, posting anti-Richt/Dawg propaganda 24/7 just shows how sick you really are…very sad.

...Maybe Gurley should get the nod

August 17th, 2012
7:41 am

Herschel did not get the nod in the season opener at Knoxville, came off the bench. If Gurley continues to show he is the man, he will eventually start.

Tolit Roll Tide

August 17th, 2012
7:41 am

I just want all you bloggers to know how obsessed I am with all thing s UGA and the State of Georgia… why elese would I be on a blog this early about UGA running backs? But if you’re from Alabama you’d understand. I just like hanging out with a higher class folks.

obamaSINLADEN

August 17th, 2012
7:42 am

come on people.ignore the terds and nerds. just look past them.

Tide Troll's Psychiatrist

August 17th, 2012
7:43 am

Tidey, we have to talk about your obsession with Georgia, son! Are you using your medication and eating the meals I prescribed? That was two cans of Alpo select a day, every day. We have to anesthetize your obsession with all things canine! Call me ASAP!

obamaSINLADEN

August 17th, 2012
7:43 am

gata grantham/bobo

virginia dog

August 17th, 2012
7:46 am

Let’s not forget this is the same staff that put a red shirt on Knosean Morieno 13 for 145 seems pretty clear cut, but the games will seperate the sheep from the goats.

Mark Richt's Goatee

August 17th, 2012
7:47 am

Please stop answering the trolls. They will go away.

Hammerhead

August 17th, 2012
7:48 am

Zippy – Herschel was a long way from being a “little known freshman” but I get your point. Herschel CREATED the recruiting craziness. Everyone in the country knew who that kid was before he stepped on the field in Knoxville. Anyone else remember the NFL on CBS (with Brent Musberger) showing the ” Bill Bates run” the next day during the NFL per game show? Damn, Phyllis George was hot back in the day, lol.

Snake Plisskin

August 17th, 2012
7:50 am

Pound the bigger backs inside the tackles/straight up the gut, and send the smaller speed backs outside (Gurley can do both)…have a Mister Inside and a Mister Outside…nice problem(s) to have

thenumber34

August 17th, 2012
7:51 am

Galen Hall….LOL…..now that’s some funny stuff. As far as running backs are concerned: we’re in about the best shape we’ve ever been sans HW.

Just Saying

August 17th, 2012
7:52 am

Dang it…..no one answered my question. I think Marshall’s stats are completely wrong. He averaged 12.4 yards per carry in the last scrimmage (about the same as Gurley, but Marshall had 2 fewer carries)

Tide Roll's Tutor

August 17th, 2012
7:53 am

You never learn, do you Tide Roll? Despite my constant admonitions to stay off this board until I can get you halfway up to par with critical thinking skills, you ignore me and come on here anyway.

CHDawg and dawg4life have already schooled you with logic that you have not been able to refute.

Any truth to PerroGrande’s hypothesis?

You are embarrassing yourself, and me indirectly as your tutor. To make up for the above blatherings, address the following assignments on this board. It matters not so much as to what position you take, but try to defend it logically.

I have two assignments:
1. Why do you think Nick Saban was so keen on bringing Theus to Tuscaloosa?
2. Why do you think Nick Saban’s two QB commits are both white?

Just Saying

August 17th, 2012
7:59 am

Yes indeed the Jan Kemp fiasco was embarrassing, but most people forget that at least 95% of colleges (including GT, Tenn, Auburn, FL, Bama, SC, etc.) had similar programs. UGa was just the school that got their hands caught in the cookie jar. It was a sad time in Athens, but at least UGa can say their changes affected every college in the Country!!! P.S. For those who don’t know, UGa did not commit any NCAA violations or break any rules…..they were only guilty of giving special treatment to athletes…..kinda like we didn’t already suspect that!!!

Newman

August 17th, 2012
8:00 am

No distinction? Really? Did the coach see the stat sheet? Gurley is the man!

True Dawg

August 17th, 2012
8:03 am

I say give Malcome the start at RB because he has paid his dues and has the entire offense down, pass protection as well as running the rock. Then I would reward Samuel with the FB spot based on his dedication to the team and all his efforts to help in any position. A lesser minded player would have probably left. He’s a DGD!!! Why not reward him with time at a position that might enable him to play at the next level? Yall know he’d give it his best effort. The players trust him. The coaches trust him. My 2 cents!

Just Saying

August 17th, 2012
8:07 am

@Newman
I keep trying to make the point that the stat sheet is completely wrong on Marshall’s stats…..not even close. (see my earlier blogs)

Douglas

August 17th, 2012
8:14 am

Some of you guys are knuckleheads. I appreciate Samuel’s dedication to the team but the position should go to the most productive and talented player. We are here to win games — get over your stupidity.

TROTTINGHOME

August 17th, 2012
8:14 am

I thought Georgia was know as “Tailback U”…Bear Bryant was a cesspool.

TROTTINGHOME

August 17th, 2012
8:18 am

2 out of 15 don’t get you free tickets to anything…moutains out of molehills

Tweeter and Woofer

August 17th, 2012
8:24 am

Herschel was a freshman, but certainly not “little known”. His recruitment was very well-publicized for the day.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 17th, 2012
8:25 am

Where is the Big Bad Junkyard dWag defense?

concern

August 17th, 2012
8:31 am

What is the status of the textbook scandal at Alabama?
NCAA investigation slow or decision already announce?

Bud

August 17th, 2012
8:33 am

I don’t see any distinction in the running backs. From the way mcClendon is talking, Marshall & Malcome & Samuel are better in practices, could be looking at a redshirt for Gurley if he keeps this up in games.

Bob

August 17th, 2012
8:37 am

Hey, Zippy, Herschel’s recruitment was such a big deal that the local TV station I was watching broke in with a live update when he decided to sign with UGA.

Bud

August 17th, 2012
8:37 am

Looks like McClendon is looking for backs that are passblockers, more than runners. In that case, Samuel & Malcome will get most of the carries. Plus, must be that Gurley & Marshall are getting all their carries against the #2 defense, so their stats arn’t a big deal to McClendon.

WtfWruthnkn

August 17th, 2012
8:44 am

Right, post what team the stats are against

Bud

August 17th, 2012
8:50 am

Samuel’s stats, the 6 carries, are only from the 2nd scrimmage. Richt did not release Samuel’s stats from the first scrimmage. Samuel must have been so good in the first scrimmage, that Richt wanted to hide it from Missourri. We know Samuel is also the best passblocking back. So I do think he’ll get most of the carries this season. Malcome is the second best passblocker, so he’ll get his share, Marshall & Gurley probably have a ways to go on the passblocking, so one could end up redshirting, probably Gurley, since Marshall got to camp early and has the passblocking edge.

Passblocking stats are not recorded, so we must figure, if McClendon is still high on Samuel & Malcome because of their advanced passblocking skills, and McClendon is holding back on naming Gurley & Marshall #1 & #2, unitl maybe mid-season, when their passblocking skills come around..

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 17th, 2012
8:54 am

Honey Boo Boo and family are UGa fans and that says it all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABzMAuI1vj0

tony

August 17th, 2012
8:59 am

Mr Richt need a premier rb to carry the load @uga like Warrick Dunn was @fsu. Dunn(187lbs) is the only Seminole to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. 1418 yards in a single season. RBs get stronger each quarter.

I was hoping Ken Malcome would get his opportunity to be the starter but if Todd Gurley is our best rb, then you have to play him. Mr Richt need to come out the gate with his best players in the starting lineup. That’s what great coaches do.

Dawgfish

August 17th, 2012
8:59 am

Ouch Tide Roll. Don’t say that. The truth hurts too much.

LogicalUS

August 17th, 2012
9:00 am

“Big Bad Junkyard dWag defense”

Honestly, that is why there is no leader…Gurley’s runs were not against the 1st team…in fact, his numbers are skewed by two long runs against 3rd teamers….his other carries are 14 carries for 34 yds…or 2.1 yds a carry.

The UGA coaches could do themselves a favor by not releasing these meaningless stats, now they are going to have some of the uglier UGA beaners booing and screaming at them on the sidelines all season.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 17th, 2012
9:07 am

LogicalUS………….then what do you say about H MASON tearing it up against the #1 D and 35:55minute Murray is having issues against the #2 D?

gt4ever

August 17th, 2012
9:10 am

What a JOKE article….

Bud

August 17th, 2012
9:16 am

It’s perplexing why McClendon said Malcome had the best day.

I mean if you look at things objectively in the two scrimmages, touchdowns, yards, or yards per carry, Gurley was significantly more effective than Malcome.

So it must come down to McClendon’s subjective feelings that do not include traditional ways to evaluate running backs like touchdowns, yards, or yards per carry, perhaps passblocking or whether you went against the first or second string defense or how you did in practice instead of scrimmages or how long you have played on the team.