Georgia’s Todd Gurley scoffs at comparisons to Trent Richardson

ATHENS – Nobody is sure yet what Georgia has in tailback Todd Gurley. The freshman from Tarboro, N.C., has been the Bulldogs’ leading rusher in their first two scrimmages and has impressed coaches and teammates with his size and speed during preseason camp.

But if nothing else, it’s becoming clear that Gurley is well-grounded. He just laughed this week when he was informed that senior safety Shawn Williams compared him to Alabama’s Trent Richardson.

“I think he probably compared me to him because I wear No. 3 and I have dreads like Trent Richardson,” Gurley told reporters after practice Monday. “I have a long, long, long way to go to be like Trent Richardson. But, I mean , just for a starting senior here and one of the key leaders on the team to call me that, that’s big. I’ll just take that and keep working with it. That’s a nice compliment there.”

It certainly is. Richardson rushed for 3,130 yards and 35 touchdowns at Alabama, including 1,679 this past season as he led the Crimson Tide to the national championship. Richardson was picked No. 3 in the 2012 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns.

The physical comparisons between Gurley and Richardson go beyond their hairstyles, however. Richardson is 5-foot-11, 220 pounds. Gurley is 6-1, 218. And both have exceptional speed for their size. Gurley ran track for Team USA  in Europe in 2011 and advanced to the semifinals in the 110-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France.

Georgia coaches are saying they currently have four No. 1s at tailback heading into the Sept. 1 season opener against Buffalo. Gurley and fellow freshman Keith Marshall is in that group, so either become the first freshman to start an opener for the Bulldogs since Danny Ware in 2004.

“I haven’t really even thought of that,” Gurley said. “I really haven’t. Man, that would be great just to start in the SEC as a true freshman at any position. But I haven’t really thought about starting. I’m just trying to get everything down.”

Sophomore Ken Malcome gets the majority of snaps with the No. 1 unit and senior Richard Samuel reps with the ones as well.

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291 comments Add your comment

The Masked Superstar

August 21st, 2012
8:52 am

Mr. Gurley will become what Crowell was suppose to become and I don’t think we will see any foolishness out of Mr. Gurley. First!

FanstasyDawg

August 21st, 2012
8:55 am

Gurley is taller than Richardson too.

Roll Tide Roll

August 21st, 2012
8:55 am

Any of you Jawja fans trying to compare ANY of your inexperienced backs to the STUD that is the former Heisman Trophy candidate Trent Richardson should be disgusted with yourselves!

RTR!

RxDawg

August 21st, 2012
8:59 am

Good to see Mr. Gurley has got a level head on his shoulders. It’s a breath of fresh air, especially for a RB.

Frank Lane

August 21st, 2012
9:02 am

He sounds like a good young man.

ClaytonDawg

August 21st, 2012
9:02 am

RollTider, if you would read the context of the article (if you can read that is) you will see that Gurley was saying he has “a long, long, long way to go to be like Trent Richardson.”

Do your research, Gump!

dawgman

August 21st, 2012
9:03 am

RTR- Please reread the article and then sit down for your morning nap. Thanks, Your Nanny.-

Big Mike

August 21st, 2012
9:04 am

Roll Tide Roll, go back to ur job pickin up trash before u get fired and staff of ur cell phone u got at the dollar store….. Go Dawgs

Douglas Dawg

August 21st, 2012
9:04 am

Seems like two level headed good kids in Gurley & Marshall….. anyone want to chime in on this…. I love UGA and CMR but just don’t see us in the BCS game… sorry wish I could…. that said if this team doesn’t make will we ever?

FanstasyDawg

August 21st, 2012
9:04 am

Maybe the Tide can win their Division this year,
much less the SEC.
3rd place last year. 4th place the year before.

CJJScout

August 21st, 2012
9:06 am

I like this kid.

Malcolm will start

August 21st, 2012
9:08 am

While certainly happy to see our Freshman do well, Ken Malcolm has worked his tail off, ran hard, and deserves to start the opener. Gurley and Marshall will get their carriers this season too.

Dedoh

August 21st, 2012
9:10 am

A bright furure lies ahead for the UGA backfield.

Keith Marshall Rocks

August 21st, 2012
9:11 am

Keith Marshall deserves the majority of the carries, he is the silent leader of this team and does not deserve to have to share the load.

Bobo, you better be calling number 4’s number – A LOT!

OrlandoDawg

August 21st, 2012
9:13 am

Just very proud of this team…got rid of the Energy Vampires and Gurley, Marshall, Dawson and the rest of the gang will be solid SEC performers…so proud to be a UGA Fan! And will be in my seats every game in Sanford this year…Could care less who we play at home…the best college gameday experience in the nation! Go Dawgs! (yes, it’s the experience stupid)

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 21st, 2012
9:14 am

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Bazooka Joe

August 21st, 2012
9:18 am

Roll Tide Roll – so you are saying Trent is just like every other college player. Every player is a Heisman candidate, did Trent win it ? didnt think so….

dawgfan

August 21st, 2012
9:24 am

That’s great. Wake me up when our offensive line is like Bama’s and Mike Bobo is no longer our offensive coordinator. That’s when we can start comparing hardware with Bama.

Thanks.

Coach Turtle

August 21st, 2012
9:25 am

Gurley ain’t near as fugly as Richardson is

Ignition

August 21st, 2012
9:30 am

I have no idea why UGA hasn’t addressed the oline more thoroughly, there will be no running game without a solid oline.

UGGA STILL ON ICE

August 21st, 2012
9:31 am

“ROLL TIDE” you are the DONKEY OF THE MORNING!!! People please stop making negative comments about these kids. They read this stuff and being in their respective programs is hard enough on them. We should encourage these guys to be the best men that they can be. As for the bantering back and forth about the programs; I’m all in!! With Florida and Auburn fading fast, it’s obvious to anyone that knows college football that ALABAMA and LSU reign supreme! UGA, Vanderbilt is now nipping at your heels. YOU HAVE WON NOTHING! While all of your rivals claimed the crystal ball within the last 8 years! How many times have we watched you get your tails kicked in on national tv during big games while they show UGGA lay on bags of ice!! LOL!

Tide Roll's Tutor

August 21st, 2012
9:32 am

I have my hands full working with Tide Roll. Don’t have time to deal with you, so suggest you brush up on your reading comprehension, and you should be good to go.

BigGAdawg

August 21st, 2012
9:33 am

The comparison to TR is a high compliment from a teammate–but let’s not overburden young Mr. Gurley with unreasonable expectations. He has a load of talent and is certainly going to be a great member of the team, however, let us not forget that he has yet to run his first play in an SEC game. Why don’t we wait until after this season to start making comparisons to an NFL player who was the number three pick in the draft. I hope he will live up to that comparison but he does not have to do so to be a great RB.

bucket

August 21st, 2012
9:34 am

@ Roll Tide Roll – are you really that obsessed with UGA? The 3rd comment on the UGA Sports Blog? And you have the audacity to make fun of UGA fans! Get a life dude!

1eyedJack

August 21st, 2012
9:37 am

Gurley is obviously better looking.

Russell Hall

August 21st, 2012
9:47 am

Gurley sounds like a good kid. Makes me glad Crowell is gone.

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2012
9:48 am

We get it dawgfan. That’s your perspective on college football. We’ll let you know after the season how it went, and you can decided then if it’s worth your bother.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 21st, 2012
9:49 am

Coach Turtle
August 21st, 2012
9:25 am

Gurley ain’t near as fugly as Richardson is
==================================

Fugly is in the eye of the beholder and mostly dependent on the size of one’s bank account. I would think Richardson is very Handsome to many women right now.

Destin Dawg

August 21st, 2012
9:49 am

wonderful attitude with this group.. humble.. TEAM work ethic.. etc.. Go Dawgs win the SEC Champs THIS year !!!

Destin Dawg

August 21st, 2012
9:55 am

At 6 ft 1″ 220… I think he’ll be more Lattimore.. durable and dependable.. Oline will suprise this year.. RUN the ball!!

SSGt Dawg

August 21st, 2012
9:58 am

I think the real story here is the lack of praise for Marshall. He had a head start on Gurley and it seems like he’s the number 3 back in the rotation. I know they’re ask Co-number 1’s but honestly there can only be 1-4. 1.Gurley, 2 Malcome 3 Samuel then Marshall. I’m just going off what I’ve read and the stats. Am I wrong, or has Gurley leapfrogged Marshall so far? I think we all know that Samuel is just getting reps because of his loyalty and knowledge.

sc fans view

August 21st, 2012
10:00 am

My SC friends go the the NC-SC shine bowl game every year. They said the Gurley was the best back since Lattimore. They said he run like Lattimore low and with great vision.

LHarding Dawg

August 21st, 2012
10:04 am

I would imagine Samuel and Malcome would be the leaders because of their knowledge of the system and their ability to pass block.

Columbus

August 21st, 2012
10:05 am

Are there really any football teams in Alabama? Huh. If they are im sure they have to get their players from the state of Georgia or other surrounding states because there certainly isnt no football talent in that state. Nothing to be proud of when your entire roster comes from other states.. Embarassing really…thats like rooting for a team from another country in the Olympics or something if you really look at it honestly.

Watsonone

August 21st, 2012
10:06 am

Douglas Dawg, I agree that UGA probably will not be in the big BCS game, but for different reason than you. I think the team is certainly capable and Richt is a great coach, BUT now that USC has been sprinkled with the HOLY Water and WILL be voted #1 all year, they will be there. IF UGA wins the SEC they still will not be there because those who vote have a love affair with the big ten and since Urban is at OSU and has a soft schedule, they will be voted #2 at the end and will go to the big game against USC.

DawginLex

August 21st, 2012
10:09 am

Urban Crier’s team is on probation

You are right about USC though. They have been pre-season annointed.

Oregon might whip them twice though and throw a big monkey wrench in the plans

Ghost

August 21st, 2012
10:12 am

Watsonone, OSU is banned from the post season.

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

August 21st, 2012
10:12 am

10 Days…..Go Dawgs!

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

August 21st, 2012
10:14 am

Going to Mizz the second game is going to be tough for UGA. Big Dawg fan here but Mizzou cannot be overlooked. That stadium is going to be electric

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2012
10:15 am

No, When I see Trent Richardson, I think that guy could be a Todd Gurley. Boom.

Destin Dawg

August 21st, 2012
10:16 am

in 8 days Vandy upsets S.C. fighting chickens.. Can’t wait ! Go Dawgs!

Mighty Dawgs

August 21st, 2012
10:17 am

OSU can’t go to a bowl game I believe.

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

August 21st, 2012
10:19 am

@ Destin….watch out for Vandy this year. That program is up and coming

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

August 21st, 2012
10:19 am

MIghty Dwags…you are correct…OSU banned from post season play

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 21st, 2012
10:20 am

17 days you can’t really say buffalo is really a football game.

Mighty Dawgs

August 21st, 2012
10:22 am

I’m with you Destin. Vandy going to dust SC off. Can’t wait. I live in Columbia, SC because of work. SC needs to be brought down a notch or two. They are way too cocky now. Go Dawgs!

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

August 21st, 2012
10:23 am

Twinkie….very true. 17 days fro Mizzou

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2012
10:23 am

90k+ in attendance and several million other fans disagree. (here at Georgia, we are tad more interested in our football team, that just what ESPN tells us to think)

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

August 21st, 2012
10:24 am

Just excited football is kicking off Thursday night! Go Vandy

AltamahaDawg

August 21st, 2012
10:26 am