Georgia’s Todd Gurley shares SEC freshman of week honor with Bama back

Freshman Todd Gurley high steps into the east end zone at Sanford Stadium after scoring his first of three touchdowns in his college debut. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Freshman Todd Gurley high steps into the east end zone at Sanford Stadium after scoring his first of three touchdowns in his college debut. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – Georgia tailback Todd Gurley was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman Player of the Week following his performance versus Buffalo, which will probably come as no surprise.

What might come somewhat as a surprise is that he had to share the honor.

Alabama tailback T.J. Yeldon split the award with Gurley. Yeldon was fantastic in the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide’s 41-14 win over No. 8 Michigan. He had 137 yards total yards on 12 touches (111 on 11 carries and one 26-yard reception) and one touchdown.

Gurley, a 6-foot-1, 218-pound freshman from Tarburo, N.C., had 227 yards on 10 touches (100 yards on 8 carries and 127 yards on two kickoff returns) and 3 TDs. Of course, Gurley’s work came against Buffalo, a Mid-American Conference team.

Nevertheless, Gurley is the first Bulldog to earn this honor in his first collegiate game. Gurley scored a touchdown on his second career carry — a 10-yard run off left tackle — then scored five minutes later on a 100-yard kickoff return. His  55-yard touchdown run, a gem in which he broke three tackles and stiff-armed two defenders to the ground, came on his final carry of the day midway through the fourth quarter. That made Gurley the first Bulldog freshman to go over 100 yards rushing in his season-opening debut since Danny Ware had 135 yards and 3 TDs against Georgia Southern in 2004.

Gurley’s 100-yard kickoff return tied the school, SEC and NCAA records. He was named the College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week.

The question now is whether or not Gurley will get the start against Missouri on Saturday as the Bulldogs open their SEC slate on the road (7:45 p.m., ESPN2). This past Saturday’s starter, sophomore Ken Malcome, injured his left hand against Buffalo and was unable to return to the game. His injury was to be revaluated this week.

Coach Mark Richt was non-commital on Sunday. “Well, he’ll definitely get the ball, that’s for sure,” Richt said.

In the meantime, here were the other Week 1 award recipients in the SEC:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

  • Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: 110 yards on 23 carries, 2 TDs in 17-13 win over Vanderbilt

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

  • Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: 5 tackles, 4 pass break-ups, 1 interception in Alabama’s 41-14 win over Michigan

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Marcus Murphy, TB/PR, Missouri: Returned two punts for TDs and accumulated 206 all-purpose yards in Missouri’s 62-10 win against SE Louisiana.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

  • Zach Fulton, G, Tennessee: Starting 16th consecutive game, helped pave way to 524 yards offense in 35-21 win over N.C. State in Atlanta.

Co-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

  • C.J. Johnson, DE Ole Miss: 6 tackles and a sack in Rebels’ 49-27 win over Central Arkansas.
  • Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas: 6 tackles, a sack and a QB  pressure in 49-24 win against Jacksonville State.

179 comments Add your comment

chilidawg

September 3rd, 2012
2:30 pm

west rome dawg

September 3rd, 2012
2:33 pm

First …………… Maybe

west rome dawg

September 3rd, 2012
2:34 pm

dawggirl

September 3rd, 2012
2:35 pm

Looks like we don’t want to kick to Mizzou’s Marcus Murphy. Hope this will be the case rather than when we inexplicably punted to Honey Badger in the SEC CG.

Congrats to Gurley!

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 3rd, 2012
2:35 pm

Does it really count to be the SEC freshmen of the week when you didn’t play against a real team?

Randall "Pink" Floyd

September 3rd, 2012
2:37 pm

Great job, kid. Keith Marshall looked good, too. GATA.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 3rd, 2012
2:38 pm

Bobo calls old-man football plays.

mike on lake hartwell

September 3rd, 2012
2:39 pm

GATA gurley!

Kickoff return record

September 3rd, 2012
2:43 pm

They must not count anything past 100 yards. I feel sure there are some kicks in the end zone that have been taken all the way most every year.

Big Crimson 75

September 3rd, 2012
2:46 pm

Dee Milliner was balling Saturday night!!

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
2:48 pm

Gurley is the real deal…..as is Yeldon. SEC is loaded with excellent RBs, OL, and DL…..something the Missouri player does not understand yet.

P.S. Muschamp named Jeff Driskel the starting Gator QB for the A&M game this morning.

Shawn

September 3rd, 2012
2:48 pm

.That interception of Milliner’s was too funny. He shoved the wide receiver out of bounds and to the ground then finished the guys route to the reception. Unbelievable that the refs let that happen. Anyone can play DB that way. Just tackle the receiver then you don’t have to worry about him being open, laughable!

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
2:49 pm

The A&M game is not this morning…..but Muschamp’s announcement was.

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
2:51 pm

Shawn….that play was completely legal….as the ball was not yet out of the QB’s hand. Great play by Milliner. Bama is not only loaded with talent…..that talent is coached up better than anyone.

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
2:55 pm

Twinkie……

I think it was a combination of 100 yards rushing and 200 yards on kick returns that did the trick…..against ANY kind of team. Now….Gurley…..needs to show he can do the same thing in the SEC. And…Twinke….that Bama OL…is just a little bit better (whole lot) than the Georgia OL. Gurley would have had an outstanding game against Michigan running behind that OL….maybe better.

Shawn

September 3rd, 2012
2:55 pm

No argument that Bama is good and loaded but past 5 yards you cannot touch the receiver. If it were legal every receiver in the nation would get blown up before the ball left the QB’s hand!

Shawn

September 3rd, 2012
2:58 pm

I’m thankful for having a Gator policing the Georgia blog. It’s like having a Special Needs kid in the Quest program in HS!

Atlanta Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
3:04 pm

Tampa, I don’t think naming Driskel the starter was a surprise. But not sure if that is necessarily a good thing , he looked pretty bad against BG.

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
3:06 pm

Shawn….

At least I know the rules for cornerback play….as a “special needs” person. What does that make you….repeating first grade?

Old Hippy Tea Partier

September 3rd, 2012
3:10 pm

Tampa Gator….. do you play golf, go fishing, have another hobby, a family , any life ??? read other papers even ???

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
3:10 pm

Atlanta Dawg….

In what way did he look bad?

10-16 throwing the ball…..with 2 drops by WRs. 114 yards….and one TD….no INT. He also ran for 26 yards and 4 carries. Florida ran an extremely vanilla offense…..running the ball 41 times (mostly up the middle) and passing it 21 times (Brissett was 3-5 passing). Driskel played well….and managed the game well. The only bad play he had was when he rolled out on 3rd down and did not see a wide open receiver for a first down.

BigDawg

September 3rd, 2012
3:11 pm

Gurley for Heisman! Lattimore, there’s a new Sheriff in town. See you in October. We run the SEC East!!

Destin Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
3:13 pm

Tampa Gator… what NO FLA. players of the week ??? man they sure struggled against BGSU ??? any Gator decommits again this week ??

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
3:15 pm

Old Hippy….

Used to play golf when I lived in Atlanta. I am going fishing later today. Landscape photography and biking (motor and peddle) are other hobbies. So is trying to write a novel…which I have been working on today. Live on the beach. Walk on the beach. My entended family is out on Clearwater Beach right now…..and I can see them. Life is good. Life is VERY VERY good…..thank you.

Old Hippy Tea Partier

September 3rd, 2012
3:17 pm

how do you have time ?? you’re on here all day and night !!

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
3:23 pm

DestinDawg….

You should read and watch TV more……Florida had one purpose for the Bowliing Green game. Establish a downhill running game. Gillislee 24 carries for nearly 150 yards. But you just continue with you daily jabs at the Gators….that is what you do. I say good things about good players….Gurley. That is what I do. P.S…..Bowling Green is a lot better team than Buffalo.

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
3:24 pm

Hippy…..

Ever heard of minimizing MS Word and keeping open a web site? Easy to do while you take a break between writing. Try it…not hard to do.

Destin Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
3:25 pm

Gators will have close, tough games vs, Texas A & M and Vandy and then losses vs. LSU, S.C., UGA, FSU, another close one vs. Missouri… lucky to get in a bowl game ??

Dawwg87

September 3rd, 2012
3:26 pm

Go study the rule book gator and put your novel down. One cannot shove a receiver to the point he falls down beyond 5 yards unless a course you play for Bama or Fla then the SEC WILL LET YOU PLAY BY YOUR OWN F@-&-@-$ rules

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
3:27 pm

and Destin Dawg…..

No decommits…..but a 4-star WR commit from Tampa…….(Bailey)….who caught a lot of passes for TDs from your future Dawg QB.

harold

September 3rd, 2012
3:29 pm

LOL…..UGA PLAYED BUFFALO AND UGA LOOKED HORRIBLE.

GURLEY PLAYED AGAINST———NO ONE!

HE WILL GET ROCKED AGAINST TOUGH SEC TEAMS. I AM NOT IMPRESSED AGAINST ANYTHING UGA DID AGAINST A BUFFALO———COME ON!

BigDawg

September 3rd, 2012
3:34 pm

Harold, when was your last English class? 7th grade in Florida?! “I am not impressed against anything…” rofl

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
3:36 pm

Dawwg87
September 3rd, 2012
3:26 pm
“Go study the rule book gator and put your novel down. One cannot shove a receiver to the point he falls down beyond 5 yards unless a course you play for Bama or Fla then the SEC WILL LET YOU PLAY BY YOUR OWN F@-&-@-$ rules”

:roll”

Here is the rule:

“During a down in which a legal forward pass crosses the neutral zone, it is pass interference by either team when any player movement beyond the line of scrimmage significantly hinders the progress of an eligible player’s opportunity to catch the ball. Offensive pass interference rules apply from time the ball is snapped until the ball touched. Defensive pass interference rules apply from the time the pass is thrown until the ball touched.”

THE KEY…..”the forward pass crosses the neutral zone”……it had not in the Bama vs. Michigan game. The WR got too close to the sideline and Milliner shoved him out of bounds….and the receiver is not allowed to come back in and catch the ball….and he could do that as long as the ball had not crossed the line of scrimage.

NewnanDawg

September 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Bobo may have called “Old man plays” this past saturday, but that was against BUFFALO. Of course we weren’t going to try anything fancy against a team like that. Missouri (except maybe that one cocky player) is going to be watching film like crazy, and Bobo can’t afford for the new-comers to already know what he has planned for them. Georgia will be a completely different team against Missouri, and they won’t know what hit them.

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

Destin Dawg….

The same could be said about Georgia…..after Saturdays game…..but then….thank goodness Georgia does not have to play LSU and FSU….right?

Special K

September 3rd, 2012
3:54 pm

That was the quarterback Denard Robinson who Milliner knocked out of bounds after the int, not a wr.

Tampa Gator

September 3rd, 2012
4:03 pm

Special K……no…that happened after he intercepted the ball and was running back down the sideline. So….he took out two Michigan players on that play…..both legal.

BILLY JACK

September 3rd, 2012
4:09 pm

HEY HAROLD-YOU KNOW AS MUCH ABOUT FOOTBALL AS I DO ABOUT GAY RIGHTS-YOU JACKASS.

Browndog

September 3rd, 2012
4:21 pm

Congratulations to Gurley and UGA on the win.

Preacher Dawg

September 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

Congrats Gurley!!! Impressive…..especially in the open field. enjoyed the game. Congrats to the Senior QB for Buffalo, he put together a solid game after finally getting to start, as did his O line. Made this one interesting for me.

Wow

September 3rd, 2012
4:27 pm

I see his Greatness aka Tampa Gator is posting again. Hope you guys do not believe this crap he posts. What a loser!!

Dawg-Gawn

September 3rd, 2012
4:31 pm

Gurley getting the “G” on!

I think Mizzou’s DT Sheldon Richardson’s comment on the SEC & Old Man football is kinda like in the movie Sling Blade when Karl suddenly states “I wanna be baptized”…. Mm-mm!

UGA gets the privilege of baptizing Mr Richardson and Mizzou into the SEC this Saturday night!

“Fan-Up”

“Our Team, Our Time, No Regrets”

Believe in the “G”

Big Crimson 75

September 3rd, 2012
4:36 pm

Tampa — making friends, I see.

Where is intheknow???
I’m still waiting on that wood Michigan was gonna lay on Bama.

ringleader

September 3rd, 2012
4:37 pm

Tampa…………

I will meet you at the Pavilion in Clearwater Beach and give you the current set of rules. It was a foul and should have been a 15 yard penalty and a first down. But, you’ve been wrong before and wil probably be wrong again.

Gman 84

September 3rd, 2012
4:40 pm

If old man football is running a pro-style offense, I’m thankful we play OMF! Memo to Mizzou: seen plenty of the spread in the SEC over the years and it typically doesn’t last too long. Bet Mizzou is playing OMF in a few years after the inevitable QB injuries.

I’m sure Franklin will be tough but if our front 7 come to play, it should be entertaining.

In your face

September 3rd, 2012
4:40 pm

@I dropped my fried twinkie “Does it really count to be the SEC freshmen of the week when you didn’t play against a real team?”

Don’t punt Michigan down like that. They are a “real team”. You punk skid mark. Behind AL offensive line, half of the high school RB’s in GA would have gained 150 yards. Did I already remind you that you are a punk skid mark?

realitycheck

September 3rd, 2012
4:40 pm

Lots of kool aid big gulpers on here………just a month or two before the fire Mark Richt, hire Kirby Smart or Chris Petersen talk starts all over again. Another meaningless 9 or 10 win season ahead in Athens and that’s with a pitifully weak schedule. Gulp……gulp…….gulp…..LOL!

slobodan

September 3rd, 2012
4:42 pm

Tampa Gator….the rule you quote is pass interference….the rule in question on that play is ‘illegal contact.’ The pass defenders cannot make intentional contact 5 yards past the line of scrimmage..

ZinoDawg

September 3rd, 2012
5:00 pm

Hey Tampa Gator – I am a relocated Dawg living in Dunedin. It is a sweet place – I am one mile from the gulf.

You are correct on Alabama – best coached team in the Land. We (SEC) are all in trouble until Saban retires. His players are afraid to piss him off and it makes them play smart. They will win it all again.

JoeFann

September 3rd, 2012
5:03 pm

Could be wrong about NCAA, but the 5 yd “no contact” rule is an NFL rule. It’s definitely not a Federation HS rule, and didn’t used to be an NCAA rule. Contact would be legal if the ball hasn’t crossed the zone. Chucking the receiver, like blocking, even downfield can be OK. Holding could still be in play, however.