Gurley not worried about starting, just wants to stay around longer

Freshman tailback salutes the crowd after scoring his first of three touchdowns in his Sanford Stadium debut this past Saturday. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Freshman tailback salutes the crowd after scoring his first of three touchdowns in his Sanford Stadium debut this past Saturday. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – The weather for Saturday’s game in Columbia, Mo., projects as mostly sunny with a high of 74 degrees, a low of 54 and humidity that should be below 50 percent by the time the game kicks off at close to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

That bodes well for Georgia and tailback Todd Gurley in particular. According to the National Weather Service, the heat index in Sanford Stadium this past Saturday made it feel like 103 degrees about the time Gurley was carrying a football 100 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Buffalo game.

It’s no wonder, then, that Gurley spent most of the first half in the Bulldogs’ locker room receiving fluids intravenously. Hence his final line – 8 rushes for 100 yards, 2 kickoff returns for 127 yards, 3 touchdowns.

Georgia coach Mark Richt wasn’t ready to pronounce Gurley as this week’s starter based on that performance. But he did offer this on Wednesday: “He’ll carry it more than eight times.”

“He’d have carried more than eight times in this last ballgame but after that long touchdown run on the kickoff he kind of got light-headed and didn’t feel real good,” he said. “So we didn’t get to see him much for the rest of the first half.”

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Gurley’s performance in Saturday’s game earned him a spot in “the Victor’s Club,” the highest honor the team bestows on players who make major contributions in a win. But the previous game’s performance is not the only gauge coaches use to determine starters from one week to the next at skill positions.

“It’s based on production and how you handle a week of practice,” Bobo said. “. . . Whoever we feel like gives us the best chance to be productive is going to play the most.”

Gurley would seem a slam dunk in that regard, at 22.7 yards per touch. The Bulldogs got 32 yards on six carries from Ken Malcome, who started the opener but left in the second half with a hand injury. Freshman Keith Marshall added 46 yards on 10 carries and senior Richard Samuel had three for 17.

Gurley, for one, said he doesn’t expect to start and could care less if he does or not.

“Ken’s the starter,” Gurley said. “He was the starter the last game; he’s probably going to still be the starter this game.”

Starting aside, Gurley said he has enjoyed the attention he has gotten since Saturday’s explosive debut. He spoke proudly of the messages he got from ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, who said “congratulations on the great start,” and Brandon Boykin, who tweeted, “Gurley tryna come for my KR record lol. He a beast! #Godawgs. The best part, he said, was watching his highlights on television Saturday night.

“It’s been crazy,” Gurley said. “Not really overwhelming, but I’m just trying to do what my family wants me to do, my coaches want me to do and what I think is right. I’m just trying to stay humble; I think that’s just the right way to be about it.”

As for getting gassed in the first quarter, Gurley said he’s going to work on that well.

“I’ll get used to it,” he said of the Georgia heat and humidity, “and hopefully it won’t happen again.”

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Kenny Betsill

September 5th, 2012
6:30 pm

Dawg

September 5th, 2012
6:32 pm

Hes gonna be a great one. I can just tell

Lagdawg

September 5th, 2012
6:41 pm

As long as the OL holds up, he wil be the best RB. Need to get KM into open space with the ball and let him go to work. Malcome will be the bull for short yardage. He just doesn’t have the breakaway speed. I hope the D is ready and most of all the secondary.

Dr. Don

September 5th, 2012
6:54 pm

Lagdawg – no breakaway speed? What do you want in a back? No one could catch him on his kickoff return and he is a certifiable track stud. He’s fast enough for me. Geesh.

Augusta dawg

September 5th, 2012
6:54 pm

Hope those pups get healthy. Gonna give mizzou a welcome party they won’t forget. Ball control with Boo, Marshall and Gurley and hit our receivers when we need to. Hopefully we will utilize the tight ends in the passing game this week. Probably held back bc of mizzou. UGA > 

Augusta dawg

September 5th, 2012
6:56 pm

I think he was referring to Boo Dr Don regarding lacking breakaway speed

R

September 5th, 2012
7:06 pm

In related news, Washaun Ealey and Caleb King did not tweet Gurley congratulations.

rhino23

September 5th, 2012
7:06 pm

Love, love, love the humility…realizing he is one piece of the puzzle has been absent from the Dawgs backfield lately (terrible news about Washaun Ealy)…I love the unselfishness players have been demonstrating this season…T>E>A>M = Together Everyone Achieves More and THAT’S how Championships are won !!! Go Dawgs !!! GATA!!!!

Jerry Seinfeld

September 5th, 2012
7:09 pm

No one respond to that moron who posted above. He just wants the attention and it’s not going to stop him from posting.

Jerry Seinfeld

September 5th, 2012
7:10 pm

I was referring to the arrest guy.

Mountain Dawg

September 5th, 2012
7:18 pm

Wish the whole team had Gurley’s mindset.

Max Sizemore

September 5th, 2012
7:41 pm

This quote “I’m just trying to do what my family wants me to do, my coaches want me to do and what I think is right” is really indicative of a very healthy psychological makeup. Very impressive. His parents are doing a terrific job.

joe jenkins

September 5th, 2012
7:45 pm

Ealey….king and crowell were nothing but thugs and terrible backs…why does crowell even want to play football…the man is soft…and cant take a hit. gurley and marshall could be better than the duo of worley and hampton…i hope the god they run all over mizzo

DawgByte

September 5th, 2012
7:49 pm

A steady dose of the two freshmen pounding the rock ought to shut the mouths of the Mizzou fans!

Ware Dawg

September 5th, 2012
7:57 pm

Thanks Chip! Any news on Sheldon Dawson? Did he play last Saturday and is he eligible for Mizzou? I remember he was being interviewed by the NCAA on Miss St matters.

GaTruth

September 5th, 2012
8:02 pm

@53 1/2 Arrests – Thanks for the update. It should be noted, UGA still has quite a lot of room to grow in this regard. I believe we have 42 arrests and 17 warnings before we catch your dad for the record number of times he’s been on Cops, busted for soliciting, I think it was. Sorry, I am not including his crack arrests – those are usually shown on another channel and I don’t have split screen capabilities.

AZDawg

September 5th, 2012
8:04 pm

Did anyone watch Crowell against Bethune Cook….What a joke and he whined to the sidelines just about every touch….He got lit up and blind sided so bad on that interception that I thought they would carry him off on a stretcher….ESPN Highlight Reel….I bet he wishes he wasn’t packing heat and still wearing those Silver Britches!!! Or then again becoming a 4th string running back may have been a little foreshadowing on his part prior to the arrest….Good riddance….

Grantham's The Man!

September 5th, 2012
8:11 pm

Great news about Mitchell, Theus and Dantzler!

Looking forward to watching Ga welcome Mizzou to Big Boy football.

Ga will dominate both lines and establish the run with Gurley, Marshall and Malcolm. Ga’s defensive line will be like something that’s out of this world for Mizzou’s O-line. Ga by 10. Go Dawgs!!!

Nub

September 5th, 2012
8:17 pm

Who is going to cover Green-Beckum?

HunkerDownDawg

September 5th, 2012
8:26 pm

@GA Truth —- HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Nice.

ronald

September 5th, 2012
8:30 pm

Everyone loves the freshman, but Boo Malcome moves the pile. If its 3rd and short, I want Malcome in the game. He’s the back that can carry a linebacker 2-3 yards after contact. Malcome never gets hit and goes down, he plows forward for that extra yardage. That’s a rarity for a college RB, but Malcome does it routinely.

Sopwith Camel

September 5th, 2012
8:34 pm

AZDawg, Yeh, I think the announcer said at the end of the Alabama State game that Crowell had 9 carries for a total of 18 yards for a 2-yard average. I didn’t see him playing much in the 4th quarter. Glad he’s gone from UGA!!

ugadawgz80

September 5th, 2012
8:36 pm

@NUB

I really don’t think out matters who covers him bc it’s going to be hard for his QB to get him the ball constantly scrambling or laying on his backside. they are a respectable team, but very unlikely they can stay close to UGA much less get a W.

59bulldawg

September 5th, 2012
8:40 pm

@Rhino23 . . . I was thinking the exact same thing. Couldn’t agree more!

Dawgfan13

September 5th, 2012
8:42 pm

If Gurley gets 20 touches at tailback the bulldawgs will win easily! They play action game will be in full effect and I expect some screens for Marshall and reverses for Wooten in this game Sat night, I cannot wait!

jvillebil

September 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

It was hard to get up for the game against Buffalo as a Dawg fan, I mean like everyone else I was pumped up about the season starting, but it seemed like a preseason game Glad the real season starts Saturday night. Only less than 71 hours to kickoff, but who’s counting. Go Dawgs!!

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FLA DAWG

September 5th, 2012
9:20 pm

Looks like Richt is taking Dooley’s recommendation about Crowell and applying it to Gurley. Don’t start him since he’s young and will tire out in the first half (esp with the humidity in Athens).
Then put him in the second half and let him run wild while the Mizzou D is blowing beets.

Well, Dooley didn’t exactly say it that way but you kinda get the idea right?

FLA DAWG

September 5th, 2012
9:22 pm

If there was ever a kid who came onto the scene like Herschel, this is the one.
I hope he stays healthy and runs for 2000 yds this season.

Russell Hall

September 5th, 2012
9:23 pm

My God, a freshman!

Dawg Haus

September 5th, 2012
9:26 pm

Todd Gurley is going to be a great TB for the Dawgs. Sounds like he also has a good head on his shoulders. I’m OK with a running back by committee so long as they keep pounding the ball. Keep it up, Todd! Go Dawgs!

Uncle Kirk

September 5th, 2012
9:46 pm

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mike on lake hartwell

September 5th, 2012
10:28 pm

does anyone know what todd gurleys gloves read in that pic in the article above??

pop

September 5th, 2012
10:40 pm

if we let gurly and marshall run the ball down missouri throat we will win easy

KeepDreaming

September 5th, 2012
10:54 pm

HURLEY GURLEY!!!!

Taco Meat

September 5th, 2012
11:17 pm

Mike, those are “NIKE” gloves…

Haka-Dawg

September 5th, 2012
11:32 pm

Harley Gurley… my gawd a freshmen!

Huh?

September 5th, 2012
11:55 pm

Gurley is the next Herschel Walker…there…it has been said. Ha ha ha

GtDawg

September 6th, 2012
12:14 am

Kinda feel bad for Richard Samuel.

slobodan

September 6th, 2012
12:25 am

The dogs got some so-called “skill position talent” on both sides of the ball…but they can only do what the big guys on the lines allow them to do..The lineman units must either win or stalemate their assignments to make room for the fast guys.

Herschel Walker's Jock Strap

September 6th, 2012
1:03 am

Gurley could hold mine!

Top Row Dawg

September 6th, 2012
1:33 am

#34 is retired. But #3 & #4 together made memorable debuts to echo glories of the past.

BalkansDawg

September 6th, 2012
3:55 am

I think Gurley has the potential to be the est back we’ve had in a while. But I’m not ready to anoint him “the next Herschel.” There will never be another Herschel, for one. And, as great a debut as it was, he’s only played against Buffalo. Let’s see how he does this week against Mizzou — 100+ yards and a couple of “what did he just do” moments, and I’ll be more inclined to bring #34 into the conversation. Of course, his low key attitude and humility is a good sign. I just want to see him truck someone and keep going… Maybe against Tennessee in a couple weeks?

BalkansDawg

September 6th, 2012
3:56 am

**best back we’ve had in a while

Larry

September 6th, 2012
5:54 am

_____________________________
Nub sez: Who is going to cover Green-Beckum?
_____________________________

For that matter, who is going to spell Green-Beckham?

Larry

September 6th, 2012
6:07 am

According to the armchair expert linked below, Mizzou has no reason to be overawed by “big boy” football, but he also says the pressure is mostly on the Tigers to open SEC play at home with a W. They might be over-emotional to begin the game, then expire. I’ve seen Franklin look like a world-beater, and I’ve seen him choke occasionally. I don’t know which Franklin will show up for Mizzou. I think the game will hinge on the QB play on both sides. Which one won’t turn the ball over?????

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/bernie-mizzou-measures-up-in-its-sec-division/article_019397eb-c100-55d6-b661-109c13bea35b.html

(The guy also says that Mizzou is the “trendy pick” to win Saturday night, but I find no evidence of that: http://www.oddschecker.com/american-football/college-football).

dmr

September 6th, 2012
6:51 am

Two words: Pickle Juice

TY

September 6th, 2012
6:51 am

If duo means both backs in the backfield at the same time, it will never happen. Bobo is going to run his “pass action run” offense as predictable as ever. Just forget about the past some of you would “beat a dead horse”. With four good fresh backs to run the ball and not doing it will eventually cost us in the long run against a good team. I hope it is not Missouri. Our offensive line is extremely vulnerable. As big as they are I hope we have some kind of short yardage offense that will allow them to use Malcombe and Samuel in some power set for short yardage. Samuel proved vs UF that he is a valuable back inside the tackles. I hope they use him in that situation. There is not better way of wearing a defense out more than pounding the line and linebackers and running over the db’s when the back breaks the line of srimmage.