Notebook: Through five games, ‘Gurshall’s stats top Herschel’s

Todd Gurley's first five games: 536 yards rushing on 68 carries. (AJC photo/Brant Sanderlin)

Todd Gurley's first five games: 536 yards rushing on 68 carries. (AJC photo/Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – The “Gurshall” phenomenon continues to grow.

That is the nickname Georgia receiver Tavarres King coined for the freshman tailback tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, combining syllables from their last names to rhyme with the first name of Georgia’s greatest tailback — Herschel Walker.

“At first it was just a little thing, but now it’s getting big,” Gurley said. “I guess everybody knows about it. We just try to come out there and play our game and try to be like nobody else. But it’s a cool thing.”

Marshall acknowledged “Gurshall” has gotten a lot of attention, especially on social media, “but we try not to focus on that. We try to focus on every day at practice, getting better and not letting that stuff go to your head.”

Through five games, the “Gurshall” tandem has accounted for 964 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns — 536 yards and nine touchdowns by Gurley, 428 yards and five touchdowns by Marshall.

And if you’re wondering, Walker had 463 yards rushing and five touchdowns in his first five college games back in 1980. He finished that season with an NCAA freshman-record 1,616 yards rushing and finished his three-year UGA career with 5,259.

Gurley and Marshall will get by far their biggest test Saturday against a South Carolina defense that has allowed only 77.6 rushing yards per game and only two rushing touchdowns this season.

“Watching film on them, they are a great defense,” Marshall said. “So this should be a good matchup.”

Noting that South Carolina ranks No. 2 among SEC teams (behind only Alabama) in scoring defense, Gurley said: “Numbers don’t lie.”

Lattimore … again

Georgia’s defense gets a third attempt at slowing Marcus Lattimore on Saturday and hopes for a lot more success than in the first two.

South Carolina’s powerful tailback ran for 358 yards on 64 carries in two previous games against Georgia, 182 on 37 as a freshman and 176 on 27 last season. He returned this season after knee surgery (torn ACL) sidelined him the final six games of last season.

“We played him well last year up until the fourth quarter, and then he had a couple of big runs,” Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “We’ve got to understand that we’ve got to play four quarters on him. … I’ve got a lot of respect for him. … He plays that position the way you should play it.”

Lattimore is averaging 88 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry this season. He topped 20 carries in each of South Carolina’s first three SEC games and surpassed 100 rushing yards in two of them. He also has caught 16 passes, most on the team.

“I think we just have to gang tackle him,” Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings said. “Everybody has to play their assignments, and once one guy gets a hat on him, then two, three and four more just got to bring that guy down.”

Etc.

Georgia announced the kickoff time for its Nov. 17 home game against Georgia Southern: 1:30 p.m. TV arrangements “are still being finalized,” the school said. … Aaron Murray’s next touchdown pass will tie David Greene’s UGA career record of 72. … Michael Bennett’s season-ending knee injury hasn’t changed Georgia’s plan to redshirt freshman receiver Blake Tibbs. … Amarlo Herrera is expected to start at the “Mike” inside linebacker position Saturday. He shifted to that spot after Alec Ogletree’s return from suspension last week at the “Mo” position. “He’s earned the right to play,” Grantham said of Herrera. “We’ll stick with it and continue to work it.” Michael Gilliard and Christian Robinson also remain  in the playing-time mix at inside linebacker.

– Tim  Tucker

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113 comments Add your comment

Really?

October 4th, 2012
5:22 pm

It is amazing the difference a year can make. While last seasons turn around after a 0-2 start was wonderful and made me proud of the way they perservered, this years team has an even better attitude. Gurley and Marshall no matter what name is attached to them are the real deal and more importantly they have humility, maturity and a team first attitude that is rare of kids with their talent. There are no I’s in team is a slogan that gets tossed around a lot but Georgia has taken it to heart and this alumni is trying hard to keep his feet on the ground and stay as grounded as Georgia.

Just Kidding

October 4th, 2012
5:22 pm

And think how good we’d be if we still had Crowell!!!

GTBob

October 4th, 2012
5:28 pm

@PsyLens

UGA has two ranked teams on their entire schedule. Oregon has 4 and knocked one ranked team out of the rankings already. Im not sure I would pretend that they play a weak schedule while UGA plays a strong one. It looks foolish. UGA has probably the weakest schedule of any team currently in the top 10.

Really??

October 4th, 2012
5:36 pm

@ J.T. Keene……..average NFL players don’t have careers in the league with over 8,000 yards rushing, over 4,000 yards receiving, and over 5,000 return yards. They also don’t play in the league as long as Walker did.

ARdawg

October 4th, 2012
5:50 pm

UGA has probably the weakest schedule of any team currently in the top 10.

Ah, the rantings of a man with broken hopes and dreams. How’s life at 2-4 Booby?

Long Gone Dog

October 4th, 2012
5:52 pm

Seems in Herschel’s freshman year, South Carolina, too, had an awesome running back from Georgia, senior George Rogers from Duluth.

Rogers stole Herschel’s first Heisman, and, of course, we beat the ‘Chickens 13-10 in Athens that year.

beanster

October 4th, 2012
5:55 pm

.”Oregon has 4 and knocked one ranked team out of the rankings already.”

And Oregon itself had nothing to do with those teams being on their schedule. Their OOC opponents are Arkansas State, Fresno State, and Tennessee Tech. One of their ranked opponents, Washington, was beaten 41-3 by LSU, so excuse me if I don’t give them that much respect for their Stanford win. It is not the fault of UGA that Auburn is having a down year, otherwise the greater difficulty would be UGA, especially considering if UGA arises from the East, either LSU or UA waits in the championship game.

The East is much stronger. UT will upset somebody. Should UF beat LSU this weekend, the only ones looking foolish are those sitting around saying UGA had it easy.

A-Ville Ranger

October 4th, 2012
5:56 pm

I think the honeymoon is finally over for Coach Grantham. We’ve used up every excuse for his defenses under-performing. People who have been 100%ers are now starting to wonder if he’s what we thought he was. It’s put up or shut up time. I don’t want to listen to yet another post game excuse athon.

ARdawg

October 4th, 2012
6:06 pm

A-ville
If we win, TG’s job is done

Dawg-Gawn

October 4th, 2012
6:16 pm

Give credit where credit is due!

The originator and creator of the combined names of Gurley and Marshall was Darrell Huckaby not Tavarres King. Also you are misspelling the name it’s Gurlshall. Gurl being the hip way to spell Girl.
Gurl = Her = female… get it? schel = shall… get it? Gurlshall = Herschel is not a coincidence, this is a player driven team…. “Our Team” “Our Time” “No Regrets” sit back & watch it’s happening now!

Darrell Huckaby is a syndicated columnist and author of six books including two about Georgia football, Need Two and Need Four. He writes a column for the Dawgbone site each week during the season. E-mail him at DHuck08@bellsouth.net or visit his website: http://www.darrellhuckaby.net

“Bobo have Guns will Travel”

“Phi Beta Gata”

“Dawgs Win It 4 Bennett”

“SackMaster29 Rises”

“Gurley Bawl Y’all”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Chris Mike

October 4th, 2012
6:28 pm

I agree with dog nation if we don’t give away free points dogs should win convicing. Gurley and Marshall will get a chacne this week to prove that they are the real thing. At first the holes will be tight, but as the game go on you will see the big runs. Aron please don’t turn it over! UGA 42 USC 24

beanster

October 4th, 2012
6:29 pm

“The originator and creator of the combined names of Gurley and Marshall was Darrell Huckaby not Tavarres King. Also you are misspelling the name it’s Gurlshall. Gurl being the hip way to spell Girl.
Gurl = Her = female… ”

What? Do you have a link to the original by chance? Not to be a jerk but I seriously hope you’re wrong. In a quick google search, I find little on the topic with the spelling you suggested.

Dawg-Gawn

October 4th, 2012
6:31 pm

I forgot to mention, that Todd Gurely had another outstanding play occur last weekend but not on Saturday, this happened the following day, on Sunday, when Gurley stepped forward to be baptized in a local Athens church!

“Grown Man Football at the “G”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Dawg-Gawn

October 4th, 2012
6:38 pm

@beanster contact Darrell directly – email is listed… I will try to find the original article… it was written 2-3 weeks ago.

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

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dawgcrzy

October 4th, 2012
6:50 pm

it’s simple, hold lattimore to 100(give or take

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it’s simple, hold Lattimore to 100( give or take), rush for 100, Dawgs win. period….

dawgcrzy

October 4th, 2012
6:51 pm

what happened there? you get the point

Really?

October 4th, 2012
7:09 pm

Fake Really? @ 5:36.

Adding another ? is weak and shows you are still trying to glom onto my brilliant observations so people will read your inane babble. I ask again is it REALLY that difficult to come up with an original name on the ajc blogs?

Mike Franklin

October 4th, 2012
7:15 pm

The Dawgs that owned the SEC in the early-mid ’80s with and w/out Hershel, had a special spice; they always believed they could win any game, anytime. Vince Dooley, like HCMR, learned how to do this with time.
When Dooley retired (prematurely, I might add), the Dawgs were on the verge of a conference dynasty the likes of which only Alabama had known at the time. But his choice for his replacement… OMG, Ray Goff, blew that to hell and back.
Richt is now on the hill top and the SEC East belongs to him and his Dawgs… if they have learned the lessons taught by loosing so many key players to the NFL, drugs, and other misbehaviors.
The 2012 dawgs are on the edge of what COULD be… the beginning of an SEC coup to own the east.

It begins again, this Saturday.

beanster

October 4th, 2012
7:23 pm

Dear Mr. Huckaby,

Sir, are you really trying to take credit for the creation of the nickname of the two fabulous freshman running backs our Dawgs have been blessed with this year, contrary to the story that the players on the team have told to the media?”

I don’t see myself sending that email somehow.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

October 4th, 2012
7:29 pm

@ A-Ville Ranger:

What’s wrong????

% – 0 ain’t good enough for you????????????????

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

October 4th, 2012
7:30 pm

and if & – 0 ain’t good enough how about 5 – 0???????????????????????

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

October 4th, 2012
7:35 pm

Dawg Gone is right but to hell with that Gurl girl crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ATLGamecock

October 4th, 2012
8:33 pm

Love hearing quite a few UGA fans talk ML and mention how “I’ve watched Lattimore and he isn’t even close to being back”. Say whatever you like before the game to make yourself feel better. The truth is that Lattimore will once again run all over the UGA Defense.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 4th, 2012
8:48 pm

Lattimore may run all over UGA but SC isnt winning this time

TY

October 4th, 2012
9:04 pm

Really, I hate to say this but the Gurshall thing is not good. Hershel was once in a lifetime player. There will never be another. Let Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall be Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. This is a slap in their face. Let them establish their own legacy without mentioning Herschel. Again this is not a good thing for those two talented players. Move on and accept what they do as a legacy of two friends, two great players and two great bulldogs.

2 Bagels

October 4th, 2012
9:07 pm

GTBob, just In, Tech players transferring to MTSU for better coaching. now let me say this, Herschel Walker in any era would’ve been great. Are you youngsters gonna truly say that Herschel, or Bo, and Marcus Dupree, and Eric Dickerson couldn’t run on defenses today? My comment to you is STAY THE HELL OFF DRUGS. Gurshall is good Herschel was great.

Bitter number 3/4

October 4th, 2012
9:31 pm

Some of you heartless TROLLS need to think before posting comments

of a negitive nature about———-the LEGEND —AKA—HERSHAL WALKER

———-If you speak of him, do it showing the upmost RESPECT

———-THERE HAS AND NEVER WILL BE A BETTER RUNNING BACK

Bitter number 3/4

October 4th, 2012
9:35 pm

AS a dawg fan, I hope MARCUS LATTERMORE HAS A GREAT SEASON

———-GOOD LUCK WARRIOR

Outer Banks Dawg

October 4th, 2012
9:53 pm

Dawgs are currently catching 1 point in Vegas… SC gets 3 points for the home field so people like Georgia in this one… @53.5 I gotta like the over…

I agree there will only ever be one Hershel Walker. People forget that he got some very bad advice and signed with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL. The USFL hoped Hershel would be the star athlete they needed to popularize their league, and close the gap with the NFL. Unfortunately for the USFL and Walker, the league never really took off. He spent quite a few prime years wasting his time and talent. Fans will never know how good Hershel would have been in the NFL had he gone directly into the league instead of the USFL.

That being said, I think the ‘Gurshall’ thing is kinda cool. 5 games don’t make legends. Not even close, but with what I’ve seen, I wouldn’t trade our 2 freshmen back for any back in the country. I think they both have the right stuff and they are a deadly 1-2 punch will contrasting running styles. I hope they can get going Saturday in Columbia against the SC front 7….

Finally, hats off to OL coach Will Friend for turning things around. Georgia’s line play has been nice. I’ve seen more technique this season than I can remember in forever. Pulling guards, etc and opening holes instead of blocking straight ahead and clogging holes… It’ gonna be a war Saturday nite! Go Dawgs!

ga gator

October 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

If Hershel had a QB like Murray instead of Belue, he would have been even greater if that is possible.

JDL

October 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

Win or lose, you got to be proud of “Gurshall” as great young men. Lattimore is a great kid too. Running backs will not decide this game. The qb with less errors will have the winning team.

ga gator

October 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

JDL I agree; UGA 24-20.

Dawg-Gawn

October 4th, 2012
10:11 pm

@beanster:

Since you didn’t have the nerve to email Darrell Huckaby I did it for you! This is the paragraph Darrell wrote Monday A.M. after the Vandy game. He also told me that when he wrote it he had never heard the nickname mentioned before, but it became most popular the week after! (the whole article was 2 1/2 pages)

I see he spells it Gurshall so I guess I came up with the spelling of Gurlshall but Darrell Huckaby coined the nickname Gurshall…. TK must of read Huckby’s article and like almost everyone thought it to Kool!

We knew Todd Gurley was going to be good, but he is crazy-good. Did you see that one play where he used power to knock two people over, juked a different player and then outran the rest to the endzone? I haven’t seen a combination of speed, power and balance since you-know-who played between the hedges. 16 carries, 130 yards, 2 TDs. Not a bad day, especially considering he played, literally, about half a ball game. Add Keith Marshall’s 82 yards and our Gurshall tandem picked up 212 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Ptc dawg

October 4th, 2012
10:46 pm

harold

October 4th, 2012
10:52 pm

Herschel is over 50 now. Many younger kids don’t even know who the guy is. Almost like talking about that running back at UGA in the 40’s.

Plus this is two dudes versus one dude. And that comparison was like 32 years ago. Forever.

Everbody UGA gets becomes the next Herschel. There will only be one Herschel.

South Carolina shuts these guys down. These SC guys on D are bad asses!

harold

October 4th, 2012
10:53 pm

Well… As quick as I say that everyone on ESPN says UGA clocks SC.

bubba4dawgs

October 4th, 2012
11:09 pm

No matter who comes alone nor how many yards they get or touchdowns they score, Herschell will always be # 1 in the hearts of the DAWG Nation! He solidified that years ago and his legacy is established!

As far as Gurshell is concerned, the DAWG Nation is so very proud to have the and it’s OK to bring Herschell’s name up as a yardstick for them to accomplish. But remember, Herschell is one and Gurshell are two. I hope both write new unforgettable chapters in DAWG history before they graduate! We wish them total success and above all good health! They are definitely two fine young men we are proud to have!! GO DAWGS!!

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Conner Shaw

October 5th, 2012
12:16 am

What!!!! JDL and Florida gator????? Who turns the ball over more? Who is the better runner? Who beats the ranked teams??

sb

October 5th, 2012
12:30 am

@ J.T. Keene

40 times a game? The ball ain’t heavy!!!!

JDL

October 5th, 2012
12:33 am

If Murrey fumbles and turns the ball over on INT’s for TD’s…..SC will win easy
Conner Shaw does not make big mistakes. But, UGA running backs are going to be great for many years. No arrest or attitude problems.

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Buckeye

October 5th, 2012
7:06 am

So what.

Murray remains 2-7 vs. ranked opponents and the two wins came against #24 and #25.

Tman

October 5th, 2012
7:13 am

These fine freshmen running backs never saw Herschel play It would be like someone my age (52)getting excited over Charley Trippi play. Just call them Gurley and Marshall and let them have their own identities

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

October 5th, 2012
7:51 am

@ Conner Shaw:

Who is proclaimed to be the BEST QB in the SEC????????????????

According to all the sports media it is Aaron Murray!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shaw is a really good QB but I would not trade Murray for Shaw!!!!!!!!!!

Just my opinion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

douglas

October 5th, 2012
8:06 am

The tough part about Spurrier is if you line up and try to stop the run, he starts throwing those passes to the TE and receivers over the middle which usually gets about 5 yards or more each time. I still have never figured out why Bobo does not try to do that more — he just seems to have short passes thrown out to the sidelines and not across the middle.

Gary

October 5th, 2012
8:58 am

Had a dream last night that we lost to SC, Scratch that, a Nightmare… It was so nice to wake up and realize it was Friday. Please don’t put me through that again dawgs. No Turn overs, No easy points, try and let the defense rest by keeping them off the field so they don’t colapse in the fourth quarter, and for gods sakes if you can’t run the ball against SC, throw it! Three and outs will kill the defense.

I bought my UGA gear at WalMart

October 5th, 2012
9:18 am

Hey, GT Bob, we may loose to SC, but I know one game this season we’re gonna win. Guess which one, dilbert!

North Ave Killer Beez

October 5th, 2012
9:43 am

Gurley is a beast, but C’MON MAN, uga is dodging the best defenses in the SEC. Anyway should be a good game Sat, game-cocks have a pretty stout D-line.