This just in, Bulldog Nation. Georgia running back Todd Gurley is good at football, and the writers over at NFL.com agree.
In their ongoing series, NFL.com’s CFB 24/7 staff is putting together several lists of the “14 for ’14” in naming top players and coaches in numerous categories.
Todd Gurley checks in on three of their lists. Not that these really tell any Bulldog fan anything they didn’t already know, but it’s good to see the eyes of national writers taking notice of Gurley’s work.
On one list, Scariest Players in College Football, NFL.com writer Bryan Fischer has Gurley poised at number two.
The running back position might be devalued in the NFL draft, but it’s still a big part of football and especially so in the SEC. Gurley has the power to run over folks, the speed to run away from others and can churn out yards with the best of them. Plus, he can catch the ball well as one of the true all-around threats at the position. Whether you’re game planning against him or trying to tackle him, Gurley is a scary player to face.
Another list, compiled by Chase Goodbread, lists the Most Physical Players in College Football, where he has Gurley positioned at number nine.
Gurley is what running backs coaches like to call a “one-cut back,” meaning once he sees a crease, he is headed upfield with reckless power, ready to finish the run with contact rather than making a second cut. He is nearly impossible to stop in short-yardage situations. After an ankle injury hampered his sophomore season, Gurley is ready for a Heisman Trophy run this year. If he stays healthy, he’ll approach 1,500 yards and a lot of his production will come after first contact.
And of course, the list that everyone will be talking about this season (and will no doubt have Gurley on at some point) is the Top Heisman Trophy Candidates for 2014, where Todd Gurley comes in at number five, according to Mike Huguenin.
Gurley missed three games and wasn’t 100 percent in another five because of injuries — which makes his solid numbers all the more impressive. He is athletic and a punishing inside runner, and his receiving ability adds another dimension to the Bulldogs’ offense. With the departure of four-year starting QB Aaron Murray, expect the Bulldogs to rely more heavily on Gurley this fall.
Three different NFL.com writers all pretty much seem to have the same perception of Gurley, which is basically what folks in Athens have been telling everyone since 2012.
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