Apr 12, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) runs for a touchdown during the first half of the Georgia Spring Game at Sanford Stadium. Red defeated Black 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Football's Todd Gurley Makes Doak Walker Award Watch List

It was a big day for Todd Gurley. After representing the University of Georgia in July’s biggest circus not called World Cup – the SEC Football Media Days –  Gurley learned he was on the Doak Walker Award watch list.

The Tarboro, N.C. native is one of 53 running backs nationwide and ten from the SEC included on the list. The Doak Walker Award is given annually to the country’s premier running back.

Former Bulldog Garrison Hearst won the 1992 Doak Walker Award. More recently, current Miami Dolphin and former Georgia All-American Knowshon Moreno was a finalist for the award in 2008.

Gurley is expected to carry a heavy load for the Georgia Football team this fall and all indications are he is ready and able. Gurley was an All-SEC Second Team selection last year despite playing in only 10 games because of injuries. He averaged 98.9 yards a game in 2013 after rushing for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns. The versatile back was also third on the team with 37 catches for 441 yards receiving and a team-leading six touchdowns. As a true freshman in 2012, Gurley piled up 1,385 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns and earned Freshman All-America honors.

The Bulldogs start the season at home in Sanford Stadium versus Clemson on August 30. ESPN will televise the 5:30 p.m. matchup.

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