Nov 30, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) dives into the end zone for a touchdown over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cornerback D.J. White (28) and linebacker Brandon Watts (11) in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN names UGA's Todd Gurley as top player in SEC

It looks like the folks over at the Worldwide Leader have come around to stating something that folks around Athens, Ga. have known for some time – Todd Gurley is the best football player in the SEC.

Coaches, players and sports writers can agree on at least one thing: Gurley is a beast. – ESPN

Not that this assertion comes as much of a surprise to many, but ESPN has made it their official stand as to who is the best player in the best conference in the nation.

The writers over at had a lot of wonderful superlatives to hang on Gurley, and stated that “At SEC media days, nearly every player surveyed by ESPN called Georgia’s lead tailback the most intimidating player to tackle in the league.”

Intimidating, strong, fast and one of those runners who just gets better and better as the game goes along.

To take it even a step further, in another list compiled by the good folks in Bristol, Ct., Gurley was named as the third best player in the entire nation, coming in behind only Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and FSU’s Jameis Winston.

Some would say Gurley was ranked two spots too low.

Truthfully, the only thing that could send a record-setting season for Gurley off course would be injuries. Even splitting touches with all the other quality backs that Georgia has in the backfield will still give Gurley plenty of chances to shine and punch a ticket to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

It’s good that ESPN seems to agree with the Bulldog Nation for a change.

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