As expected, Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley is the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Georgia’s 45 – 21 win over Clemson on Saturday.
This is Gurley’s first Walter Camp honor. Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was a two-time recipient last year. Former Bulldog All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones garnered the defensive honor three times in his career.
Gurley explained the kick-off return to Georgiadogs.com. “Coach Ball and Coach Lilly had a great game plan and we knew that we would have the middle of the field open, I just had to get there and get through the hole. Luckily, I was able to do that and I just kept running.”
Gurley, from Tarboro, N.C., set a school record with 293 all-purpose yards (former record 290, Rodney Hampton, 1987) and scored four touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs past the Tigers 45-21. It was Gurley’s 14th career 100-yard rushing game, gaining a career-high 198 yards and three scores on 15 carries (13.2 average). His final carry was a 51-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
Gurley also tied the NCAA record held by many, including himself, by returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Gurley returned a kick-off 100-yards for a score against Buffalo in first game as a Bulldog.
Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC) has a bye week before traveling to Columbia, S.C., to face South Carolina (0-1, 0-1) on September 13. CBS will televise the game at 3:30 p.m.