Georgia Football: Top-Five Rushing Seasons for RBU

Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Georgia football is known as Running Back University. They have had multiple great running backs. From Herschel Walker to DeAndre Swift, they always seem to have a great ball carrier running the ball.

With all of the talented running backs that have come through Georgia football’s doors, there have been a ton of great rushing seasons.

The Dawgs have their list of the top ten rushing seasons statistically in school history, but I wanted to dig a little deeper and rank them in another way.

I’m looking at what these rushing seasons meant to the team. Their significance to Georgia’s history, beyond just the yardage obtained. Sure we can go off of who ran the most yards and rank them that way, but I wanted to dive in and see how significant these rushing yards were for particular running backs and seasons.

So, which of these were the most memorable? Which ones meant the most to Georgia’s team as a whole? Which running backs put the team on their backs and ran them to titles? Which running backs made Georgia relevant again? Which rushing seasons were just flat out special? That is what I set out to find and discuss.

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In most recent memory, Georgia had two running backs, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who took the Bulldogs to a Rose Bowl victory and a College Football Playoff title game appearance.

There were guys like Todd Gurley, Musa Smith, and Herschel Walker, and many more that all ran Georgia to SEC Championships.

However, Walker was the only one to lead the team to the promised land and the coveted NCAA Championship trophy.

There is one season that gets an honorable mention here. You can’t mention the best rushing seasons in Georgia’s history without mentioning Garrison Hearst’s 1992 season where he almost rushed his way to the Heisman. Hearst toted the rock for 1,547 yards and 19 touchdowns that season while placing third behind Gino Torretta and Marshall Faulk.

The Dawgs did beat Kirk Herbstreit and Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl that year as well. Finishing ranked #3 in the country.

So, let’s dive into which seasons meant the most to Georgia as a program.