Georgia Football: Richt on Gurley, “…we’re going to let him pound”

Todd Gurley won’t take anyone by surprise this season, but you can bet he’s looking to up his stock. Photo: ESPN

Todd Gurley’s name isn’t one that needs accoutrements. When you say hear his name mentioned, you’ve said plenty.

Most would have to assume that Gurley isn’t entering his junior season looking to settle further into his career as a Georgia Bulldog. Quite frankly, by the time he finished his freshman season, the talk was already moving towards an early entry into the NFL Draft. And, make no mistake, if Gurley does anything close to what he’s projected to do in 2014—as not only the feature back, but the key cog in an offense that no longer has Aaron Murray under center—he’s gone.  You know it, I know it, and the world pretty much knows it too.

The only question is, can he stay healthy this year?

That’s one question none of us can answer, but if he’s able to turn on the jets and do what No. 3 does best, you won’t have any trouble finding him in the stat lines because coach Richt will make sure he feeds the beast as much as possible—when he’s feeling hungry.

“If he’s healthy, he’s going to make great runs. I mean, you’ve got to give him the ball,” Richt said, “and we’ve done a pretty good job of throwing the ball to him. But Keith Marshall is very talented, obviously. Brendan Douglas, we like what he did. We’ve got a couple of highly touted guys coming in, and we want to see what they can do.

“Are we going to give it to him 30 times a game and wear him to a nub? No. But there may be a game or two where he’s feeling it and we’ve got momentum and he’s pounding it, we’re going to let him pound.” (Gentry Estes, Dawgs247)


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2 comments for “Georgia Football: Richt on Gurley, “…we’re going to let him pound”

  1. sj
    06/09/2014 at 10:31 AM

    I will be surprised if Hutson Mason is anything but the beta version of Jeff Driskel….good for 3 plays, ineffective for 2 plays, and horrible for 1 play. Then repeat. Consequently, we will need GMCM (Gurley, Marshall, Chubb, Michel) to force through a Vince Dooley game plan of run, run and run. Only on second and short will Bobo turn Mason loose, not because of poor arm strength or poor accuracy…he is strong and accurate. Unfortunately, he also has very poor field judgment and doesn’t think as fast as Aaron did. Mason seems to think the appearance of his passes is more important than which color jersey catches them. Just thank God for our RBs since Bobo’s game plan will necessarily result in a long(er) game with more offensive plays.

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