A look at the Georgia’s junior running back, who faces South Carolina on Saturday:
1. HE’S BIG
One scouting report says of the 6-foot1, 232-pounder: “Built for the NFL with a muscle-bound, physical frame and naturally lowers his pads and squares his shoulders to attack the line of scrimmage and bounce off defenders.”
2. WHAT DABO SAID
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After Clemson’s 45-21 loss to Georgia in which Gurley set a record for Bulldogs running backs with 293 all-purpose yards, Swinney said: “Gurley is, obviously, as good as it gets. He is a great, great football player.”
3. HE’S THE HEISMAN FRONTRUNNER
Despite not playing this past weekend, Gurley remained No 1 in ESPN’s weekly Heisman poll. He is followed by three QBS: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, FSU’s Jameis Winston and Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill.
4. HE ALSO RETURNS KICKOFFS
Gurley has eight career kickoff returns for an average of 42.9 yards. Two have been for touchdowns, each a 100-yarder, including one against Clemson in the season opener.
5. THE NEXT JIM BROWN?
Former Georgia QB Fran Tarkenton, who played against Cleveland great Jim Brown in the NFL, says Gurley can be as good as Brown, “No doubt about it.”
6. IT TAKES TWO
Georgia has a freshman running back named Nick Chubb who closely resembles Gurley. Chubb rushed for 70 yards and a TD on four carries against Clemson.
Odds Shark has the over/under for Gurley’s season rushing yards set at 1,260.5. It has his over/under for rushing touchdowns set at 13.5.
8. NO. 1 RB IN 2015 NFL DRAFT
Most websites have Gurley listed as the top running back prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft. Walterfootball.com has him No. 1 ahead of Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and USC’s Mike Davis.
9. GAMECOCKS CAN STOP HIM
They did in the 2012 game, a 35-7 stomping of Georgia. Gurley rushed for 39 yards on 13 carries. But he had 132 yards on 30 carries in Georgia’s 41-30 win this past season.
10. WHAT SPURRIER SAYS
“He is a big, strong back. He and the quarterback at Oregon are the Heisman leaders right now, but, hopefully, he may not be the leader (after Saturday). He’s going to get his yards, there’s no question about that. He’s going to get his yards against everybody.”
From Staff Reports