With the absence this season of Aaron Murray under center, running back Todd Gurley will now be looked upon as the undisputed seasoned veteran of the offense in Athens. Now 100% healthy after battling through nagging injuries that hampered his 2013 campaign, Gurley will undoubtedly be on the early Heisman Trophy lists of a lot of folks in the media.
And if you ask head coach Mark Richt, Gurley’s presence on the field is all he will need to be considered a legitimate Heisman threat this season.
“I don’t think you have to have a campaign for the Heisman. I think the numbers will speak for themselves,” Richt told the Macon Telegraph. “I think his highlights will speak for themselves. The Heisman usually goes to a team that’s winning and somebody that’s just doing superb work, and has a little bit of a flare about him.”
Despite missing three games last season nursing those injuries, Gurley nearly hit the 1,000-yard mark and with Hutson Mason settling in at the quarterback position, Gurley will more than likely see a lot more carries, especially early on in the season, plus there is also the possibility that the team redshirts backup Keith Marshall.