Running back Gurley third in SEC in rush yards, yards per game

Before flying back to Athens after Georgia’s victory over Florida Saturday, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo asked freshman tailback Todd Gurley about his antics after his 10-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

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Georgia running back Todd Gurley is third in the SEC in yards per game, averaging 92.5 yards. Gurley quietly rushed for 118 yards on 27 carries against Florida last Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gurley punctuated the score with a Gator Chomp that drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

“Coach Bobo asked me, ‘What the heck was that?” Gurley said. “I told him. He was like, ‘That’s stupid.’ It was a little celebration I got from Blake Tibbs.”

Tibbs, a freshman receiver who is on track for a redshirt season, did the Gator Chomp last year in a high school game against Stephenson, Gurley said. Florida freshman defensive lineman Jafar Mann played for Stephenson last season.

Gurley had four 100-yard rushing games in the first five games and added a sixth by rushing for 118 yards on 27 carries against the Gators, something that got sort of lost beneath other storylines out of that game.

“I thought it was probably underrated as far as what people talked about,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “It was a tremendous performance, that many carries against that physical of a defense. To average 4.4 (yards a carry) and not really have a long run, that was a heck of a game and his ball security was tremendous.”

Gurley moved up to third in the SEC in rushing at 92.5 yards per game, trailing only Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (99.13) and Mississippi State’s Ladarius Perkins (95.25). CBS Sportsline’s Bruce Feldman listed Gurley as No. 4 on his list of biggest impact freshmen in the nation.

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