Todd Gurley’s instant impact at Georgia gave him recognition that Knowshon Moreno or Isaiah Crowell didn’t get so fast.
The tailback shared SEC freshman of the week honors with Alabama’s T.J Yeldon on Monday after Gurley’s showing in a 45-23 win over Buffalo on Saturday. No Georgia player has won or shared that award after their first game since its inception in 2005.
“What an outstanding football player,” Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn said Monday. “We didn’t know exactly what we were going to get there. Coach (Mark) Richt was very pleased with his performance, a very explosive football player.”
The 6-foot-1, 218-pound Gurley rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, and returned a kickoff 100 yards for another touchdown. Brandon Boykin has the other three 100-yard kickoff returns in program history.
Gurley, a Tarboro, N.C., product was the first Georgia freshman since Danny Ware in 2004 to reach 100 yards in their Bulldogs debut.
“Obviously he impressed me as a runner and he’s been impressing me and the rest of our staff and the team in how he’s doing,” Richt said. “He’s got a knack for breaking tackles and he’s got more speed than you’d think for a big man.”
Said Quinn: “I think a lot of people are going to have to gear up. Anytime’s the ball in his hands, he’s obviously a very explosive player. They’ve got a good one there.”