By Shelton Griffith
After a convincing victory over Clemson on Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs are now No. 6 in the AP poll One could point to the improved defense or the commitment to the running game as the cause for such a walloping defeat, but the real reason for Georgia’s domination over Clemson was the play of Heisman trophy candidate Todd Gurley. As of now, ESPN has Gurley No. 1 in its Heisman ratings after the first week of college football action. Not only is Gurley a special player but also he is on pace to finish his career as the second greatest running back in the history of Georgia Football. He is also projected as a top 10 draft pick in the 2015 NFL draft according to Dan Kadar at SB Nation.
|Player||Year||Total Rush Yds||Totals Yds Avg||Total TD|
So the question now is whether Todd Gurley can win the Heisman trophy? To answer that lets compare Gurley to previous RBs in past who won the Heisman and past Georgia RBs including Herschel Walker who won the Heisman during his time at Georgia.
|Reggie Bush||2005||Southern Cal||Pac-10||RB||13||200||1740||8.7||16|
|Ron Dayne||1999||Wisconsin||Big Ten||RB||12||337||2034||6||20|
|Ricky Williams||1998||Texas||Big 12||RB||11||361||2124||5.9||27|
|Eddie George||1995||Ohio State||Big Ten||RB||13||328||1927||5.9||24|
|Rashaan Salaam||1994||Colorado||Big 8||RB||11||298||2055||6.9||24|
|Barry Sanders||1988||Oklahoma State||Big 8||RB||11||344||2628||7.6||37|
|Mike Rozier||1983||Nebraska||Big 8||RB||12||275||2148||7.8||29|
Gurley is on pace to finish the season with 2772 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns which will rival only Barry Sanders’ amazing 1988 Heisman season. While it seems unrealistic to expect Gurley to finish with these numbers, a less than stellar passing game this season and a plethora of running backs could lead to Georgia being a high rate running team.
Not often do running backs win the Heisman trophy, but with Georgia’s commitment to the running game, Gurley could find himself following in the footsteps of Herschel Walker and hoisting the Heisman trophy at season’s end in New York.