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Mark Richt on Todd Gurley: You’ve gotta give him the ball

Todd Gurley

One of the biggest reasons to like Georgia’s chances in the SEC, if not just the SEC East, in 2014 lies on the health of running back Todd Gurley. The victim of a sprained ankle last season, Gurley appears to be primed for a bounce back season for the Bulldogs and he probably should be the focus of the offense early on. Head coach Mark Richt knows he has quite the talent ready to take handoffs but also realizes the importance of keeping him healthy.

“If he’s healthy, he’s gonna make great runs. I mean you’ve gotta give him the ball,” Richt said in a report recently published by The Telegraph. “We’ve done a pretty good job of throwing the ball to him. But Keith Marshall’s pretty talented, obviously. Brendan Douglas, we like what he did. We’ve got a couple highly-touted guys coming in, I wanna see what they can do.”

There is no doubting that Georgia tends to have a pretty solid running game. That should be the case again in 2014, and it should help take the pressure off the quarterback in a year of some transition under center. With breaking in a new full-time starter at the position, it should be expected the running game carries the load more in the beginning of the season. Richt is suggesting a healthy Gurley is going to be leading that charge, but they need to do so smartly.

“So are we gonna give it to (Gurley) 30 times a game and wear him to a nub, no,” Richt explained. “But there may be a game or two where he’s feeling in, and we’ve got momentum, and he’s pounding, we’re gonna let him pound. But Douglas pounds pretty good too. Keith Marshall can hit a home run at any moment. So we’ll use all those guys.”

Earlier this offseason Richt said there were no plans to redshirt Marshall, so he should be a part of the offensive gameplan as well.

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2 Responses to “Mark Richt on Todd Gurley: You’ve gotta give him the ball”
  1. bobulated says: Jun 10, 2014 7:16 PM

    CMR says this but he and OC Bobo are notorious for when the running game is grinding up a D like sausage suddenly deciding to get cute and go play-action bomb (Inc.), bubble screen (2 yd gain), sprint draw (4 yd gain), punt.
    Herschel might not have won a Hesiman playing for this O; they love to pass way too much and in their defense it usually works but too often they go to the air when there is really no reason too and being physical in the run game is more appropriate for the situation.
    Actually having a great ground game and an inexperienced QB might work to their advantage this season by keeping some of those plays in the playbook and out of the game plan.

  2. woebegong says: Jun 11, 2014 1:14 AM

    The more time that UGA can control the clock with a good solid running game the better the chances for the DAWGS will be to succeed. With the defense being a work in the making, at least for the first few games under Coach Pruitt, they need to play good solid ball control. With the stable of runners they have, they should be able to do that.

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