Georgia running back Todd Gurley rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns and added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a season-opening victory at home over Clemson. It was only one game ,but the message seems to be heard loud and clear: You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him. So how does a South Carolina defense that has been shredded by Texas A&M and East Carolina for a combined 1,133 yards of total offense in the first two weeks of the season start to game plan for Gurley?
Long nights and lots of coffee, probably.
“We have to tackle him, but they have a bunch of other backs too,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier Tuesday when addressing the media. “We just have to play football, tackle whoever has the ball. Sometimes they actually bring the wide receiver into the backfield and let him take off running, they have a nice mixture.”
South Carolina gave up big yardage to Gurley, with the Georgia back running for 132 yards and a touchdown. Spurrier has a pretty good running back himself with Mike Davis, but Gurley and the Bulldogs were too much even for the Gamecocks defense last season.
Good luck to South Carolina, and good luck to other teams facing some of the top running backs around the country this weekend.
Who do you think is the top running back in the nation? Is Todd Gurley leading the Heisman race, as Spurrier suggests may be the case? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments.