SEC Football Q&A: Who Will Have the Better Season, Todd Gurley or T.J. Yeldon?

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterSeptember 20, 2012

Georgia RB Todd Gurley
Georgia RB Todd GurleyKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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And we're off:

@barrettsallee who has the bigger season? UGA's Gurley or Bama's Yeldon? #SEC

— Ashley Gulick (@bamagrl83) September 20, 2012

Luckily for SEC fans, this will be a question that lasts throughout the season, which is a good thing if you like good running backs.

I'm going to go with Todd Gurley simply because I think he'll be featured more at Georgia than T.J. Yeldon will be with Alabama.

So far, Gurley has two fewer carries, but he has out-rushed Yeldon by 85 yards (276 to 191). 

Now, you can make stats say whatever you want, but Gurley has been more impressive early and has ascended to the top of the Bulldog depth chart at running back—a place where I expect him to stay for the remainder of the season.

Nothing against Yeldon. He's a fantastic running back, and he has a great future in Tuscaloosa in front of him. But he's still fighting Eddie Lacy for first-team carries for the Crimson Tide, not fighting off the advances from others.

The battle between Gurley and Yeldon will be fun to watch for the next few years, and the leader will probably pass the baton to the other guy several times between now and the time they leave campus.

If you're asking who's a better running back overall between the two, I don't think there's a wrong answer.


@barrettsallee will South Carolina miss DJ Swearinger against Missouri?

— Kevin Paul (@KevinJPaul) September 20, 2012

Oh, absolutely.

Missouri can move up and down the field on anyone, and having an established safety back there who knows the ropes is a big benefit for any team going up against Missouri.

Freshman T.J. Gurley, who has bounced around from safety to cornerback and back to safety, will get the start in D.J. Swearinger's absence, according to the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier.

No pressure, T.J.

Missouri can put stress on opposing defenses in a variety of ways, including with wide receivers T.J. Moe and Dorial Green-Beckham, running backs Kendial Lawrence and Marcus Murphy and quarterback James Franklin.

They stretch the field and get the ball in the hands of playmakers in space, which oftentimes means more pressure on safeties to make tackles in the open field.

Pressure up front changes everything, as Georgia proved against Missouri in the second half of their matchup two weeks ago. In order to minimize the impact of Swearinger's absence, it might not be up to the rest of the secondary. The pressure will fall on Jadeveon Clowney, Devin Taylor and the rest of the Gamecock front seven.


How many NFL teams would Bama beat? RT @barrettsallee: Today is #SEC Q&A day. Send those questions in, folks!

— Ben Swain (@thedevilwolf) September 20, 2012

Ben is joking, but other people have said this with a straight face, which is trolling at its finest.

The answer is, of course, ZERO.

Alabama is a great college football team, and it's on the brink of a dynasty. But the Crimson Tide would get smoked by the worst NFL team on a consistent basis.


First and foremost, Alabama's roster is comprised of 18- to 22-year-olds who have a limited amount of preparation time for each game, not grown men whose job is to prepare for and win football games.

Alabama had eight players drafted last season, which is very impressive. If it's able to do that over a four-year period, starting with the players who are currently on the roster, that's 32 players. 

The last time I checked, NFL rosters allow for 53 players.

Not all players on NFL rosters come through the draft, and some college players can and will step in and be stars immediately. But NFL teams are essentially college All-Star teams.

Before the comments start flowing, I know there was an NFL vs. College All-Star Game in the past. 

The past, not the present.

It's a ridiculous argument that's discussed simply to get a reaction. Alabama wouldn't stand a chance against an NFL team—even the Dolphins.



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