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The phrase "once is not enough" holds as true today as it ever has. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, the two-headed running attack for the Dawgs, put up impressive numbers in their freshmen campaigns to solidify them as truly special runners.
In 2013, we will be looking for a repeat of that performance in order to cement them as the most talented rushing duo in Georgia history. Herschel Walker, the inspiration behind the duo's nickname "Gurshall," stepped up his productivity in his second year with the Dawgs, and we expect the sophomore twosome will do the same.
Due to Ken Malcome's transfer to Southern Illinois, Gurshall will now be viewed as the veteran in the backfield. With the only on-field experience for Georgia's running backs between the two of them, they will be looked at by new recruit A.J. Turman—and hopefully 4-star back Alvin Kamara—to lead the way into the 2013 season.
Todd Gurley will have his own set of distractions as well, considering he will surely begin the year as a Heisman candidate alongside QB Aaron Murray and Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina's premier pass-rusher. He will need to keep the same focus and humble demeanor that we have all grown to love and respect.
Opposing defenses will know what's coming at them next year when they line up across from No. 3 and No. 4. Gurley and Marshall will need to improve on everything they learned last year in order to keep the other teams guessing along the way.
Even more importantly, Aaron Murray will have a target on his back as well, and the two young backs will need to run with more power and vision than ever before to keep defenses honest and to protect their quarterback.