For the Georgia Bulldogs, there has to be one leader who can carry the flag for the team in 2014.
All fingers are likely going to point at Todd Gurley because he is arguably the best all-around player on the roster.
Players like Hutson Mason, Ramik Wilson and Malcolm Mitchell will also have to make plays consistently in order for Georgia to win this upcoming season, but Gurley is the guy who will make everything go.
Last season, Gurley was battling injuries all year long but still managed to have over 1,500 total yards of offense. So this upcoming season, Gurley is expected to have a big year because he will be healthy and he’s arguably the best running back in the country.
But with him having health issues back in the fall, have the coaches limited him during spring practices?
When Gurley started practicing this spring he had no tape on his ankles and had no other limitations, according to Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph (h/t Columbus Ledger-Enquirer). And as each practice has come and gone, Gurley has gotten better and better when it comes to his health.
Head coach Mark Richt told Emerson that Gurley is doing everything that is asked of him. He went on to say that he looks more confident and is showing signs of the Gurley in 2012. And while Gurley is not 100 percent like he was at the start of the 2013 season, Richt said he’s getting there every day.
Because of the health of Gurley and making sure that he’s at 100 percent, Brendan Douglas has been taking the majority of snaps with the No. 1 offense. But when he does get in with the No. 1 offense, he makes an impact, according to Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gurley has been moving piles, making cuts and bursting into the open field.
It was the same situation in the Bulldogs' first spring scrimmage on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Gurley did not have too many reps in the scrimmage, but when he was in the game, he was productive. Gurley carried the ball three times for 14 yards, and he also had two receptions for 28 yards.
Gurley has nothing to prove this spring. In fact, he really doesn’t need to be out practicing if the coaches want to keep him as healthy as possible. But at the same time, it’s good for him to get some reps in because that will help him get in shape faster for the 2014 season.
Todd Gurley has NOTHING to prove. In full contact situations, I expect #UGA to not take many chances with him until fall.— Logan Booker (@LoganBooker_BI) March 29, 2014
However, based on how he has performed this spring. Gurley is already or getting close to being in tiptop shape. And if he has no limitations during preseason practices and can stay healthy throughout the entire season, he will have a few trophies given to him in December.