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Georgia RB Todd Gurley
When Todd Gurley suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the LSU game last year, it was a sign of things to come. No, the Bulldogs didn't lose to the Tigers. In fact, they won a shootout and survived in overtime the next week at Tennessee without their star running back.
Things went south in a hurry.
They lost back-to-back games to eventual division champ Missouri and Vanderbilt to close out October, and when Gurley came back at less than 100 percent for the Florida game, injuries around the program had transformed Georgia from a national title contender to a team that needed boatloads of help to have a chance in the SEC East.
Gurley's health is imperative to Georgia's success.
"If he stays healthy, I think he's one of the better players in America, no doubt about it," head coach Mark Richt said at media days. "Hopefully he stays healthy. I see that he's getting into great condition. If we continue to get him in great condition for this season, I think the sky's the limit for him."
The 6'1", 226-pounder has rushed for 2,374 yards and 27 touchdowns over his first two seasons in Athens, has the power to run through opposing defenders, is a weapon out of the backfield in the passing game and has a track-star pedigree that makes him a pure home run-hitter when he gets into the open field.
Simply put, he's the total package at running back.
Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.