- Thursday, 31 October 2013 02:00
- Author: Logan Booker
Photo: Logan Booker/BI
It has been three games and three quarters since Todd Gurley has carried the ball for the the Georgia Bulldogs. It has also been two games and three and a half quarters since Keith Marshall has carried the ball for the Georgia Bulldogs. During this trying time, two freshmen running backs, J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas, have been carrying the load for a school often dubbed as “Running Back U” through the meat of the SEC schedule. And with Gurley returning at perhaps just the right time before facing the biggest of Rivals in the Florida Gators, the freshmen are welcoming him back with open arms.
With any player, having playing time taken away, even if it is for the best interest of the team, can be difficult. But both Green and Douglas seem to know and understand what is best for their position, and are willing to accept their hierarchy on the skill-based totem poll.
“Todd will get the most of it if he is 100%, and I think he is,” Douglas said. “If Todd needs a breather on the sidelines for a couple of plays then we will be ready to go.” “Who doesn’t want Todd back,” Green stated. “I mean the whole UGA country wants Todd back. I’m glad that he is back, so he can help out.” In the long run, both Douglas and Green see the situation that was sprung on them due to unforeseen injuries as a very valuable experience, and have Gurley to thank for being by their sides throughout.
“[Todd] is definitely a good role model,” Douglas said. “He is a heck of a back and a heck of a guy to watch play, and learn from. We were with him all through camp, and all through the summer. We saw him and learned from him a lot.” “He was the mentor,” Green said. “He was the person that you wanted to hear from. He’s been through it, and he knows how it is, and he is going to coach you up even though he can’t do anything. He’s going to tell you ‘You have to get back into the game, you got to keep running the ball, and keep going.’”
Watch Brendan Douglas talk about Gurley’s progress, and preparations for his first WLOCP:
Watch J.J. Green talk about Gurley’s progress, and preparations for his first WLOCP: