At least one part of this season still bears a resemblance to 1980. - Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs are in a collective funk over last Saturday's SEC Championship Game loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide, but there is a ray of hope offered by freshman phenomenon Todd Gurley.
I’ll have some thoughts later about our collective mood, which is not good, but, in the meantime, I’d like to offer a positive observation:
When I looked at the postgame statistics, I was amazed to learn that Todd Gurley rushed for 122 yards against the Alabama Crimson Tide; had you asked me afterward, I’d have guessed he got about half that total. However, with 199 collegiate carries under his belt, “Super Gurl” has amassed 1,260 rushing yards for the Georgia Bulldogs in his freshman campaign. That puts him just 74 rushing yards shy of Knowshon Moreno’s 2007 redshirt freshman total of 1,334 rushing yards.
If Gurley gets 75 yards against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl, he will have posted the second-best freshman yardage total in Red and Black history.
Nebraska, for the record, ranks 96th in the nation against the run.