Dean's List: Offensive Players - #2

Dean Legge counts down Georgia's five most important offensive players of the 2013 season.

Nasty nastiness. Todd Gurley runs the football like he's getting revenge on you for hitting his mother. Gurley combines power with a particular amount of underestimated grace to be arguably the best running back in the SEC. Alabama couldn't control the beatings from Gurley's massive thighs and shoulder pads - and Alabama knows about physicality.

Naturally, Gurley wears on you. Not that he gets tired because the Robin to his Batman, Keith Marshall, comes in to spell him and makes moves of his own. One should also consider that Isaiah Crowell should still be dressing in Silver Britches, too. Georgia can always attract running backs – but Gurley is a special case of brutality meets skill.

Knowshon Moreno was special because of his energy and ability to slip and slide his way into the end zone, but he loved the limelight. Isaiah Crowell was special because of the importance of his recruitment. Crowell was a two-year recruiting battle Georgia had to win, and did. Crowell was important because he showed what could happen if Georgia put its nose down and recruited to its full potential. But as talented as Crowell was, he wasn't equipped to handle everything that goes along with being a star in Athens.

Gurley's situation is different than both. He has energy, but unlike Moreno, Gurley doesn't show it as much. He wasn't a recruiting obsession for the Bulldog Nation like Crowell was. But more important that than – Gurley has Marshall… a good friend and competitor who helps him sharpen his game in a slew of ways.

Georgia fans love a good surprise, and when Gurley muscled on his way to the big-time stage that is college football in the SEC red and black partisans were in love.

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