Brandon Boykin, the former Georgia cornerback now with the Philadelphia Eagles, couldn’t help but It notice Todd Gurley’s second career 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown Saturday. That put Gurley one behind Boykin, who did it a program-record three times as a Bulldog.
“Superman Gurley,” Boykin tweeted. “Woulda loved to play with that boi! Just please don’t break the KR record tho.”
There were 348 players who have returned a kickoff return 100 yards in NCAA history, entering the season. Utah’s Reggie Dunn had five between 2010-12. Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State also had three from 1986-88.
Assistant coach John Lilly said there was much discussion on the coaching staff about whether Gurley should return kicks.
“Depending on which day you ask everybody, some days it’s like `Oh, yeah,’ and some days, ‘No,’” Lilly said. “The great thing is he’s hungry to be back there.”
Mark Richt called the impact of Gurley’s touchdown “huge” because Georgia trailed Clemson 21-14 and the momentum was turning Clemson’s direction.
”All of a sudden 105 yards later, we’re in the end zone and the score’s tied,” Richt said.