Return Specialist

ATHENS - It wasn't a foregone conclusion that Gurley would return kicks against Clemson.

Coaches debated using Gurley on KO returns

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.

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