That was Florida head coach Will Muschamp’s answer when he was asked who would be the standout in the SEC this upcoming season on Monday at the 2014 SEC Media Days.
If you are even a remote fan of college football, you will agree with Muschamp. And if not, here are a few reasons why you should:
As a true freshman, Gurley rushed for 1,385 yards with 17 touchdowns. He rushed 100+ yards in nine out of 14 games against some of the best defenses in the country. Only one other Georgia Bulldog has rushed for 1,000 yards his freshmen year: Herschel Walker. If he did this his first season, only imagination can fathom what he’s capable of with a year of experience under his belt.
He was set back in 2013 with an ankle injury in the 4th game of the season. Although he never fully recovered and missed three games, Gurley rushed for 989 yards with 10 touchdowns and landed Top 10 in the SEC for rushing. HE ALMOST BROKE 1,000 YARDS ON AN INJURED ANKLE.
He found a new niche last season lining up at receiver. He may not be a Sammy Watkins (yet) but Gurley posted a receiving stat line of 441 yards and six touchdowns. He led the team in 2013 with receiving touchdowns, beating out Chris Conley and Michael Bennett.
“It’s good to be able to do both things as far as rushing and receiving the ball,” Gurley said after Georgia’s game against Kentucky in 2013. “It’s a great thing and it puts more pressure on defense. That’s one of the main things Aaron [Murray] and I wanted to do in the off-season. I’ve been working on that [receiving] a lot.”
He is already a deadly weapon in the backfield but with him also receiving, he could add on to Georgia’s offensive success.
A healthy Gurley will not only succeed in the SEC as Muschamp predicts, but on the national stage, and will likely be a top candidate for the Heisman and the 2015 NFL Draft.