It was pretty simple – for me at least. Todd Gurley, who got hurt in Georgia’s season opener, but came back to finish the game with two touchdowns and 154 yards on only 12 touches, was named captain for the South Carolina game.
Why does that matter?
Its easy after a loss, and a game in which a player the magnitude of Gurley only gets three carries, for a player to get annoyed, lose focus or turn it down a notch out of frustration. Being named captain, to me, signifies that Gurley did the opposite.
Gurley indicated after three-point loss at Clemson that he would have liked more touches – something Mark Richt said would have happened had he not gotten hurt during the game.
Legge: “Did you get into a rhythm there during the game?”
Gurley: “I will let you answer that.”
The post-game interview was short as Gurley isn’t much for interviews. Gurley doesn’t say much. If he likes being interviewed he disguises it really, really well. It’s not for him, which is fine.
When asked what the key for moving forward was after the loss his reply was simple: “Practice. Just practice and ball out.”
Actions, as they say, speak louder than words. And Gurley might be the best example of that going in college football today.
Him being named captain for the South Carolina game is a big deal because he’s going to be a big part of the outcome of the game Saturday. Gurley is no longer a complement to Aaron Murray. Gurley is the best player on Georgia’s team… period. He gives the Bulldogs something they haven’t had in a long time – a consistent and scary running threat.
He’s also no longer a freshman, and he’s going to be the heartbeat of the offense – if not the entire team.
What you want is for your best players to be your captains. It doesn’t always work that way, but when it does its for the best. That’s why Gurley being named a captain is important for him and the program.
Every year after the first loss of the season coaches and players say the old line: “Well, someone has to step up.”
Todd Gurley has done so – without a word.