Gurley's Got a New Name

Gurley's Got a New Name

ATHENS - You may have noticed that Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley's game jersey now has the Roman numeral II after his last name on the back.

The sophomore has the same name as his father who lives in Maryland. He said he wanted Gurley II to be displayed last year but equipment manager John Meshad didn't approve the added lettering until before this season.

"He was like `Man, if I do it for you than I'm going to have to do it for the whole team,'" he said. "I was like `I feel like I deserved it from last year.' So he was like `All right, I got you."

Gurley's 286 rushing yards this season rank seventh in the nation and it came against a pair of top 10 teams in Clemson and South Carolina.

Former Georgia All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones wrote in a tweet: "Gurley for Heisman..I said it first." He's not the only one pushing such talk.

"That's what they think," Gurley said. "It's whatever. It's a good thing. We'll see how far that goes."

Gurley said a thigh injury limited him in practice last week, but it didn't stop him from rushing for 132 yards and a touchdown and having his first career touchdown catch.

"My leg was kind of bothering me a lot, but I didn't tell anyone," he said. "The trainers and everyone knew, but y'all probably didn't know. …I knew I'd be ready as soon as the game came around."

Long snapper Theus takes snaps in stride

Say this for Nathan Theus' first two games this year as Georgia's long snapper, they certainly have been eventful.

Theus had a high snap on a field goal try that never got off against Clemson and a punt snap was dropped by Collin Barber against South Carolina, giving the Gamecocks the ball at the Georgia 18.

"Being a specialist is just like being a quarterback," Theus said. "You've got to do your job and you're going to mess up here and there and you've got to learn to turn the page and move forward and focus on the next snap. If you let it affect you too much then all of your snaps are going to be bad. You end up costing the bigger picture."

Barber may have looked like he simply dropped a routine snap, but Theus said it was "a little high."

"I gave him something that he wasn't used to," said the redshirt sophomore, the older brother of Georgia offensive lineman John Theus said. "Usually I try to hit the hip to the chest and that was at his face mask. Looking back if I would have known, I would have liked to lower it a little bit. Him, too, looking back he would have wanted to catch it. ..We're definitely a specialist unit and we all stick together."

Assistant John Lilly, who oversees the unit, remained upbeat. "If you look, our next snap and kick was great," Theus said. "Our time to get off was good and Barber hit the heck out of the ball. It was a great fair catch."

Theus had five scholarship offers out of high school in Jacksonville, including South Carolina, Arkansas and Florida State. His brother, Jeremiah, is a junior who also is a long snapper.

"He's learned everything I've learned," Theus said. "The stuff I've learned in college, he's learned in high school. We pass it down."

Murray gets SEC offensive player of the week

A Georgia player won SEC offensive player of the week honors on Monday. Again.

Quarterback Aaron Murray got the recognition this week after Gurley was the pick last week.

Murray completed 17 of 23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns in the 41-30 victory over South Carolina.

His 244.2 pass efficiency mark was his second best in an SEC game and fourth best overall in his career.

The fifth-year senior moved up to No. 2 on the school's all-time list for total offense with 10,907 yards. That trails only David Greene's 11,270.

North Texas time, TV set

Georgia's football game against North Texas on Sept. 21 in Athens will have an early afternoon kickoff.

The game is set for 12:21 p.m. and will be shown on SEC TV (WPCH-TV locally), according to an announcement today by the SEC.

The Bulldogs have an open date this week after playing nationally televised games at night against Clemson and in the late afternoon against South Carolina.

This and that

Georgia coach Mark Richt thanked Georgia fans for how loud they were Saturday in Sanford Stadium in a message posted on YouTube on Monday. He encouraged them to repeat that enthusiasm for future games. "Get in the habit of really getting after it and being the best 12th man in the country," he said. Athletic director Greg McGarity said in an online chat on Georgia's official site Monday: "We need that support every week. People have no idea the impact it has on our players, staff and prospects." …Tailback Keith Marshall said the knee he injured against South Carolina was feeling fine on Monday, but on Saturday it "was banged up a little bit. It kind of gave out on me." …Tight end Jay Rome (sprained ankle) is expected to return for North Texas, Richt said Monday on Atlanta's 680-AM. …The team held position meetings and lifted weights Monday. They will return to the practice fields today.

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