To read much of the national media, you’d think Todd Gurley has struggled with injuries throughout his Georgia career. That’s not entirely accurate, but you can tell Mark Richt is sensitive to that perception when he discusses how he’ll use Gurley in the running game this season.
“So are we gonna give it to (Gurley) 30 times a game and wear him to a nub, no. But there may be a game or two where he’s feeling in, and we’ve got momentum, and he’s pounding, we’re gonna let him pound. But Douglas pounds pretty good too. Keith Marshall can hit a home run at any moment. So we’ll use all those guys.”
The thing is, that’s not really a departure from how he’s been deployed so far. Looking at Gurley’s career rushing stats, here’s how his number of carries per game breaks down (he was out three games last season):
- Less than 10: 3
- 10-19: 13
- 20-29: 7
- 30 or more: 1
As those numbers indicate, Keith Marshall’s made it pretty easy for Richt and Bobo to manage Gurley’s workload. With Chubb and Michel being added to the mix this season, there’s no reason to think that won’t continue.
Interestingly, there is one area of Gurley’s workload that’s increased dramatically. He has 53 career receptions. 26 of those came in his last four games. (Ten versus Auburn.) I don’t know whether Richt counts that as part of the pounding or not.