How big a deal is Gurley’s return?

We’re all fired up about it, obviously.

It’s part of the reason Marc Weiszer gives Georgia an edge in intangibles tomorrow.

But then I think about this obvious comparison.

“I guess the best way I can answer that is how do people feel about A.J. Green around here,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said this week.

Green, like Gurley, was suspended four games in 2010 when he took $1,000 for a signed Independence Bowl jersey from a person the NCAA deemed an agent.

Since you brought it up, Coach, I can’t help but point out that Green’s return, while triumphant from a personal point of view, as it included one of the most remarkable catches of his career,

… didn’t turn out so well for the team, as Georgia lost to a mediocre Colorado team on the road.

I’m not saying that Weiszer’s wrong about the intangibles, as there are differences in the two situations – the biggest being that Gurley returns in a night home game against a big rival – but it’s worth keeping in mind that it’s not necessarily a slam dunk, either.

I guess you could say I still have a healthy respect for Gus’ rabbit’s foot.


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44 responses to “How big a deal is Gurley’s return?

  1. Cojones

    Todd comes back as he started – just another member of the team. His playing position can be covered by several individuals and that’s why we keep mentioning their names.

    We just hope he comes back and performs as we imagine, which is unfair to Todd and this team.


  2. Cojones

    Here’s to watching closely and cheering like hell for the big uglies. Hope they play with a road grader attitude and Andrews gets to foot race with Chubb again.


  3. I worry about a Ewing theory with this. Not so much that tg2 isn’t able to add significantly to the team, but that bobo and crew may rely on him more than they should.

    That said, I worry about everything when it comes to uga football.


  4. Reservoir Dawg

    Let’s hope that the three-legged rabbit still has a chuckle or two left for Augustus.


  5. sUGArdaddy

    Todd’s different. Best RB in conference since Bo. It’s gonna be a fun night.


  6. cbgodawgs

    biggest difference is AJ had not played in a game for 9 months and ended up missing half the game with cramps. Gurley is already game tested and should be able to jump right back in.


  7. Sanford222view

    Incredible catch by A.J. That was right in front of me. I was sitting in that end zone corner about 3 rows up and remember being in awe watching that athletic ability.


  8. paul

    I just hope we don’t go into this with the attitude that all we have to do is hand Gurley the rock and the game is ours. The last thing I want to hear on Sunday is our players talking about how they weren’t properly motivated or how they underestimated Auburn. Whatever we got, we need to leave it on the field. Like Spence, I worry about everything.


  9. ChicagoDawg

    Unfortunately, these hyped returns for mega players usually end with an injury or a key turnover. Dawgs get rolled at home.


  10. I hope we don’t even have to attempt a pass in this game…just run gurłey and Chubb for 500 yards….that would be a dream come true


  11. I have a feeling that motivation is not an issue this week.


  12. This game is won or lost on defense


  13. I think Gurley’s return is more psychological than actual performance. If you look at Chubb’s numbers they’re incredible and I’m not sure Todd would have done any better in those four games.
    This game is going to come down to which defense can make the last stop or cause the most turnovers.


  14. Dawgs eat rabbit’s feet for breakfast. GATA


  15. Jack Klompus

    I was on the opposite end zone opposite side when he made that catch. All I could see was him leap up and snare that in…I’d never seen anything like that at a game. Folsom Field is a great place to watch a game if you’ve never been. Would have very much liked a different result, however.


  16. Cojones

    It’s beginning to be that time, fans. Lace up your Bulldawg shoes that carry the Mercury wings on the back; tip your hat toward the lovely Athena; call upon Mars of the East to defeat the Venus of the West….no vaseline (we went through the Ky jelly last week).

    My memory goes back to Uga II’s introduction upon the death of Uga I. This pup came charging through the goalpost barriers put up at halftime, extending hard against his 15′ leash, his little legs left no room for doubt that he was the top of his breed while running and pulling the cheerleader on the other end all the way to the center of the field where he unambiguously exulted in the biggest roar I can remember in Sanford Stadium. We stood and cheered the entire 3rd qtr with no letup while dismantling an Auburn team that had been leading at halftime.

    If any of you research and find differently about which team or the score, leave me to that imperfect memory cell and be kind to my final memories that haven’t yet completely gone the way of the flutterbys.


  17. Mayor

    My biggest concern about Todd Gurley is that he comes back not in “game shape.” He hasn’t played in a real football game in more than a month. Practicing with the team ain’t the same thing as playing. When AJ Green came back against Colorado he was so out of shape that when we really needed him, in the 4th quarter, he was gassed and on the sideline.


  18. CannonDawg

    I don’t think Gurley will have any trouble adjusting. He’s not playing a game at 5,000 feet above sea level as Green did. He’s right back where he belongs. He’ll still be the best player in the nation.

    I think we run Auburn out, 48-30. Auburn has been spectacularly fortunate lately, but that all changed last weekend. Now they’re just Auburn again. Not lucky Auburn or charmed Auburn. Just Auburn. And deep down they all know it. I expect them to be a 4-loss team at the end of the regular season.

    Our defense will play well and our QB will spread it around effectively. We will win the field position battle, as has been our custom, and Auburn will be finished by the middle of Q3. And some good news will be forthcoming from College Station before we’re through. Who are the lucky ones now?

    Pummel ’em, Dawgs!


  19. anon

    Richt should have not been allowed on the plane flight home after this game. Kiffen’ed right there in Boulder.


  20. RocketDawg

    Has anyone staked out the proctologist offices in the greater Opelika/Auburn area to see if Gus showed up to a “reinsertion” appointment?


    • CannonDawg

      Too late, Rocket. How much sympathy does Gus deserve? Even his procto docs will be overcharging him when he goes 8-4. Remember, the docs went to med school at U. Ala at B’ham. He may end up with the insertion of a . . . well, you GTP. He’ll need to go back to Arkansas to get it removed. And if they’re not happy with him there, there’s always the OC position at Louisville.