The long-awaited debut of former UGA running back Todd Gurley may finally occur this Sunday when the St. Louis Rams play the Pittsburgh Steelers. At UGA, Gurley was considered one of the best players in the nation, and that sentiment has not gone away despite the jump to the pros.
Bud Dupree, the Steelers’ first-round draft pick in 2015 and a former Kentucky linebacker, told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette what he thinks of his potential opponent on Sunday.
“Gurley is Gurley,” said Dupree. “I feel like he’s in a league by himself. Once he gets a couple of years under his belt, he’ll be in a league of his own.”
As a former SEC defender, Dupree knows exactly what Gurley is capable of, especially after witnessing the former UGA back gain 167 total yards and score two touchdowns against Kentucky in 2013.
Another Steelers’ defender, former UGA teammate Jarvis Jones, spoke with Fittipaldo about the rookie’s ability.
“He’s like my little brother,” Jones said. “He’s very smart, loves the game of football. He plays tremendously hard. He’s a very good running back. I’m just happy he’s healthy now and he has a chance to fulfill his dream.”
Pittsburgh and St. Louis will face each other on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.