Former Georgia star Todd Gurley wants to make it clear that there’s only one Running Back U in the SEC, and it isn’t LSU or Alabama.
There’s no denying the caliber of running backs that have come out of LSU in recent years, highlighted by current sensation and preseason Heisman Trophy favorite Leonard Fournette. The Crimson Tide have of course churned out a steady stream of all-star rushers, as well, including Mark Ingram, Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and reigning Heisman winner Derrick Henry.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, Gurley said neither program holds a candle to Georgia. Gurley, of course, was one of the most dominant players at the position before his college career was cut short by a torn ACL. The Bulldogs’ backfield of Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Elijah Holyfield may well end up being the most dynamic running back group in college football this fall.
“That’s what we do at Georgia, we breed running backs. We’re Running Back U,” Gurley said. “LSU might think they’re Running Back U. Y’all after us and then maybe Bama.”
After being drafted by the then-St. Louis Rams in the 2015 draft, Gurley went on to earn AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Gurley was also named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association. After missing the first three games of the season as he returned to full health from the knee injury that ended his college career, Gurley finished 2015 with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 229 carries.