Friday, September 5, 2014

The one where Gurley > Herschel

The comparisons between the two make me uncomfortable to tell you the truth. Different backs in different eras. Of course, similar impacts. But I digress.

I hadn't thought of it until reading this Emerson piece on special teams, but Herschel wouldn't have returned kickoffs had Todd Gurley been born in the early to mid-1960s.
Walker returned 14 kickoffs in his three years at Georgia – six each as a freshman and sophomore, and two as a junior. He never reached the end zone, averaging 17.6 yards per return. When Walker got to the NFL he had 198 career kickoff returns, returning two for touchdowns.
Gurley has now eight career kickoff returns for an average of 42.9 yards. One-quarter of those returns have been for touchdowns, each a 100-yarder. He only got one chance on Saturday night; the first two were touchbacks, the next was the touchdown, and then Clemson booted it short to open the second half, having seen enough.
Of course, the bigger story is the fact that Richt approves of sending his all-world tailback out there in the first place. Who the hell is this guy anyway?

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