'Gurshall' set to pass Herschel in the record books

semerson@macon.comNovember 12, 2012 

ATHENS - In all probability, Todd Gurley won't catch Herschel Walker this year. But "Gurshall" is almost there.

After 10 games, Gurley has 973 rushing yards, which already ranks third all-time for a Georgia freshman. It's actually second all time for a true freshman, as Knowshon Moreno's 1,334-yard season in 2007 came after a redshirt year.

Walker's freshman record seems safe: Gurley would need a lot of yards to catch Walker, who had 1,616 yards as a freshman in 1980.

But if you combine Gurley with freshman teammate Keith Marshall, then "Gurshall" have 1,598 yards, which is just 18 yards away from Herschel. The pair have already passed Herschel's touchdown total (15) from his freshman year. Gurley has 11 and Marshall has six.

By himself, Marshall ranks 13th all-time among Georgia freshman, with 625 yards. And he can move up quickly with just one solid game, as only 106 yards separate him from seventh place (Keith Henderson, 1985). Isaiah Crowell's 850-yard mark from last year ranks sixth, just behind Thomas Brown's 875 yards in 2004.

So consider it this way: If Marshall rushes for 251 yards in the final four games, then Gurley and Marshall will each rank in the top five all-time for freshman rushers - in the same season. That's pretty remarkable.

Thanks to Leland Barrow and the studs in Georgia's sports information for compiling this, by the way.

Georgia also reports that "Gurshall" already have the best season "by UGA freshmen duos that shared the load." Second place is Thomas Brown and Danny Ware, who accumulated 1,567 yards in 2004.

Gurley currently is the SEC's second-leading rusher, while Marshall ranks 15th.

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