ATHENS - Gurshall is a catchy nickname for Georgia's tailback duo, one that caught on with fans, media and teammates alike. So as Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall enter their sophomore seasons, they have a message for the public.
Feel free to stop calling us that.
"I never really liked the name," Gurley said Thursday. "I always said that, since it came up."
"Sometimes I'll be out somewhere and someone will be like: 'What's up Gurshall?'" Marshall said. "That's not my name."
The nickname was bestowed early last season, as the pair were on their way to a record-setting season. They combined for 2,144 yards and 25 touchdowns, with Gurley accounting for most of it (1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns).
Their combined output would have broken Herschel Walker's numbers, so at some point someone - it's not clear who - came up with the Gurshall moniker. The two never complained during the season, but apparently Gurley was stifling his misgivings, and Marshall got tired of being called that off the field.
"Football-wise it doesn't bother me, but I don't really like being called (Gurshall) outside of that," Marshall said.
Gurley is ready for it to away completely.
"I don't like it at all," Gurley said. "I just don't."
Georgia's media guide, in an opening section detailing storylines for this season, bypasses the nickname, simply referring them to as a "talented tailback tandem." That name seems unlikely to catch on as quickly.
Neither player offered up any other nickname suggestions, and Marshall isn't optimistic that "Gurshall" will go away.
"I feel like at this point it's inevitable," he said. "I don't think it's ever gonna change."
On a separate subject, Gurley and Marshall both are pretty well-acquainted with the opening opponent: Two years ago the North Carolina natives both basically came down to Georgia and Clemson.
"I would probably say if I didn't come here, I'd be at Clemson," Gurley said.
Marshall echoed that, saying he "almost went there," adding that it wouldn't be a big deal.
"It's a big-time atmosphere, so that's always good, because you get a lot of exposure. It's a big game, and that's why you come here to play," Marshall said. "But it's no extra because I almost went there."
Marshall said he weighs 220 pounds now, and thinks he'll get down to 215 by the end of the preseason. Gurley said he's unchanged from the spring, when he was listed at 232.