Richt explains why Gurley needs no Heisman campaign

semerson@macon.comApril 25, 2014 

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Todd Gurley finds some room in the defensive line and heads for the end zone Saturday during the G Day game at Sanford Stadium.

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ATHENS, Ga. - A fan asked Mark Richt this week whether UGA would run a Heisman campaign for tailback Todd Gurley. The answer was no, but Richt used the chance to not only explain why one isn't needed, but to show just how high is expectations are for the star tailback.

Gurley barely missed the 1,000-yard rushing mark this year despite missing three full games with a sprained ankle, and the better part of several more with the ankle and a strained quad.

Richt pointed out that while he was at Florida State from 1990-2000 the Seminoles had two Heisman-winning quarterbacks (Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke) and one runner-up (Casey Weldon.)

"I don't think you have to have a campaign for the Heisman. I think the numbers will speak for themselves," Richt said. "I think his highlights will speak for themselves. The Heisman usually goes to a team that's winning and somebody that's just doing superb work, and has a little bit of a flare about him.

"I really believe preseason most people would put him top five in the Heisman race. I don't think we have to do anything to help that. I'd be shocked if he wasn't first- or second-team All-American in just about every single poll. I think he's that good. If he's healthy, if he's in shape, and if he's really playing as well as he can."

And that's something Richt expects.

"The bigger game, the more excited he gets," Richt said.

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