30 Jan 2019, 04:36 IST
ATLANTA (AP) — Todd Gurley says he usually communicated with two different former Georgia working backs, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, in the course of the 2018 season.
Now that Gurley and Michel are having a Tremendous Bowl reunion because the main rushers for the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, respectively, that dialog is on maintain. Gurley says he is making an attempt to keep away from speaking with Michel, his 2014 Georgia teammate, this week.
No less than indirectly.
Surrounded by reporters on Tuesday, Gurley took a number of good-natured verbal jabs at Michel.
“I keep in mind when he first got here in, he could not run and catch,” Gurley stated of Michel’s freshman season at Georgia. “I needed to train him the way to do all that stuff.”
Gurley taught Michel?
“Yeah, I did,” he stated. “Hopefully every little thing I taught him, he does not do it and he simply performs like he used to play earlier than I taught him every little thing.”
Michel on Monday described Gurley as a “huge brother” at Georgia and stated “it is fairly cool” the 2 will share the highlight on Sunday.
“It is simply extra wonderful that it is the Tremendous Bowl,” Michel stated.
“We performed on the identical staff, and I’ve seen him develop all through the years. He labored for every little thing he obtained, and I am excited for him.”
Michel and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb had productive rookie seasons to hitch Gurley within the league and strengthen Georgia’s bragging rights to be the nation’s “RBU” — the highest college for working backs. It has been a much-repeated declare since Herschel Walker received the Heisman Trophy for the Bulldogs in 1982 and was adopted by such backs as Garrison Hearst, Rodney Hampton, Robert Edwards and Knowshon Moreno.
Gurley stated Georgia has been RBU “since I left.” Chubb, Michel, Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift have had 1,000-yard seasons. Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, is coming into this 12 months’s NFL draft as a junior.
Requested what makes Georgia completely different than different colleges with multiple NFL working again, Gurley stated “as a result of we’re taking part in within the Tremendous Bowl and no one else is.”
Every working again has assist.
The Rams boast a one-two punch with Gurley and C.J. Anderson. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady additionally may give the ball to James White and Rex Burkhead.
Patriots heart David Andrews, one other former Georgia participant, stated he enjoys seeing the Bulldogs’ tailback custom getting consideration.
“Any publicity Georgia will get, I respect and I like,” Andrews stated.
Gurley was one of many NFL’s best gamers this season. He led the league with 21 whole touchdowns and ranked third with 1,251 yards speeding. He additionally had 59 catches as he flourished as a runner and receiver for the second straight 12 months in coach Sean McVay’s offense .
Chubb ranked 10th with 996 yards and Michel was 15th with 931 yards within the common season. One other former Georgia participant, Isaiah Crowell, led the Jets in speeding following 4 seasons with Cleveland.
Michel is the league’s high postseason rusher with 242 yards speeding and 5 touchdowns. That features 129 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Chargers.
Gurley had solely 4 carries for 10 yards within the Rams’ NFC championship recreation win over New Orleans. Though he ran for 115 yards within the Rams’ playoff win over Dallas, the quiet displaying towards the Saints made many observers surprise if Gurley was nonetheless bothered by a knee damage that induced him to overlook the ultimate two video games of the common season.
He insisted his well being will not be a difficulty.
“I really feel good,” Gurley stated Tuesday.
McVay predicted Gurley “goes to be an enormous half” of the Tremendous Bowl recreation plan.
“I feel a big a part of particularly while you discuss final week’s recreation was the play choice,” McVay stated Tuesday. “I’ve obtained to do a a lot better job for Todd to get him alternatives to get going.”
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