Data Scout Notes: 2014: 11-15-14 - Knee INJ, Out for 2014/DS #1 Jr RB, #11/1000 Overall, Projected Round 1 in 2015 NFL Draft...10-29-14 - Suspended 4 Games by NCAA/Improper benefits...PWCamp/PMaxwell/PDoak...#07/20Feldman2014FreakList/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang/P1stM...2013: NAC/2ndM...P1stC/P1stM/PWCamp/PDoak/PMaxwell/TSX-PTW...2012: 2ndC/1stM/ARTC
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12/30/14 - Georgia's Mark Richt: RB Todd Gurley will enter NFL Draft...To no one's surprise, running back Todd Gurley will forgo his senior season at Georgia and enter the 2015 NFL Draft, coach Mark Richt confirmed Friday. "He'll be moving on," Richt said. Gurley positioned himself as a 2014 Heisman Trophy candidate with a string of explosive early-season performances before he was suspended four games for accepting improper benefits from autograph brokers. In his first game after returning from suspension, Gurley tore his ACL and was lost for the season.
Despite only appearing in six games, Gurley still rushed for 911 yards in 2014, averaging 7.4 yards per carry on the season. For his three-season career in Athens, Gurley collected 3,285 yards on a 6.4 yards-per-carry average, rushing for 36 touchdowns. He added to his overall line 615 receiving yards, six receiving touchdowns and two kickoff return touchdowns. Even following his ACL injury, Gurley is still projected as one of the top two tailbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft, alongside Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
11/17/14 - Georgia recently raised Todd Gurley's insurance to $10 million...The fact that Todd Gurley's season, and likely his college career, came to an end on Saturday due to a torn ACL sucks. There's no other way to put it. There is a silver lining, however. According to a report from ESPN.com, Georgia recently upped Gurley's insurance policy to $10 million. $5 million of that policy is in place for total disability, meaning that if Gurley were to get hurt and never be able to play again, he'd still be insured for $5 million. The other part of the policy included $5 million to protect against loss of value in case Gurley was injured and fell in the NFL Draft because of it.
This is good news for Gurley. He had been projected to be a first-round NFL Draft pick next spring, even though NFL teams are taking running backs in the first round a lot less often than they used to. Now, with a torn ACL and no set timetable for when Gurley will be able to return to the field, odds are he won't be taken in the first round of the draft. That's a large loss of money in Gurley's first professional contract, but with this insurance policy Gurley can limit the financial loss if he falls out of the first round. If he goes entirely undrafted - which is not likely - he'd receive the entire $5 million. So while Gurley is no doubt hurting right now - physically and emotionally - he can at least take solace in the fact he has a financial cushion to rely on thanks to Georgia. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
11/16/14 - Todd Gurley returned with quite a splash, streaking the length of the field the first time he touched the ball. He was a lot slower leaving Sanford Stadium, hobbling out with a sore left knee. Gurley's injury marred an otherwise brilliant performance by No. 16 Georgia, which unleashed a dynamic 1-2 punch in the backfield and dominated defensively to beat No. 9 Auburn 34-7 on Saturday. Freshman Nick Chubb, who filled in so well while Gurley served a four-game suspension for violating NCAA rules, kept up his strong play with 144 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Gurley had a season-high 29 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown in his first game since Oct. 4, though his most spectacular play - a 105-yard kickoff return on Georgia's opening possession - was wiped out by a penalty.
"Todd was back. You just give him the ball," offensive guard Greg Pyke said. "Once he gets tired, Nick comes in. It's amazing to have those two guys back there." Will it last? Gurley was injured with just over 5 minutes remaining on a 6-yard run, staying on the turf for several minutes while the trainers checked him out. He was able to limp to the sideline, where his knee was iced down. He headed to the locker room while Georgia was running out the clock and left the stadium on a cart without speaking to reporters. Coach Mark Richt said he wasn't sure about the extent of the injury. "I think he'll be all right," Chubb said hopefully. - AP Sports
11/16/14 - Georgia tailback Todd Gurley is out for the season after injuring his left knee this weekend, possibly ending his college career in the latest setback of a year that began with HeismanTrophy hopes. The school announced the injury Sunday. Surgery will be scheduled to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Gurley was hurt in the final minutes of a 34-7 win over then-No. 9 Auburn on Saturday night. He ran for 138 yards and a touchdown, and helped the Bulldogs moved up to ninth in the latest rankings. Before the injury, Gurley passed Garrison Hearst for second place on Georgia's career list with 3,285 yards rushing. Herschel Walker has the record with 5,259 yards from 1980-82.
Gurley opened the game with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but a holding penalty wiped out the play. There has been much speculation Gurley, a junior, plans to enter the NFL draft following this season. Gurley was considered a leading Heisman Trophy candidate before receiving a four-game NCAA suspension for taking $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. He returned from the suspension for Saturday's game. Gurley was injured with just over 5 minutes remaining on a 6-yard run. He remained on the turf for several minutes while he was examined by trainers. He limped to the sideline, where his knee was iced down. - AP Sports
11/16/14 - Georgia RB Gurley done for season...Georgia running back Todd Gurley is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Gurley left Saturday's 34-7 victory over Auburn with a knee injury on his final carry of the game. Georgia feared the injury was a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which was confirmed by medical personnel Sunday. "An MRI performed Sunday on University of Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley confirmed a torn ACL," the school announced. "The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Saturday's victory over Auburn. A surgery date has not yet been determined according to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson."
On his final carry -- which went for 11 yards -- Gurley limped off the field, in obvious pain but under his own power. That gave him 138 yards on 29 carries in his first game back after being suspended by the NCAA for four games for accepting money for autographs. Gurley energized the Bulldog crowd the first time he touched the ball, racing 105 yards on a kickoff return. The touchdown was called back on a holding penalty, but Gurley served notice that he was back and determined to make up for lost time. - The Sports Xchange