Setting the Stage
Todd Gurley was a three sport star at Tarboro high school in North Carolina, in football, track and basketball. In his senior season, he had 2,600 yards from scrimmage and scored 38 touchdowns. He was also a sprinter and hurdler, running a 10.7 second 100-meter. He was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and decided to attend the University of Georgia.
Gurley started 12 games in his first season and became only the second true freshman in Georgia history (Herschel Walker was the first) to run for over 1,000 yards, rushing for 1,385 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns. Gurley only played in 11 games as a sophomore rushing for 989 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. After the season, he joined the track team and competed in the 60-meter hurdles. He was suspended for two games his junior year for alleged NCAA violations and following his suspension, tore his ACL in his first game back. He had his best rushing average at 7.4 ypc, but only totaled 911 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns in only six games. After the season, Gurley declared for the 2015 NFL Draft.
His rehab from the late season ACL prevented him from participating in the NFL Combine, but he was still drafted by the Rams with the 10th overall pick and was the first running back selected. His recovery limited him for the entire pre-season and he did not play until the team’s third game, where he only played sparingly. He started in week four and began a streak of five straight games where he had over 100 yards from scrimmage. He totaled 738 yards over those five games on 124 touches. He had a couple of tough game against Cincinnati and Arizona in the second half of the season, where he was held to only 60 yards rushing on 18 total carries.
The following table provides his game by game statistics for his rookie season.