Todd Gurley finished with 227 all-purpose yards and was also named the College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week.
ATHENS — University of Georgia true freshman tailback Todd Gurley has been named the Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman Player of the Week following his performance versus Buffalo, according to a league announcement on Monday.
Alabama tailback T.J. Yeldon split the honor with Gurley.
Gurley is the first Bulldog to earn this honor in his first collegiate game.
Gurley, a 6-1, 218-pound native of Tarboro, N.C., rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries (12.5 avg.) against the Bulls on Saturday. His second career carry was a 10-yard touchdown run, while his eighth and final carry resulted in a 55-yard touchdown. Gurley became the first Bulldog freshman to go over 100 yards rushing in his season-opening debut since Danny Ware did it against Georgia Southern in 2004.
Gurley also recorded a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which tied the school, SEC and NCAA records and is the fourth return of its kind in Bulldog history.
He finished with 227 all-purpose yards and was named the College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week.
The Bulldogs travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. The game is the SEC opener for both schools and will be televised by ESPN2.
BULLDOGS PRACTICE FOR SEC OPENER: Wide receiver Marlon Brown and cornerback Malcolm Mitchell were limited and offensive tackle John Theus was held out Monday as No. 6 Georgia opened practice for Saturday’s SEC opener at Missouri.
Theus sprained his left ankle in last week’s 45-23 win over Buffalo. Mitchell (sprained left ankle) did not play. Brown missed the game with a left hamstring strain.
Running back Richard Samuel (hip contusion) was limited and offensive guard Watts Dantzler (ankle) did not practice.
Starting tailback Ken Malcome, who left the Buffalo game with a left hand injury, was not listed on the injury report.
SAD NEWS: The mother of Auburn fullback Jay Prosch has died after a battle with cancer.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said that Iris Prosch passed away Monday morning, but had no other details. He said Jay Prosch had returned home to Mobile, and he’s not sure when the player will return.
The Tigers visit Mississippi State on Saturday.
Iris Prosch, who lived in Mobile, was diagnosed with in 2011 with glioblastoma multiforme, a grade 4 cancer. Jay Prosch transferred from Illinois to be closer to his mother and received a hardship waiver from the NCAA to play this season.
The 6-foot 260-pound Jay Prosch started for the Tigers in the opener against Clemson and cleared the way for several long gains as the lead blocker.
“It’s a very, very difficult time for him as you would imagine,” Chizik said. “We’re trying to all be very respectful of the situation.”
Iris Prosch said in an April e-mail to The Associated Press that “there really aren’t words to express how comforting it is” to have her son close to home.