Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) runs past Clemson Tigers safety Jadar Johnson (18) after scoring a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)
Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley and senior inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera have been awarded Southeastern Conference weekly honors following the Bulldogs’ 45-21 win over #16 Clemson, according to a league announcement on Monday.
Gurley split the Offensive Player of the Week honor with Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill while Herrera was named the Defensive Player of the Week. This is Gurley’s second award of this kind and the first for Herrera.
Gurley was also named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday for his performance.
Gurley, a Tarboro, N.C., finished with a school record 293 all-purpose yards (former record 290, Rodney Hampton, 1987) and scored four touchdowns to help down the Tigers 45-21. He finished with his 14th career 100-yard rushing game after going for a career-high 198 yards and three scores on just 15 carries (13.2 average). His final carry was a 51-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
Gurley also tied an NCAA record by returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. This marked his second career 100-yard return for a score after he returned one against Buffalo during his first game as a Bulldog.
Herrera, an Atlanta, Ga., native, tied his career high and posted his ninth career game with 10-plus tackles after recording 12 stops. His performance included two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Herrera anchored a defense that held the Tigers scoreless in the second half and to just 15 yards of total offense in the final two quarters.
Herrera led a defense that featured a new defensive coaching staff and three new starters in their first game together.
Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC) has a bye week before traveling to Columbia, S.C., to face South Carolina (0-1, 0-1) on Sept. 13. CBS will televise the game at 3:30 p.m.