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Georgia running back Todd Gurley downplays Heisman hype

Georgia running back Todd Gurley totaled 1,430 yards from scrimmage last season.
Georgia running back Todd Gurley totaled 1,430 yards from scrimmage last season. The Associated Press

A common lament at the 2014 SEC Media Days is the lack of star power.

Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney highlighted the player roster last summer, but there’s no players with the same megawatt persona this year.

Still, if the SEC has a front-runner for Heisman Trophy consideration, it’s probably Georgia running back Todd Gurley.

Gurley totaled 1,430 yards from scrimmage — 989 rushing and 441 receiving — with 16 touchdowns in 10 games before a knee injury ended his sophomore season.

“Todd is the best running back in the nation,” Bulldogs linebacker Ramik Wilson said Thursday. “You can ask anybody that and they will agree with it. He works hard and gives us a great practice. He’s probably the best running back I know, the strongest and the biggest.”

Just don’t tell Gurley is a Heisman candidate.

“I’m not really too big on it,” Gurley said. “People say it a lot, but it’s not the thing I’m going after. I feel like the Heisman is a team award. You could be a great player, but if your team’s not winning, you’re not going to get the award.”

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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