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September 6, 2012

Give the Guy Some Rest...

There's some talk regarding Todd Gurley's role increasing significantly in Georgia's backfield this Saturday at Missouri.  I even heard a couple of guys in the media both declare that the freshman should get at least 20 carries against the Tigers. 
 
Hearing the chatter reminded me of another Bulldog true freshman who, exactly 32 years ago today, also appeared on the road at night in front of a hostile SEC crowd and carried the load, so to speak.  It's hard to believe that it has been that long ago since the "Goal Line Stalker" made his debut in front of 95,288 in Knoxville...
 
It's also difficult to comprehend conservative Coach Vince Dooley calling for an 18-year-old true freshman to tote the ball 24 times (for 84 hard-earned yards and two spectacular touchdowns), and, remarkably, every one of the carries came in the final 2½ quarters of the contest!  As the legendary Larry Munson insisted following Herschel's second touchdown, "give the guy some rest!"
 
Simply put, Herschel was just that special and different from any ordinary freshman, and it was undoubtedly evident the first time he donned the silver, um, red britches.  You can see for yourself...  

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