ATHENS, Ga. (UGA/WRCB) -- 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.
Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner won the league's Defensive Player of the Week honors, while South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore was the Offensive Player of the Week.
Tennessee's Zach Fulton received the Lineman of the Week award.
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. 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 versus Georgia Southern in 2004.
Gurley also recorded a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his collegiate debut. This ties 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. ET. This is the SEC opener for both schools. The game will be televised by ESPN2.
Information provided by UGA Sports Media Relations and GeorgiaDogs.com.
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