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UGA RB Todd Gurley pays tribute to father with jersey change


It took a year to bring John Meshad around, but Georgia running back Todd Gurley finally got his way.

Being a 1,000-yard rusher as a freshman, apparently, is good for some pull with the equipment manager. Meshad, who handles the Bulldogs' equipment needs, declined a request from Gurley last year to add Roman numerals II to the end of his name on the back of his jersey as a means of honoring his father by the same name.

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But when Gurley came back this year with the same idea, Meshad relented.

"He was like, 'Man, if I do it for you then I'm going to have to do it for the whole team,'" Gurley said, according to "I was like, 'I feel like I deserved it from last year.' So he was like, 'Alright, I got you.'"

So when Gurley ran through and around the highly-regarded South Carolina defense Saturday for 132 yards, he did it as Todd Gurley II. After an idle week for Georgia, North Texas visits UGA on Sept. 21 to try to tackle one of the most talented II's in the college game.

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