Todd Gurley’s rookie year in the NFL was filled with plenty of ups and downs. The former UGA star fell to No. 10 overall in the draft after tearing his ACL in his final season in Athens, then sat out the first three games as he recovered. But the 21-year-old burst out of the gate when healthy, racking up 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 contests.
And, even though St. Louis limped to a 7-9 record, Gurley’s efforts earned him Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
“It’s definitely been crazy. It flew by so fast,” Gurley told Yahoo.com about his first professional campaign. “I got a chance during the offseason just to appreciate everything that just happened. It’s definitely a blessing from God, and (I’m) just excited for the next season and try to do even better.”
Next year will take the Rams from the Midwest to California. In addition to adjusting to a new home in Los Angeles, Gurley will also adjust to a new quarterback.
The Rams, who recently traded up for the No. 1 overall pick, are said to be targeting University of California’s Jared Goff. While Goff appears to be the presumptive choice, Los Angeles’ top running back doesn’t want to assume what general manager Les Snead will do Thursday night.
“I know (Goff) could go No. 1, he could go No. 2,” Gurley said. “That’s all I know about him.”
With some NFL experience under his belt and a top draft selection joining the mix, Gurley is optimistic about LA’s chances to improve in 2016. With an opportunity to start the franchise’s new era on the right foot and build off his rookie season, he believes the Rams will be ready to contend for the playoffs.
“Last year, were were two or three wins from going to the playoffs,” he said. “We let the Minnesota (game) get away from us, the Baltimore (game) get away from us, the San Fran (game) get away from us. We definitely have to win the big games and the close games in the fourth quarter. … My thing is to go out there every game and give it my all and try to give it my best.”