“He’s the next Herschel Walker.”

That’s an infamous phrase that’s been uttered by Georgia fans over the past 30 years or has been uttered about Georgia fans during that time frame, mocking their surety that another Herschel Walker is guaranteed in Athens. Walker took college football by storm as a freshman in 1980 — with the help of the late announcer Larry Munson’s narratives (“My God, a freshman!”) — leading Georgia to the national championship. Ever since his record-breaking career, which concluded with the 1982 Heisman Trophy, Bulldogs fans have been clamoring for a repeat.

But that isn’t going to happen because, quite simply, there isn’t another Herschel Walker.

Tim Worley runs away from Florida defenders in 1985.

However, Georgia’s been the beneficiary of an excellent line of running backs who followed Walker. Two of those were Lumberton, N.C.’s Tim Worley and Cartersville, Ga.’s Keith Henderson, who were freshmen in 1985. Stacked a year behind sophomore running back Lars Tate, the two freshmen were much anticipated by Bulldogs fans after the dismissal of running back Andre “Pulpwood” Smith, a highly touted flash-in-the-pan. They didn’t disappoint, pairing up to down #1 Florida 24-3 as both ran for over 100 yards.

Like Tim Worley, Georgia returned to the state of North Carolina this year to grab freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Like both Worley and Henderson, they sit a year behind a sophomore running back in Ken Malcome and are also being counted on to replace a dismissed player, Isaiah Crowell.

Todd Gurley faces his first test Saturday night. (Credit: Kevin Liles, US Presswire)

Their first test is Saturday night at 7:45 pm EDT in Columbia, Mo. against the newcomer Missouri Tigers.

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