Georgia has a believer in Vandy's Franklin

Count Vanderbilt coach James Franklin as a believer in No. 5-ranked Georgia.

The Bulldogs hammered the Commodores 48-3 last week, and Franklin said Wednesday it was hard not to be impressed with Georgia’s mix of firepower and muscle.

“They’re probably one of the most balanced teams we have played here in the last two years,” Franklin said. “They can run for power. They can throw with timing and precision. They make big plays, but just the way they’re able to come off the ball with the size of that offensive line and the size of those running backs, and the same thing with the tight end position … they’re going to be a pretty good challenge for people.

“I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years now, and I thought that was as impressive of an offense as I’ve seen in terms of a veteran quarterback, physical offensive line, physical running backs and speed on the perimeter as well as size.”

The Bulldogs have scored at least 40 points in all four of their games this season, and the freshman running back duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall has added another dimension to that offense.

Franklin said the guy who stood out to him was Gurley, who’s rushed for 406 yards and is averaging 9.2 yards per carry.

“Just how powerful he is and how big his legs are,” Franklin said. “They list him at 220. I’d be surprised if he’s 220. I think he’s 230. He’s a big, strong, physical downhill runner, and again, he’s playing with a lot of confidence right now and playing behind a pretty good offensive line.”