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Georgia RB Todd Gurley heads into huge opening game against Clemson looking to stay healthy

  • FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, Clemson's coach Dabo Swinney, left, greets Georgia's head coach Mark Richt before the start of an NCAA college football game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Swinney believes his players can absorb the late losses of running back Zac Brooks to a foot injury and offensive lineman Shaq Anthony deciding to transfer for more playing time. The 16th-ranked Tigers don't have much choice since they open at No. 12 Georgia on Saturday. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, Clemson's coach Dabo Swinney, left, greets Georgia's head coach Mark Richt before the start of an NCAA college football game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Swinney believes his players can absorb the late losses of running back Zac Brooks to a foot injury and offensive lineman Shaq Anthony deciding to transfer for more playing time. The 16th-ranked Tigers don't have much choice since they open at No. 12 Georgia on Saturday. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2013, file photo, Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) is hit by LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter (94) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. When Hunter decided this summer that he would start trusting his instincts and stop overthinking things, he got off the snap quicker and began making life exceedingly difficult for Tigers offensive linemen in practice. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2013, file photo, Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) is hit by LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter (94) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. When Hunter decided this summer that he would start trusting his instincts and stop overthinking things, he got off the snap quicker and began making life exceedingly difficult for Tigers offensive linemen in practice. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Nov. 14, 2013, photo, Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt rushes for a touchdown against Georgia Tech during an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C. "According to some of the guys, we're not going to get a first down,” said Stoudt, who has the tough job of replacing three-year starter Tajh Boyd. “I think people are going to be shocked by what we're going to do,” he added. “People are underestimating what we have, looking at all the negatives instead of the positives we have.” (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

    In this Nov. 14, 2013, photo, Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt rushes for a touchdown against Georgia Tech during an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C. "According to some of the guys, we're not going to get a first down,” said Stoudt, who has the tough job of replacing three-year starter Tajh Boyd. “I think people are going to be shocked by what we're going to do,” he added. “People are underestimating what we have, looking at all the negatives instead of the positives we have.” (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)  (The Associated Press)

For Todd Gurley, the key to avoiding another injury marred season is simple: "Just run harder."

Georgia's dynamic running back will be on display in one of the biggest games of the opening weekend, leading the No. 12 Bulldogs against 16th-ranked Clemson.

A year ago, the Tigers knocked off Georgia 38-35 in the opener. Gurley ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns, but knows it could have been so much more.

In the middle of a 75-yard touchdown run on his second touch of the game, he pulled his quadriceps trying to avoid a tackler. He wound up with only 12 carries.

Assuming Gurley is healthy, Clemson will have its hands full trying to stop Georgia's running game. The Bulldogs also have Keith Marshall and a couple of touted freshmen.