Georgia coach Mark Richt had gently suggested as much at offseason meetings and guest appearances. Now tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall -- previously known collectively as "Gurshall" -- have emhatically closed the book on that nickname.
For the first time since bursting on the scene as freshmen last fall and earning that monicker in deference to legendary Georgia runner Herschel Walker we found out from the two players they never liked being called that.
"I don't like it at all," Gurley told reporters covering UGA's first preseason practice Thursday. "I just don't.
Said Marshall: "Football-wise it doesn't bother me. But I don't really like being called (Gurshall) outside of that."
It was a novel idea. Splitting time at tailback as true freshmen last season, the two athletes combined to actually out-rushed the Walker, who rushed for a record 1,616 yards and 15 touchdowns as a freshman in 1980. Together, Gurley and Marshall rushed for 2,144 yards and 25 touchdowns last year. Gurley accounted for 1,385 of that.
It didn't hurt that Gurley wears the No. 3 and Marshall 4. So when they're standing nest to each other in the right order, it they formed the number of Walker's retired jersey, No. 34.
As the nickname gained momentum, Gurley and Marshall found themselves often being called Gurshall individually.
"Sometimes I'll be out somewhere and someone will be like: 'What's up Gurshall?'" Marshall said. "That's not my name."
So there you have it. If all goes well for the Bulldogs, they'll be making a name for themselves this season.