Having to sit out the past four games due to NCAA suspension, Georgia’s Todd Gurley might not garner votes for the Heisman Trophy anymore. But he received more than a few in this past week’s political elections in Athens and surrounding areas.
According to a report by The Athens Banner-Herald, Gurley received a total of 27 votes in local elections last week, including one for attorney general and five for the uncontested Republican state senate seat currently held by Bill Cowsert.
Gurley also received five votes for a Georgia Public Service Commission seat; three votes for the uncontested state Senate seat occupied by Danielsville Republican Frank Ginn; two votes for the uncontested state House seat occupied by Athens Democrat Spencer Frye; three votes in the uncontested race for ACC solicitor general; and three votes for supervisor of the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District, the newspaper reported. Gurley also received votes in Oconee and Jackson county elections.
Gurley, a star tailback for the Bulldogs, has been suspended since Oct. 9 for accepting money for signing sports collectible merchandise, a violation of NCAA rules regarding amateurism. Gurley was considered the Heisman Tropy front-runner at the time of suspension based on weekly polls. Gurley’s suspension ends Saturday when UGA plays host to Auburn University.