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Richt: Todd Gurley ‘real close’ to returning

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Injury-riddled Georgia finally got a bit of good news on Sunday when head coach Mark Richt said that injured running back Todd Gurley was ‘real close’ to returning.

Gurley has been out for the past two-and-a-half games after incurring a high ankle sprain in the first half against LSU. Prior to his injury, Gurley was averaging 125 yards per game and had established himself as perhaps the nation’s best running back.

After he went out, the Bulldogs turned to his oft-used backup, Keith Marshall, who promptly tore his ACL against Tennessee.

In his stead, freshman J.J. Green has performed admirably, averaging 108 yards the last two games.

But getting Gurley back would be a huge boon to the Georgia offense, which is also laboring without two of its top three receivers. Having a healthy Gurley in the backfield would take some of the pressure off Aaron Murray and give the Bulldogs another playmaker in the last half of the season.

With Missouri’s James Franklin out for an extended period of time, the SEC East could come down to which team can get the right combination of players back for the stretch run. Mizzou is about to face Florida and South Carolina with a young quarterback, so Gurley might be just what Georgia needs to get back to the SEC title game.

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11 Responses to “Richt: Todd Gurley ‘real close’ to returning”
  1. thegamecocker says: Oct 13, 2013 9:34 PM

    High ankle sprains do not recuperate quickly. It takes a few months for a complete recovery. Georgia plays all their tough games within the confines of Sanford Stadium. Auburn has to come to Athens and here is hoping the Gators take down the Bulldawgs in Jacsonville. It appears South Carolina is now comin on based on our 52-7 destruction of Arkansas in “Fayettenam”. Those A-Holes had the audacity of making SC their Homecoming Game: hey HOGS: 52-7! Whew
    Pig Sooey my arse!

  2. woebegong says: Oct 13, 2013 9:41 PM

    UGA will have one of their top three receivers back for the Florida game, and hopefully Gurley will be at full speed then. Hopefully, maybe even the defensive secondary will have it’s act together by then. Gamecocker, the only way you see Atlanta is if UGA loses another SEC game, and I think the road ahead is a little easier for the DAWGS from here on out. You all should be able to handle Missouri easily now, that their QB was hurt in their game against us.

  3. microbrewuga says: Oct 13, 2013 10:05 PM

    Being a UGA fan, I’m torn between wanting to win out, but knowing if we ever have to play Oregon, we could easily allow 70 points. We have GOT to get this defense fixed to have any serious thoughts about a championship of any kind.

  4. dawgs105 says: Oct 13, 2013 10:14 PM

    @microbrewuga
    Our National Championship hopes are gone. Only championship we can play for now is SEC. And I’m torn between wanting UGA to win the SEC and the SEC to win their 8th National Championship. But in the end I’m a Dawgs fan so go Dawgs!

  5. mcjon22 says: Oct 14, 2013 12:06 AM

    Might as well rest him up for the Outback bowl

  6. davidjcu says: Oct 14, 2013 2:53 AM

    @dawgs105
    Really you’re torn wanting UGA to win the SEC vs, the SEC winning another title. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Real fans always want their team to win, period.

  7. thegamecocker says: Oct 14, 2013 10:13 AM

    I feel bad for Georgia because us Gamecock fans know what its like to lose your start running back like when Marcus went down two years in a row. What boggles my mind though is this: Georgia has recruited incredibly well the past three years and there are many 4 and 5 star talent on that roster. I honestly thought Mizzou would not be that difficult for y’all to overcome despite their 5-0 record coming in. South Carolina could lose on the road to either Tenn or Mizzou and hopefully the Head Ball Coach will see how tough Mizzou can be. Nobody waltzes into Sanford Stadium and takes down the Dawgs without a hell of a fight. Just seems that even without Gurley and Marshall Georgia could have won that game.

  8. woebegong says: Oct 14, 2013 10:30 AM

    Actually, the running game was sufficient to keep the game close. Losing three out of the four top receivers killed UGA, along with a rookie defensive backfield that has been slow to catch on to the speed of the college game. The secondary has also used poor techniques in tackling, but that seems to have been a problem with the whole defense. I think the DC needs to really stress fundamentals and practice them a lot during this week. The secondary is fast, but usually out of position, and I think a little short in stature I.E. Wiggins. He is all of 5’10” and he is trying to defend against receivers as tall as 6’5″, and they simply out jump and muscle him. Maybe we will get our one DB back from a hamstring injury soon and possibly that will help some.

  9. dhardy8207 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:58 AM

    Mark Richt needs to be cautious about playing Gurley before he’s ready, and not take Gurley’s word that he’s ready because playing to early on that ankle could lead to a more severe injury. If he played any other position there might be some wiggle room for that, but with all the running, cutting and stress on that ankle he needs to get a physician to confirm he’s ready to play.

    Any player is going to want to get back as soon as possible to assist the team, but going back to quickly could spell absolute disaster later in the season if that ankle isn’t 100% and he re-injures it….

  10. mrtreyseven says: Oct 15, 2013 10:00 AM

    we can win out….and boo to the dude saying we would give up 70 to Oregon…I’m sure if we can run the last 7 some odd minutes off the clock against SC I’m sure we could keep that offense on the sideline….we are playing for the SEC rite now, Florida and SC will beat Mizz we will beat Florida…that’s the only game that matters right now…had the toughest schedule in the SEC don’t think we are doing to bad considering every team we played but 1 were ranked

  11. thegamecocker says: Oct 15, 2013 10:41 AM

    @mrtreyseven

    Don’t take Auburn lightly. Your schedule this season was tough, no doubt about that. But it was not as tough as South Carolina’s last season when we had to play LSU in Baton Rouge and Florida in Gainesville. Georgia played LSU at home; played SC at home; even play Mizzou at home! You play Auburn at Jordan-Hare……that game will be interesting. SC is picked by 7.5 over Tenn this weekend and we play them in Knoxville. As you will remember, the Dawg had a tough time with them and I’m expecting more of the same from them this weekend. The entire league is getting better based on 8 SEC teams in the Top 25. Incredible!!

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