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Georgia RB Gurley limited in spring, but OC Bobo wants more


Georgia is a bit of an interesting team heading in to the spring practice season in Athens. The Bulldogs have been one of the top programs in the SEC East the last few years, and although they appear to be losing some key players and have to break in a new starting quarterback, nobody should be surprised if Mark Richt puts together a team worthy of a SEC run in the fall. Having a healthy running back will be key for the Bulldogs, so all eyes are on Todd Gurley.

“Well right now, Todd Gurley has still been bothered by the injury that he had, so I really don’t know what to expect from Todd in the spring,” Richt said when asked about Gurley’s status this spring. “My guess is that unless he’s completely healed by March 18, there will be some modification to what he’s doing.”

Gurley will be limited for much of the spring, if not all of it. Keeping him healthy is more important than rushing him back for spring practices, even if it means falling behind the pace in getting accustomed to an offense with a new starting quarterback. Fortunately, there is little for Gurley to prove this spring. When healthy, he is one fo the best running backs in the SEC, if not the nation.

Gurley was on he brink of a 1,000-yard season despite battling injuries at various points of the year. Gurley played in 10 games and rushed for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns. He will be the team’s leading rusher returning in 2014 and could be the top offensive player on the roster.

While Richt may not feel a need to get Gurley involved in spring practices, his offensive coordinator is singing a slightly more demanding tune.

“I believe he’s at the point in his career, as a third-year guy, he’s got to step up and be a leader for this football team,” Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Wednesday. He’s not a big talker but he can step up and be a leader by how he practices and that’s what I’m looking for this spring.”

Should Gurley push it now? Considering the way last season unraveled for the Bulldogs, it may be best to scale things back for now. We know what Gurley can do. There is nothing to prove now.

Hokies QB Brewer a gametime decision, but RB Williams out for the year

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Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.

Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.

The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.

Mike Leach discusses presidential candidates, political correctness, pizza and says WSU has better facilities than Oregon

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wherever and whenever Washington State head coach Mike Leach opens his mouth, we will be listening. In a recent radio interview with John Canzano, Leach shared his thoughts on the presidential races heating up, the need to remove political correctness and the superior athletics facilities at Washington State compared to what is offered at Oregon.

Leach offered his take on the current status of the GOP race, saying if Donald Trump continues to rise that some other candidates will soon back out and others will “kiss the ring and hope for cabinet positions.”

I think honestly the single biggest issue in this election and country for quite some time is you have to eradicate political correctness. Unless it’s eradicated, you know, we can’t move forward.”

On the topic of football, Leach was asked what has held Washington State back from becoming a winning program. Leach reflected on the steps the program has taken to improve the program, which has seen improvements with facilities that have helped through recruiting, although Leach said it’s been tough because acquiring the talent has been a slow process. He was quite proud of Washington State’s facilities though.

“We have the best facilities in America, certainly within the conference, including Oregon,” Leach said. “We’ve had those for a year that helped accelerate the recruiting effort.”

Given a chance to back peddle from that statement, Leach, as you might expect, did not rescind or amend his previous comments.

You can listen to the full interview here. It is a good listen. He also wants to know where the best pizza place in Portland, Oregon is. You will learn he likes New York style pizza.