Considering the play of freshman running back Nick Chubb over Georgia’s last two games, the only thing suffering from Todd Gurley‘s relegation into NCAA limbo is his Heisman Trophy chances. Though Chubb has compiled 68 rushes for 365 yards and three touchdowns in No. 9 Georgia’s defeats of Missouri and Arkansas, the Bulldogs would still like Gurley back in action as fast as possible.
In his Sunday night teleconference, Georgia head coach Mark Richt offered an update that was really more of a non-update.
“We’re just waiting for a response. We don’t really know what to expect,” Richt told the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph. “We’re practicing hard, just keep preparing for the game. But we really don’t know. We’ll just wait and see.”
Gurley isn’t the only Georgia runner out. He has plenty of company. Freshman Sony Michel hasn’t played since leaving the Sept. 27 Tennessee game early with a shoulder injury. Michel underwent a scan this week that should bring some clarity to his situation.
“The (scan) will be coming back pretty quick that will give an idea of how far along he is in terms of the healing process,” Richt said. “If he feels great and the bone’s healed, I think he’d have a pretty good shot of competing this week.”
But wait, there’s more! Keith Marshall is also hoping to return from dueling knee and ankle injuries suffered in the Bulldogs’ win over Troy on Sept. 20.
“He keeps progressing,”Richt said. “Hopefully he’ll be even better this week.”
Georgia faces Florida Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. (3:30 p.m. ET on CBS).