The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 4, 2013

Injury leaves Gurley in limbo

By VAN HOLLAND
Sports Correspondent

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia Bulldogs star Todd Gurley's status for Saturday's game against Tennessee is up in the air and No. 3 possibly won't take the field with the first team offense. The 6-foot-1-inch sophomore warmed up before Georgia's practice Wednesday in an effort to try the left ankle out for the first time this week since suffering an injury against LSU Saturday in the Bulldogs 44-41 victory. But the sprained left ankle hadn't healed to the point that Gurley was able to participate in any type of the drills or practice formations.

"It's still just day to day," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "He tried a little bit in the indoor practice room and he couldn't go."

Gurley suffered the injury on a 23-yard run early in the second quarter. LSU TIger safety Craig Loston was in the process of tackling Gurley at the end of the run out of bounds when Gurley rolled his left ankle awkwardly. He stayed down for a few seconds, but got up on his own and was able to jog gingerly to the Bulldogs'  sideline where he remained the rest of the game.

Gurley was on the Bulldogs sideline in the second half with a windbreaker on and was wearing a walking boot.

Before suffering the injury, he had eight carries for 73 yards. So far this season, Gurley has rushed for 450 yards, which is 21st in the nation, on 71 touches and has scored four touchdowns. Gurley is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and rushing for 112.5 yards per game. He has five catches for 42 yards and has caught a TD.

After practice Wednesday, Richt said there is no deadline for Gurley to return to practice in order for him to play Saturday in the Southeastern Conference showdown.

Gurley has started 16 games since working his way into the lineup for the Bulldogs. The sophomore has enough knowledge about the Bulldogs offensive schemes that he can step in on short notice to play Saturday if his ankle improves by then.

"He was supposed to be on crutches," Richt said. "But I looked out the window and watched him walking with his crutches over his shoulder, so I don't know if that's a tell-tale sign. Hopefully it won't be too long."

If Gurley can't go, Georgia will look to Gurley's roommate and sophomore Keith Marshall to fill the void. Freshmen Brendan Douglas and J.J. Green could also see some action as well. Richt has faith in Marshall, because he inserted him Saturday after Gurley went down with the injury and gave Marshall the ball 20 times, which is a career high, and he rushed for 96 yards.

"When you have got great players playing great, that gives your team more confidence," Richt said. "But we've got some other really good players that'll try to prove they're great ones too."

Gurley wasn't the only starter to miss practice Wednesday, Freshman safety Tray Matthews tweaked his hamstring in Tuesday's practice. He is fourth on the team with 20 tackles and has the Bulldogs only interception this season.

(The Associated Press Contributed to this story)