A day after Georgia’s second preseason scrimmage, coaches didn’t reveal any changes to the tailback pecking order.
“We’ll let you know when we decide to let you know,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said after Thursday’s closed two-hour practice. “I’m not trying to be rude, but I’m not telling anybody that right now.”
Freshman Todd Gurley has led Georgia in rushing in each of the scrimmages. He ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries on Wednesday.
“The power and the speed has surprised me,” Bobo said. “You never know until they get here. …I knew he was physical, but the speed along with his physicality has been impressive.”
Redshirt sophomore Ken Malcome, redshirt senior Richard Samuel and freshman Keith Marshall are all in the plans to play, running backs coach Bryan McClendon reiterated.
“Those guys are pretty much going to hash it out themselves,” McClendon said.
Gurley has something that highly touted freshman Isaiah Crowell, dismissed this summer, didn’t last year, according to McClendon.
“The thing is I do think we have a lot more depth,” he said. “He doesn’t have to carry the entire load, so to speak. You’ve got guys that can go in there and there’s no drop-off to their play, which is really exciting. That alone makes the situation entirely different than what we were last year. As much as we like it or not, there was a significant difference between our first and second unit last year at that position. This year there’s not.”
McClendon said that Marshall, who had 62 yards, had some good runs and that Malcome, even with the fewest yards with 35, was “one of the best one of them out there.”
McClendon didn’t dismiss the notion that the older tailbacks — Malcolme and Samuel — could get the first shot in the Sept. 1 opener against Buffalo.
“That may be the case,” he said.