Georgia coach Mark Richt looked out onto the practice field on Monday to see Todd Gurley walking around on his sprained left ankle.
‚ÄúI watched him walking with his crutches over his shoulder, if that‚Äôs a telltale sign,‚Äù Richt said Tuesday. ‚ÄúHopefully, it won‚Äôt be too long.‚Äù
Richt said Tuesday that ‚Äúday-to-day‚Äù is just the best way to describe Gurley‚Äôs injury status
The sophomore running back, who was not at practice on Tuesday, left Georgia‚Äôs game against LSU during the second quarter after rolling his ankle while getting tackled out of bounds.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs getting treatment as often as he can get it and still go to class,‚Äù Richt said. ‚Äú‚Ä¶ You don‚Äôt know how fast a guy will heal and how fast the swelling will go down.‚Äù
Richt said Keith Marshall, who finished with 97 yards against LSU, is ‚Äúvery capable‚Äù of being the Bulldogs‚Äô feature back, taking 15-20 carries a game. He also mentioned rotating in freshman J.J. Green as well as Brendon Douglas, whose first collegiate carry was a 17-yard gain against South Carolina.
‚ÄúIf Todd is not able to go, we can count on those three and then we got to figure out what to do in the fourth position,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had [Kyle] Karempelis play before. We‚Äôve had [Brandon] Harton play before. A.J. Turman has been kind of moving towards a redshirt and we‚Äôre not sure exactly what‚Äôll happen there, but I don‚Äôt think this is going to be a long-term enough situation where we start grabbing a guy out of his redshirt.‚Äù
Wide receiver Chris Conley said the offense views Marshall, who has rushed for 213 yards on 51 carries and a touchdown this season, as a starter right alongside Gurley, who is third in the Southeastern Conference with 112.5 rushing yards per game.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs awesome to have a back like that, especially one who‚Äôs considered, in quotation marks, back-up,‚Äù Conley said. ‚Äú‚Ä¶ It‚Äôs good to have good back who can play like that.‚Äù
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said he has noticed Green and Douglas are a bit more focused this week with Gurley missing the first two days of practice.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve just got to get them ready,‚Äù Bobo said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm glad we‚Äôve got some depth there. It is young, but we‚Äôve got to get those guys ready to play.‚Äù