Richt: Marshall capable of taking lead if Gurley hurt

Georgia coach Mark Richt looked out onto the practice field on Monday to see Todd Gurley walking around on his sprained left ankle.

“I watched him walking with his crutches over his shoulder, if that’s a telltale sign,” Richt said Tuesday. “Hopefully, it won’t be too long.”

Richt said Tuesday that “day-to-day” is just the best way to describe Gurley’s injury status

The sophomore running back, who was not at practice on Tuesday, left Georgia’s game against LSU during the second quarter after rolling his ankle while getting tackled out of bounds.

“He’s getting treatment as often as he can get it and still go to class,” Richt said. “… You don’t know how fast a guy will heal and how fast the swelling will go down.”

Richt said Keith Marshall, who finished with 97 yards against LSU, is “very capable” of being the Bulldogs’ 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.

“If 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,” Richt said. “We’ve had [Kyle] Karempelis play before. We’ve had [Brandon] Harton play before. A.J. Turman has been kind of moving towards a redshirt and we’re not sure exactly what’ll happen there, but I don’t think this is going to be a long-term enough situation where we start grabbing a guy out of his redshirt.”

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.

“It’s awesome to have a back like that, especially one who’s considered, in quotation marks, back-up,” Conley said. “… It’s good to have good back who can play like that.”

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.

“We’ve just got to get them ready,” Bobo said. “I’m glad we’ve got some depth there. It is young, but we’ve got to get those guys ready to play.”

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