Todd Gurley took the next step on his return from an ankle injury on Monday when he shed the green non-contact jersey in Georgia’s practice.
The Bulldogs’ star tailback looked like he was running at another level during the open portion of practice compared to the team’s last workout on Thursday.
Even his replacements were thrilled to see him looking ready for Florida on Saturday.
“I don’t think I ever had a job, I was just filling in for him,” said freshman tailback J.J. Green. “I’m glad Todd’s back. They’re going to be keying in for him, maybe get some bigger runs for me. … He looks pretty good.”
Freshman Tray Matthews also practiced in a regular jersey Monday, meaning the Bulldogs could have back their starting free safety Saturday as well.
Matthews has been sidelined with a pulled hamstring the past three games.
“It was very relieving and it was really good to see him running back in nice strides,” reserve safety Marc Deas said. “I got to see him run around a little bit during scout work. I was a little on edge just because a hamstring, I’ve tweaked a hamstring before. I definitely know how it can be for him.”
Georgia has also missed Gurley those same three games since he was hurt against LSU on Sept. 28.
The Bulldogs’ offense also is expected to get back receiver Michael Bennett, who practiced in a non-contact jersey on Monday. He’s been out the past two games after minor knee surgery.
Center David Andrews also practiced in a regular jersey after a sprained foot that kept him out of practice last week.
Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons (foot) was running on the side, leaving him questionable. Receiver Chris Conley (ankle) didn’t practice and is doubtful to play.