Star tailback Todd Gurley returned to practice in a limited capacity for Georgia on Tuesday.
That was more than enough of a glimpse for quarterback Aaron Murray to know exactly what the Bulldogs have been missing.
‚ÄúBeautiful as always,‚Äù Murray said of how Gurley looked in the closed full pads session. ‚ÄúI saw him out there and I was like, ‚ÄòGoodness gracious, that dude‚Äôs huge.‚Äô He‚Äôs a pretty sucker to look at, huge. He looked good.‚Äù
Gurley has missed the past three games with an ankle injury sustained against LSU on Sept. 28.
Even so, he still leads Georgia with 450 rushing yards.
‚ÄúI know I‚Äôm excited to have him back and I know the coaches are as well,‚Äù tight end Arthur Lynch said. ‚ÄúIt can‚Äôt come at a better time with the type of physical game that Florida always brings.‚Äù
Coach Mark Richt said earlier this week that Gurley has a ‚Äúpretty good shot‚Äù to play against the Gators.
Murray said Gurley did every rep in ‚Äúrun polish‚Äù and told him afterwards that he felt good. Lynch said Gurley also worked against the scout team.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve still got another two weeks, so he‚Äôll be full-go by Florida hopefully,‚Äù Murray said of the Bulldogs‚Äô next game on Nov. 2.
Wide receiver Michael Bennett, out the last two games with a knee injury, didn‚Äôt practice, but was running on the fields, Murray said.
‚ÄúI think they‚Äôre going to slowly work him back,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúHopefully Monday, Tuesday he‚Äôll be close to full speed, both him and Todd.‚Äù
Said Lynch: ‚ÄúHe told me last week he‚Äôs playing Florida, so I‚Äôm taking that to the bank.‚Äù