From both sides of the ball and from positions all over the field, UGA’s once highly-ranked team has hemorrhaged athletes in 2013.
“We’ve got so many guys banged up and we really need to get guys back healthy and get guys back on the field,” said defensive lineman Garrison Smith. “It’s been a lot of banging and it’s a long season and we’ve got some more games left. It’s time for us to rebound and regroup and get guys right.”
Georgia’s next game is in Jacksonville against rival Florida in two weeks. And according to quarterback Aaron Murray, running back Todd Gurley — one of the Dawgs’ most important offensive weapons – is on the verge of rebounding and getting right. Asked yesterday about Gurley’s progress from a badly sprained left ankle, the senior signal-caller had this to say:
“He looked good (in limited practice Tuesday). We’ve still got another two weeks so he’ll be a full go by Florida, hopefully.”
Hopefully being the key word in that statement. Murray’s performance — like the offense as a whole — has declined over the last two weeks as injuries mounted. Lacking a chemistry with the backup weapons now deployed around him, Murray has seen UGA’s total offensive output drop from 545 and 536 against Clemson and South Carolina to 434 and 454 against Tennessee and Missouri all the way to 221 against Vanderbilt.
And it must be noted that Vanderbilt had allowed 489 yards to Ole Miss, 579 to South Carolina, 523 to Missouri and more than 221 to both UMass and UAB. Either the Commodores suddenly found themselves or injuries have finally become too much for the Bulldogs.
For that reason, Murray and Georgia fans everywhere had better hope Gurley is ready to go when the Dawgs face the Gators in 10 days.