Todd Gurley is one of the best running backs in the SEC when he’s healthy. As Florida fans can attest, he’s also one of the better backs in the league when’s he’s not healthy. He rushed for 100 yards, caught three passes for 87 more and scored two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 23-20 win over the Gators last Saturday. But it was clear that he was less than 100% as he had to be leave the game due to nausea and exhaustion following a 73-yard TD catch and run.
In addition, his stride showed a bit of a limp and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that that limp looked worse after the game.
So Georgia will rest its injured star this weekend against Appalachian State, right? They’ll heal him up and make sure he’s ready for Auburn, right? Right, Mark Richt? Right?
“If he’s healthy enough to play, he will, and we expect him to be healthy. We still have to practice a couple of days, but it’s a game and whoever our starters are, we’re going to play them. I think you get your conditioning in practice, mostly. We’re going to play him according to what is best for the team at that time.”
If Georgia plays Gurley as Richt suggests, it’ll be taking quite a risk. The Bulldogs’ offense looked fantastic in the first half of last week’s game (against one of the SEC’s top two defenses). It looked a heckuva lot better than it had looked during Gurley’s recent three-game absence, that’s for sure.
Yeah, yeah, we all know that Appy State once upset Michigan in Ann Arbor. Anything’s possible. Need to take them seriously. Blah, blah, blah. The Dawgs’ offense has averaged 526 yards of total offense in games with Gurley… and just 369 yards in the three games he missed due to his bum ankle.
If Richt plays Gurley this weekend and he injures himself in any way — especially with old rival Auburn just around the corner — UGA’s coach will face a tsunami of second guesses. Which is completely fair considering how many Dawg fans must be first-guessing him on the matter today.