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Gurley able to practice Tuesday

ATHENS, Ga. – What Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray witnessed on the practice field Tuesday was truly a sight for sore eyes.

Todd Gurley has missed the past three games with an ankle sprain.

“Beautiful as always,” Murray said. “I saw him out there, and I was like, ‘Goodness gracious, that guy is huge.’ He’s a pretty sucker to look at.”

Murray was referring to tailback Todd Gurley, who according to teammates was able to practice Tuesday in a limited capacity for the first time since spraining his ankle in the LSU game.

Tuesday’s practice (closed to media) was the first of two for the Bulldogs during a light bye week schedule. They’ll work out again Thursday before breaking for the weekend and returning to begin game week preparation for the Nov. 2 game against Florida.

There was no team scrimmaging Tuesday, according to Murray, and Gurley was able to participate in various drills, including five minutes of run polish with Murray.

“He looked good,” Murray said. “I asked him how he felt. He said he feels good, and we’ve still got another two weeks. So he’ll be full-go by Florida, hopefully.”

Among the injured UGA players now expected back against the Gators are Gurley and receiver Michael Bennett, who underwent minor knee surgery Oct. 8. While Bennett wasn’t able to practice Tuesday, Murray said he was on the field and running on the side.

“Bennett was out there running,” Murray said. “Not with the receivers, but he was starting to get going again. He looked good. All indications are he’ll be back, and I’m looking forward to it.”

“He told me last week he’s playing Florida,” tight end Arthur Lynch said of Bennett said. “So I’m taking that to the bank. I’m making him play if he doesn’t want to.”

Michael Bennett is returning from minor knee surgery.

UGA coach Mark Richt has said he is “hopeful” that safeties Tray Matthews (hamstring) and Josh Harvey-Clemons (foot injury) will be able to play against Florida as well.

The biggest return, however, would be Gurley, who hasn’t played since exiting in the first half of the LSU game.

“I know I’m excited to have him back,” Lynch said. “I know the coaches are as well. It can’t come at a better time with the type of physical game that Florida always brings and what it’s going to take to beat them.”

With Gurley out, once Keith Marshall tore his ACL early in the Tennessee game, true freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas have been shoulder the load ever since, and they’ve picked up bumps and bruises too.

Green (right shoulder contusion, left shoulder sprain) and Douglas (right knee sprain, left wrist sprain) were each limited in Tuesday’s practice as well.

“They’re still going to get a lot reps,” Murray said. “They’re both right now probably going to be co-No. 2s and rotating a lot in throughout the game. They’ve definitely earned the trust from the coaching staff, from myself, that we trust them with the ball in their hands.”


“I’ve probably played with two other players that are like (Gurley) in the sense – Jarvis Jones and A.J. Green – to where he literally impacts everyone else on the field because the defense has to gameplan for him specifically,” Lynch said. “… Not to say those two young backs haven’t done a really good job for us, because they have.

“But Todd, he’s like Keith, J.J. and Brendan but built into one. And that’s just not normal.”

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