Todd Gurley officially 'day-to-day'

semerson@macon.comSeptember 29, 2013 

Photo by Donn Rodenroth Athens, Ga. 9-28-13 Georgia's Todd Gurley (3) sprang his ankle on this play against LSU Saturday. He was out for the rest of the game.

ATHENS - Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley isn't being ruled in or ruled out for Saturday's game against Tennessee.

Gurley is "day-to-day," head coach Mark Richt said on Sunday.

"He just sprained his ankle, so he's day-to-day," Richt said. "No surgery, nothing like that. Just gotta let it get as much treatment as you can, and get ready as soon as you can."

But Gurley is expected to be "limited" at best in practice on Monday and Tuesday, according to Richt. Freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas will be prepared to get more snaps if necessary.

Sophomore Keith Marshall carried the load after Gurley's departure, finishing with 96 yards on 20 carries. Marshall will get first-team snaps during practice.

Gurley left the game after rolling his ankle at the end of a 23-yard run in Saturday's win over LSU. Gurley managed to run to from LSU's sideline, where the second-quarter run finished, all the way back to Georgia's sideline. But after halftime he emerged in a walking boot and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

The sophomore tailback had 73 rushing yards on eight carries. He now has 450 yards on 71 carries, and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry.

Some other notes from Richt's Sunday media teleconference:

- Left tackle Kenarious Gates appeared to tweak his previously-injured ankle, but Richt said athletic trainer Ron Courson had not mentioned anything to him about Gates.

The offensive line had another good game on Saturday, and in part Richt credits that to increased competition. There are eight or nine players subbing in during the game, which he said also keeps the linemen more fresh.

"I think it's been good for everybody. It's been good for morale, good for the depth, good for the health of everybody," Richt said.

- Richt said he spent Sunday working on the program's future.

"I'll be honest with you, I've been so busy with recruiting today that I have not even looked at the film yet," Richt said.

- Richt shrugged off a question about once again facing two of his former defensive assistants. Last year it Brian VanGorder and Willie Martinez at Auburn, and this week it will be John Jancek and Martinez again. Martinez is the secondary coach for Tennessee, and Jancek is the defensive coordinator.

"I enjoy seeing those guys. I like them and I consider them good friends," Richt said. "But we go compete. We're looking at tape. We're not looking at coaches' pictures in the media guide."

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