CHARLOTTE- What was long assumed is now confirmed: Star tailback Todd Gurley will pass up his final year at Georgia and enter the NFL draft.
"He'll be moving on," head coach Mark Richt said Friday, after Georgia's bowl practice.
Gurley, a junior, suffered an ACL tear in November. He is with the team this week at bowl practice, and was walking around Friday with only a slight limp.
Gurley is still with the team here in order to receive treatment from Georgia's athletic training staff, as well as to serve as moral support.
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"He's rehabbing well. Ron (Courson, Georgia's head athletic trainer) thinks it's going beautifully. His spirits are great," Richt said. "I wouldn't be shocked to see him doing a lot of the things for the scouts before the draft. I think he'll be a very high draft pick."
Gurley was considered a certain first-round pick before the injury. The hope is that the injury doesn't derail his draft status because there was no additional damage beyond the ACL tear.
He finishes his Georgia career with 3,285 rushing yards, second only to Herschel Walker, and Gurley finishes first in school history with 6.44 yards per rushing attempt. He is second to Walker in four other categories: Touchdowns scored (44), rushing touchdowns (36, and tied with Lars Tate), average yards per game (109.5) and all-purpose yards (4,322).
Gurley rushed for 911 yards this year, despite playing in only six games. He was a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy before being suspended for what turned out to be four games because of signing autographs for money.