ATHENS, Ga. —
Georgia did get some good news on star running back Todd Gurley.
He sustained a sprained left ankle against LSU, watching the second half wearing a windbreaker and a walking boot. But Richt said the injury is not serious and listed the sophomore as day to day.
“He’s not going to need any surgery or anything like that,” Richt said. “We’ve just kind of got to let it get as much treatment as we can and get it as healthy as we can.”
It’s too early to tell if Gurley will be able to play against the Volunteers, but he’ll certainly be limited at practice early in the week. That means freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas will get some extra time with the first team along with sophomore Keith Marshall, who’ll get the bulk of the carries if Gurley can’t go.
Green had a huge run in his only carry against LSU, ripping off an 18-yard gain that set up Aaron Murray’s winning touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 remaining. Douglas was stuffed on two inside runs near the goal line when the Bulldogs tried to fool the Tigers earlier in the game.
“Those guys have got to get their reps and be ready to play,” Richt said.
The special teams cleaned up some of their issues against LSU. Marshall Morgan kicked three field goals, including a career-best 55-yarder. There were no poor snaps, and the coverage teams did a good job.
The young defense, on the other hand, is still very much a work in progress.
Zach Mettenberger threw for a career-best 372 yards, continually burning the Bulldogs for long completions on third down. The Tigers converted a staggering 10 of 15 times in those situations, including a third-and-22 that led to Jeremy Hill’s go-ahead touchdown with just over 4 minutes remaining. Georgia was especially ineffective when they dropped back in a prevent defense; they were much more successful when they got pressure on Mettenberger.