ATHENS -- Todd Gurley was back on the practice field with the Bulldogs on Wednesday. He even "changed direction a little" and caught some passes, according to coach coach Mark Richt.
But Richt didn't sound very encouraging as far as Georgia's star tailback having any chance to play against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
"He was out there moving around and changing direction a little bit, catching a couple of balls here and there, but not at a tempo that would make you feel like he’ll have a chance," Richt said. "If we played tomorrow he wouldn’t play tomorrow, I know that. . . . We’re preparing to play without him."
More likely, the Bulldogs' leading rusher will miss his third game since going spraining his left ankle early in the LSU game. It's also doubtful that starting safety Tray Matthews will make it back this week. Matthews did not practice again Wednesday due to a hamstring injury that has sidelined him the last two weeks.
"We've got other people coming in and playing pretty good in that spot," Richt said. "Obviously we'd like to have him back and have him playing, nopt only on defense but some special teams as well. . . . But we've just got to be careful with that hamstring."
Other news coming out of the Bulldogs' practice Wednesday, Richt said sophomore John Theus will start ahead of Kolton Houston at right tackle on Saturday. Richt said the decision was based on the players' performances last Saturday against Missouri and in practice this week.
Georgia Tech couldn’t exactly blame overlooking Kennesaw State for a slow start Monday night, not as a program only three years removed from a loss to the Owls that was the beginning of the end for the coach Paul Hewitt.
Saturday was another day that Georgia could have benefited from an indoor practice facility. The Bulldogs returned to Woodruff Practice Fields for the first time since their 41-34 win over Georgia Tech to end the regular season.