Todd Gurley didn’t get to play against Tennessee last season and he was limited to six carries while playing only the first two offensive series against Troy this past Saturday.
Asked if that meant he’d be particularly well-rested and motivated to face the Vols this Saturday, Gurley offered on the slightest of grins and said, “We’ll see.”
Gurley was one of five UGA skill players who either didn’t play in last year’s game against Tennessee or was unable to finish it due to injury. Gurley had sprained his ankle the previous week against LSU, so Keith Marshall started against the Vols and was playing well as the Bulldogs built a 17-3 lead.
But Marshall and receivers Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett were all knocked out of the game with knee injuries. Freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas finished the game at tailback and the Bulldogs hung on for a 34-31 win in overtime.
“I didn’t get to play against them last year,” Gurley said. “That was my first game out. So I’m excited to play against them this year. I know they’ve got some good linebackers returning for them, so we’ll have to be ready.”
Gurley was a big reason the Bulldogs were able to out-score the Vols 51-44 the last time they came to Athens in 2012. Gurley scored three touchdowns and finished with 130 yards on 24 carries. Marshall was actually Georgia’s leading rusher with 164 yards and scored on TD runs of 75 and 72 yards.
“I don’t even remember,” Gurley said. “That was so long ago.”
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