Much like last year the running back spot is getting hit hard. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall missed all but one game last October as the Bulldogs sputtered to a 2-2 record that month - bad enough to knock the Bulldogs out of the SEC East race.
Now the Bulldogs are figuring out how to manage October with two running backs banged up - Marshall (ankle) and true freshman Sony Michel (shoulder).
“I guess it is his left shoulder,” Richt said. “I can't imagine him playing anytime real soon.”
Richt added that the team didn’t have a MRI report on Michel.
Michel was named SEC freshman of the week for his performance against Troy in Georgia’s 66-0 win over the Trojans, but left the Tennessee hurt. Marshall left the Troy game with an ankle injury - he did not dress out for the Tennessee game.
“I don;t know on Keith. He wasn’t even running this time last week, but I am not going to count him out,” Richt said.
Unlike 2013, however, when Georgia maneuvered through much of October with walk-ons and true freshmen, the Bulldogs expect to get at least three players back who could help jump start the passing game.
Justin Scott-Wesley, Malcolm Mitchell and Jonathan Rumph could all get their first action of the season against Vanderbilt, coach Mark Richt said Sunday. Scott-Wesley tore his ACL last season against Tennessee; Mitchell tore his ACL against Clemson last season. Rumph is said to have missed all games this season with a hamstring issue.
Mitchell hurt his repaired knee working out in late July and has not yet recovered enough to play. Scott-Wesley was also serving a suspension for getting arrested for possession of marijuana, but it is unclear if he is still injured or serving a four-game suspension rather than a one-game suspension. Richt has not said Scott-Wesley is serving a suspension, but a four-game suspension would fall in line with Georgia’s strict drug policy.