Coach Mark Richt was asked about Gurley practicing on his weekly radio show.
“Todd did well today,” he said. “He was working hard. He was just enjoying being one of the guys, being with his teammates. I know the guys enjoyed having him there, too.”
Georgia’s official athletic Twitter account provided this about Gurley to the fan base late Monday afternoon: “Bulldog Nation, we want you to know we’re listening. We don’t have a Gurley update at the time, nor a timetable. Bear with us. #GoDawgs.”
Gurley did not practice Thursday, the same day Georgia suspended him, but practicing while serving an indefinite suspension is similar to 2010 when star receiver A.J. Green continued to practice while suspended for four games by the NCAA for selling an autographed bowl jersey.
Defensive lineman Mike Thornton, who redshirted that season, said the team going 1-3 during that stretch was more about other factors: dealing with work in progress on an expansion and renovation of the Butts-Mehre building
“We didn’t have a real weight room, we were over in ‘The Dungeon’ (a temporary weight room set up in Stegeman Coliseum), we were on the turf fields all the time, we were in trailers (for meetings) when they were building this building,” Thornton said. “That’s the only difference I would say, because we still had great leaders on that team. It was a first-year defense (under Todd Grantham) just like it is this year.”
Thornton said many people counted out Georgia before the 34-0 win against Missouri, including some parents of players calling.
“You would hear from some parents, `Ah, what are y’all going to do?’” Thornton said. “We’re going to play ball like we’ve been playing.”