Gurley in "High Spirits"

ATHENS - Todd Gurley is handling his suspension about as well as could be expected, according to teammates.

The star running back is practicing this week while everyone around the program waits for when—or even if—Gurley will be able to return to play for the Bulldogs.

Georgia is investigating whether Gurley was paid for signing memorabilia.

“He was in high spirits,” tight end Jay Rome said. “He was running around, finishing runs. He’s really upbeat, yelling and getting everybody up. I don’t think he’s mentally down about it at all. I think he’s in the right place.”

Gurley on Tuesday made’s midseason All-American team as the running back along with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.

He’s already missed one game and Georgia is preparing as if it won’t have him Saturday against Arkansas.

“I’ve talked to Todd and given him my reassurances,” said offensive tackle Kolton Houston, who tested positive for a banned substance before finally being ruled eligible by the NCAA before last season. “I think everybody has. He’s handling it well. He’s been quiet about it, just like I was quiet about mine. You don’t really talk about it. We don’t really know anything. We know just as much as you all do. Our job is to go out there and block for whoever is going to be running the ball and that’s what we’re going to do.”

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