Richt, Dawgs Expect Word on Gurley

ATHENS - Georgia expects to know by Friday before it leaves for Arkansas whether suspended star tailback Todd Gurley will be able to return to the field to play for Saturday’s game.

Coach Mark Richt said after practice Wednesday that “if he’s eligible to play, he’ll travel. If he’s not, he won’t travel.”

Gurley has been suspended since last Thursday while Georgia investigated allegations he was paid for signing memorabilia.

Richt left the impression in his post-practice news conference that he would have clarity by Friday.

“We’ll definitely know in plenty of time before we get on the plane,” Richt said.

A spokesman later said that the school had no final knowledge that word in the case would come from the NCAA by Friday.

Gurley missed last Saturday’s win at Missouri, but returned to practice Monday and has practiced all three days this week with the Bulldogs.

“If we know he’s not going to play, he won’t travel,” Richt said. “If we know he’s able to play, he’ll travel. If he’s not able, he won’t. He has been practicing, getting some reps.”

Richt said Georgia has prepared like Gurley “won’t be there and if he is it’s a bonus. You just focus on the game and focus on the game plan. Our guys are just practicing away. They’re giving good effort. They’re doing a good job. We’ve created a pretty good culture in practice. It’s continued this week.”

Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said Wednesday night that he hopes Gurley will go to Arkansas.

“I’m waiting to see what’s going on to,” Jenkins said. “It’s something we want, but we came out and practiced hard, making sure everybody’s doing what they’re supposed to do. …We’re going to play hard if we have Todd or if we don’t have Todd.

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