Gurley, who leads the SEC in rushing yards (773) and yards per attempt (8.2) and is tied for second in rushing touchdowns (8), has been practicing with the team. But head coach Mark Richt clarified that doesn't mean he'll be on the field on Saturday.
“He’s either able to play or he’s not. You just prepare like he won’t be there,” Richt said.
Last weekend, the Bulldogs proved their ability to manufacture rushes and yardage without Gurley. Freshman Nick Chubb accrued 174 yards in 38 carries against the Tigers and the “tough, hard-nosed” Brendan Douglas, as Richt described him, gave Bulldog fans an acrobatic touchdown.
“I can’t wait until [Gurley] gets back, but I mean there’s ten other guys out there on the field,” Rome said. “And those same guys are going to be out there with another running back. Chubb, Douglas, whoever we have back there at running back, we are going to work hard to open up those holes for them, and we are going to get yards.”
“I think Chubb’s performance gave everyone the confidence that he can carry the load and then some,” Richt said.
Thursday’s announcement came less than 24 hours before the Bulldogs board a plane for Little Rock, Arkansas to play the rush-dominant Arkansas Razorbacks.
Without Gurley, either Chubb and Douglas will have to match any yards created by the SEC top-10 rushing duo of Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams or the Georgia defense will have to lockdown the Razorback pair.