Georgia Still Waiting on NCAA

ATHENS - Another day passed on Monday without Georgia knowing whether its reinstatement request for Todd Gurley will allow him to play Saturday against Florida.

“It’s been stressful, of course, for the coaches and players and, of course, Todd,” nose guard Mike Thornton said. “We have to continue preparing and we have been.”

The star running back has missed two games while Georgia investigated whether he took money for signing autographs. It sent in paperwork to the NCAA seeking reinstatement last Wednesday after Gurley acknowledged “mistakes,” he made.

“We’ve been expecting the word for him to be back by now,” cornerback Damian Swann said. “It’s just the process. Hopefully in the end, the process goes the way that we want it to and we can get him back by Saturday.”

The Gators are talking like they expect Gurley will play, but Georgia is still awaiting a decision by the NCAA.

“We don’t know yet,” coach Mark Richt said Monday night on his radio show. “We’re just waiting on the NCAA to tell us what the deal is. As soon as we know, we’ll let everybody know.”

Said Florida coach Will Muschamp: “Absolutely, I would expect him to play.”

Gurley is excited to get back on the field, Swann said. On one play in practice last week, Gurley ran free on a play that grabbed Swann’s attention.

“That’s something that we haven’t seen in a few weeks,” Swann said.

J.J. Green continued to practice at defensive back on Monday, Swann said. Green was at tailback for the Arkansas game week.

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