Another day, still no word on Gurley

ATHENS - Hutson Mason said Georgia’s preparation for Florida hasn’t been negatively impacted by the uncertain status of star tailback Todd Gurley.

The offense, he said, has grown accustomed to getting ready for the possibility of not having him after he missed two games already.

“If Todd is granted his eligibility back between now and Saturday's game, it will only be a bigger bonus,” Mason said.

There was no word from the NCAA or Georgia on Tuesday on any change in Gurley’s indefinite suspension after the school investigated whether Gurley signed autographs for money.

“I think everybody around here is pretty anxious just trying to know something,” running backs coach Bryan McClendon said Tuesday night.

“You’ve just got to get him ready and hopefully we’ll find out something soon,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “We’ve got to go with the assumption that he possibly can be cleared and whenever we hear if he is or not, we’ll make adjustments.”

Gurley worked third in line at tailback Tuesday in practice behind Nick Chubb and Brendan Douglas. Chubb was one of two players added Tuesday to the watch list for the Maxwell Award for the nation’s top player, but McClendon indicated Gurley would return as starter if he’s cleared to play.

“We're giving him a good bit of reps,” Richt said. “We want to rep him to the point where if he's able to play, he'll be able to play well. …We know Todd knows what to do.”

J.J. Green could return to tailback from the secondary if needed.

“I think in a pinch we could take J.J. and use him without him having to get every rep,” Richt said.

Meanwhile, NCAA president Mark Emmert in a Monday interview with the Associated Press credited Georgia with how it has dealt with its investigation.

“From the facts that we know today, publicly, Georgia’s behavior has been commendable,” Emmert said. “They, apparently, saw something that concerned them, and they dealt with it directly and their athletic department seems to have handled that very, very appropriately based on what we know today.”

He added: “When a school has information about inappropriate behavior that might render a student-athlete ineligible, then they’re under an obligation to respond. If it turns out later that they did know and did have facts that demonstrated that someone was ineligible and they played them anyway, then sure those wins can be vacated and that’s happened many times.”


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