Richt "Hopeful" on Michel

ATHENS - Georgia’s backfield may not be quite as stacked for Saturday’s game against Auburn as expected.

Freshman tailback Sony Michel missed practice against Wednesday with a sprained ankle.

If he can’t go, that would leave the Bulldogs a bit thinner behind returning starter Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, who carried the load in Gurley’s absence.

Coach Mark Richt said after practice he wasn’t sure of the status of Michel, who rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Saturday’s 63-31 rout at Kentucky.

“He has gotten better every day, I know that,” Richt said. “I always say I’m hopeful he can play.”

Tailback Keith Marshall practiced in a regular jersey, but Richt said he would classify Marshall as doubtful.

The junior has missed the last six games since sustaining an ankle injury Sept. 20 against Troy and a redshirt year seems possible.

“He’s not full speed,” Richt said.

Auburn has been preparing to see Gurley, Chubb and Michel.

“Each back brings a different tendency,” Auburn defensive lineman Gabe Wright said. “Gurley probably has the best of all abilities, but the other guys still bring some great attributes. …They have a nice veteran group (on offense), a solid group on the O-line, but running back is their main strength.”


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