Turman looks for bounce back at RB

ATHENS - With Georgia missing injured tailbacks Keith Marshall and Sony Michel, there’s more opportunity for A.J. Turman.

A.J. Turman rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the first scrimmage.

He was sidelined in 2014 after a right foot injury that required surgery and kept him out of practices until bowl practices.

“It was hard,” Turman said. “I’m not going to lie. That was probably the hardest year. …I’m ready to bounce back and get back on the field right now.”

The 6-foot Turman said he put on a lot of weight when sidelined but is down now to 215 pounds.

“I picture myself fitting in real good because we’re all powerful running backs,” Turman said. “That’s what Georgia produces hard runners and I feel like I fit in perfectly.”

Said running backs coach Thomas Brown: “I think he’s done a pretty good job so far of trying to compete."

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Marshall continues to work in the lower field while out of practice with a pulled hamstring. Marshall still could return this spring, Brown said. “I hope so,” Brown said. “He’s fine.”

Tight ends coach John Lilly announced on Twitter on Thursday night that he and his wife Cheryl welcomed the birth of Abigail Christine Lilly. The Lillys also have a daughter Allison and a son Caleb.

Brown was asked who he hopes gets taken first in the NFL draft: Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon or Georgia’s Todd Gurley. Brown coached Gordon last season and now is position coach where Gurley played. “I’m definitely not going there,” Brown said with a laugh. Brown is fielding calls from NFL teams to talk about Gordon.

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