The Georgia freshman tailback from Tarboro, N.C., rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, including a 66-yard run.
“I don’t really want to say too much, but when I saw that (No.) 3 running down there today, I was like `That’s going to be a Trent Richardson,’” safety Shawn Williams said comparing Gurley to last year's Heisman Trophy finalist from Alabama. “He’s big and fast.”
Another freshman, Keith Marshall, rushed for 62 yards on five carries. He took one run 52 yards.
“I saw a lot of explosive plays from the running backs,” receiver Chris Conley said.
“They had some huge, huge runs today,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “Both of them are very talented and have worked extremely hard this whole summer and looked great this whole camp. All of our running backs have. …I’m very encouraged about the progress that has been made at that position.”
Gurley has now run for 145 yards on 13 carries with three touchdowns in two scrimmages. He also had two catches for 22 yards on Wednesday.
“Yes, he’s done well,” coach Mark Richt said. “I’m impressed with him. I was impressed with the running backs today. I thought they ran well today.”
Richard Samuel had 40 yards and a touchdown on six carries and Ken Malcome had 35 yards and a touchdown on five rushes.
Former walk-on Brandon Harton rushed for 31 yards on seven carries—all against the No. 1 defense.
“That’s the one that’s kind of scary,” Richt said. “He made some really nice runs.”
More `peace’ with kicking game
Freshmen Marshall Morgan and Collin Barber moved closer to nailing down the top kicker and punter jobs, respectively, with their scrimmage showing.
“Today gave me a better peace about them being where they are,” Richt said. “I’m not going to name them starters yet.”
Richt said Barber’s punts were impressive. He averaged 49.5-yards on two punts.
Morgan booted his only field goal try during the scrimmage from 42 yards and made all his extra points.
Richt said that he went 6 of 8 in field goal attempts prior to the scrimmage, including a 52-yarder he converted. He missed from 42 and a short-range kick, Richt said.
Drew productive in return
Sophomore defensive end Ray Drew had four tackles as he returned fully from a concussion that sidelined him for a week.
Drew said he got his concussion during a one-on-one drill with offensive guard Mark Beard.
“If it was up to me, I would have been out there the next day,” he said.
Drew said the time off the field helped him get a better grip on the playbook.
Picture Day plans
Tickets will be distributed starting at 8 a.m on Saturday’s Picture Day to be able to snap a photo with Richt and interim mascot “Russ.” They can be picked up at the East End ticket window of Sanford Stadium to the first 150 fans for access to take pictures with the coach and dog.
The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. Russ and Georgia athletic teams will be available from 1 to 3 p.m and Richt and the football team from 3 to 5 p.m. U.S. Olympic gold medal swimmers Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland are expected to sign with the Bulldogs swim team from 1 to 3 p.m.
No outside items may be brought to Picture Day. Two schedule posters will be provided to use for autographs.
This and that
Huston Mason completed 8 of 18 passes for 67 yards with a touchdown and interception Wednesday. Christian LeMay was 2 of 5 for 35 yards with an interception. Mason, who coaches would like to redshirt, is likely to get the call if there’s an injury to Murray. Even if it’s deep into the season. “By the grace of God, we’re 8-0 and something happened to Murray, (Mason) may be the starter,” Richt said.
Richt said he didn’t think any injuries from the scrimmage would keep a player out of practice today. Tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith (strained hamstring) did not scrimmage.
Linebacker Chase Vasser led the defense with six tackles and three sacks. Freshman defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons had four tackles, a sack and an interception.
Georgia is ranked No. 9 in Sports Illustrated’s preseason rankings. That’s two spots behind SEC East rival South Carolina. Alabama is No. 1.
Georgia will hold one more scrimmage next week, but it will be a “practice game” format to prepare for the Sept. 1 opener against Buffalo.