Gurley Gets Big Comparison
Todd Gurley
Athens Banner-Herald
Posted Aug 20, 2012


ATHENS - Todd Gurley broke into a big smile Monday night when told that Bulldogs safety Shawn Williams compared him to former Alabama star Trent Richardson after a big scrimmage last week for the Georgia freshman tailback.

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“I think he probably compared me to him because of (jersey) No. 3 and I have dreads like Trent Richardson,” Gurley said. “I have a long, long, long way to be like Trent Richardson. For a starting senior, one of the key players on the team, to call me that, that’s big.”

Gurley, who played in high school in Tarboro, N.C., has led the Bulldogs in each of the two preseason scrimmages.

He rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries after going for 58 yards and a touchdown on six rushes in the first scrimmage.

Gurley said he’s getting comfortable in the offense.

“Just coming in from day one and really not knowing nothing and now getting a feel for the system,” Gurley said. “Being able to come out in the scrimmage and show what I can do, I feel like I came a long way from the first day of camp.”

Marshall dinged up

If this was a game week, an injury to tailback Keith Marshall might send panic around Bulldog Nation.

Georgia opens it season in 12 days against Buffalo and Marshall’s college debut is among the most anticipated from this year’s freshmen class.

So when Marshall left practice Monday during a drill against scout teamers, it didn’t go unnoticed.

Gurley said Marshall returned later.

Practice video shot by Dawgs247 showed that Marshall got up slowly after being knocked down by a scout team defender on a run in the full pads practice. He was helped up. Marshall ended up being scratched off the interview request list by Georgia tonight.

Coach Mark Richt didn’t comment on Marshall’s injury, but said he plans to reduce the practice time open to the media.

“No big deal,” Richt said. “Normally I think it was 15 minutes anyway and we had 20. Five too many, I guess.”

Georgia provides an official injury report compiled before that day’s practice so Marshall isn’t on there.

“You guys know more than I do,” Richt said when told Gurley had said Marshall returned. “We can talk about something besides injuries, that will be good.”

Marshall was the second tailback to go in the drill against the scout team after Ken Malcome. Gurley was the third tailback to get work. Richard Samuel was the No. 2 tailback in position drills earlier.

“When Keith came out, we got kind of tired there,” Gurley said. “Me and Ken we were like `Oh, man, we’ve got to get Keith back. He came back and everything was good again.”

Georgia has avoided many injuries this preseason.

Richt said among things that have contributed is practicing on the grass fields instead of FieldTurf, practicing mostly in the morning during camp and relatively mild afternoon practices.

“They had a great summer of conditioning,” Richt said. “They’ve been recovering faster. We’ve added a lot of post-practice stretching which I think has helped them. Then, sometimes you’re just fortunate.”

Mitchell brushing up on receiver

Malcom Mitchell is brushing up on his receiving skills even though the sophomore has practiced at cornerback this preseason.

“I run a couple of routes after practice, catch a couple of passes,” said Mitchell, who had 45 catches for 665 yards last season.

Richt said that Mitchell works after practice on wide receiver fundamentals with receivers coach Tony Ball while the defense does conditioning.

“Some days a quarterback will stick around, throw a few routes with him,” Richt said.

Richt said he will talk to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo about what the plan for Mitchell will be for Buffalo on Sept. 1.

“I think he’ll get some offensive snaps game one,” Richt said, “but how many and exactly how much we’re going to try to practice with him and perfect with him, I don’t know that yet.”

Mitchell has a good grasp of much of the offense.

“I remember all the plays from last year,” Mitchell said. “They just can’t call one of the ones that they recently made up.”

This and that

Richt hasn’t named kicker Marshall Morgan and punter Collin Barber, both freshmen as starters yet, but said they are getting practice work like starters would.

After missing practice time at the end of last week, receivers Tavarres King (lower leg strain) and Rantavious Wooten (hip strain) returned to practice Monday in regular jerseys. Georgia’s injury report said King was still limited. Center David Andrews missed practice because he was sick

Georgia quarterback commitment Brice Ramsey’s Camden County team will be featured on ESPNU Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. against Lowndes on ESPNU. Offensive line verbal Brandon Kublanow of Walton will be on Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. at home against Milton also on ESPNU.


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