“I actually jumped off my right foot,” Gurley said.
Gurley skied from about the 5-yard line gliding by two Kentucky players and into the end zone pylon in a 59-17 win Saturday.
“Just to come back down healthy, that’s all I was thinking of,” Gurley said.
Offensive guard Dallas Lee said players watched the film of the play on Monday in the meeting room.
“It was a pretty spectacular play,” Lee said. “We reran it a couple of times. It was an impressive play.”
Gurley led Georgia in receiving yards for the second straight week with 90 yards on five catches and scored two touchdowns.
Andrews adjusts to new starting QB
Perhaps no Georgia player is more directly impacted by quarterback Aaron Murray’s season-ending knee injury than the guy who snaps the ball to him.
Center David Andrews now will deliver it to Hutson Mason.
“Hutson’s a little more uptempo than Murray,” Andrews said. “We kind of joke about it a little bit. I think they’re two different players. I’m excited to see what Hutson can do. It’s fun out there. He’s a passionate guy, a fiery guy who has a lot of emotion. I play with a lot of emotion too so I think it’s kind of fun.”
Andrews said he and Mason “butted heads on a few things,” during the game and they talked about it.
“He’s wanting to go, and they’re changing the defense, and I’m trying to change something and I think KG (Kenarious Gates) got called for a false start,” Andrews said. “I was trying to change something too and got caught off guard. He’s just uptempo about stuff and sometimes we’re trying to get him to slow down so we can communicate stuff. You get used to it. We’re going to have to get used to it this week.”
The Georgia Southern lesson
Todd Grantham has a fresh example to use about the difficulties that a triple-option offense can present.
Right down to the precise relevant statistic.
“Obviously it’s a tough offense,” the Georgia defensive coordinator said. “I think Georgia Southern had like 429 or something on Florida. They run similar offenses. We saw both of those offenses last year. It’s a tough offense.”
Georgia Southern, coached by former Yellow Jackets assistant Jeff Monken, got those 429 rushing yards on 57 rushes in a stunning upset of Florida Saturday The Eagles did not complete a pass in three attempts.
Georgia held Georgia Southern to 318 rushing yards last year on Nov. 17 in a 45-14 win and then gave up 306 rushing yards to Georgia Tech a week later in a 42-10 victory.
The Bulldogs are practicing in full pads all week to prepare for the triple-option.
Richt stresses youth on defense when asked about coaches
Two days after Georgia’s defense gave up its fewest yards of the season—211--in a win against Kentucky, Richt’s tone was softer than a week earlier after the Auburn loss when the Bulldogs yielded 566 yards.
Richt was asked on his radio show Monday night about the future of his coordinators.
“I’m pleased with our coaches,” Richt said. “I know we’re not perfect by any stretch, but we’ve got guys that are good men, good men of integrity. They’re competent, competitive coaches”
He alluded to the defense, headed by Grantham.
“We’re in a situation where we just had one side of the ball just a little bit younger than the other, a little bit more immature and guys just learning as they go,” Richt said. “You get some bumps along the way. The one good thing is next year we should have a lot of guys coming back on both sides of the ball.”
A caller asked Richt whether he would consider adding Will Muschamp to his staff.
Richt laughed at that.
The former Georgia defensive back is 4-7 this year with the Gators.
“Well, I’ll say this: From what their athletic director said it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen anytime soon,” Richt said.
Smith gets honors
For the second time this season, senior Garrison Smith has been tabbed as the SEC defensive lineman of the week.
The Atlanta native had seven tackles, including a pair of sacks, to go along with two forced fumbles in the win over Kentucky.
He also was recognized by the league for his performance in the Florida game.
Smith is fourth on the team with 58 tackles and tied for second in sacks with six.
Georgia players have been recognized 10 times this season for weekly honors.
This and that
Aaron Murray will be on the sidelines at Georgia Tech if he feels up to it after his ACL surgery today. The senior quarterback wrapped up his college career with a whopping 27 Bulldog records, according to the school’s sports information staff. That includes best career completion percentage (62.31), average gain per pass attempt career (8.91), highest career pass efficiency rating (158.61) and total offensive plays (1,764). Murray, who will undergo surgery today for a torn ACL, had accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl before his injury, the Mobile, Ala., all-star game confirmed Monday. The game’s Twitter account on Monday offered “congrats on incredible career.”
Safety Tray Matthews was listed as being limited with a shoulder sprain, but Richt said Georgia was being “a little bit cautious,” with a hamstring injury. Safety Corey Moore was out Monday with a knee injury, but Richt said he should be able to play. Defensive end Sterling Bailey missed practice with a sprained ankle but has a “pretty good shot,” to play.
The on-air ABC crew for Saturday’s game: Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich.