Three weeks ago, the Georgia Bulldogs were firmly inserted into the top-10 of every major college football poll and viewed as the favorites to win the SEC East title. Running back Todd Gurley was a legitimate Heisman candidate, and the Dawgs looked poised to make a run at the SEC Championship.
Then, with one twisted ankle, that all changed. While the Dawgs have suffered other significant injury, not having Gurley to propel the running game puts all of the pressure on quarterback Aaron Murray to win games, which he has shown he’s incapable of doing consistently.
Gurley has missed two straight games, including the Bulldogs’ 41-26 loss to Missouri on Saturday that dropped Georgia eight spots to No. 15 in the AP Top 25.
The loss left Georgia needing a quick recovery when it plays the Vanderbilt Commodores this week, and a loss would kill any chance of winning the SEC East and a berth in the SEC Championship game.
It looks like the bounce-back will have to be done once again without the services of Gurley:
Richt on Gurley: “We’re preparing to play without him.”
— Gentry Estes (@GentryEstes247) October 16, 2013
Gurley leads Georgia with 450 yards rushing and four touchdowns in four games. He had 1,385 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns as a freshman.