Amid all the pleasantries we heard yesterday emanating from Athens – players buying in to the new defensive staff, Richt talking about tweaking changes to practice procedure and the renewed energy surrounding the program – there’s one troublesome matter.
After battling ankle and hip injuries last season, Gurley has been “less than full speed” during offseason conditioning drills, Richt said.
“I really don’t know what to expect from Todd in the spring,” Richt said.
Gurley said what’s bothering him more are his legs.
“It’s going to take a little time,” Gurley said.
Said Richt: “My guess is that unless he’s completely healed by March 18, there will be some modification to what he’s doing.”
Now, Gurley’s a warrior and Bobo doesn’t sound particularly daunted by Gurley’s health, so we’re a long ways away from needing to freak out over the uncertainty, but let’s not kid ourselves. A healthy Todd Gurley is a big factor in whatever success Georgia is hoping for this season. How big? Potentially, this big.