ATHENS, Ga. — A day later, Todd Gurley wasn't too impressed with having been named the SEC offensive player of the week.
“It don't mean that much,” Gurley said. “I think Jordan Matthews should've gotten it.”
Gurley, Georgia's sophomore tailback, rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a loss at Clemson. Matthews, Vanderbilt's senior receiver, caught 10 passes for 178 yards, also in a losing effort.
And both players got hurt: Matthews vomited after getting hit in the stomach. Gurley strained his quad muscle during his 75-yard touchdown run, which came on his first carry of the game.
Gurley thinks he hurt the quad near the end of the run, when he lifted his legs to beat the last defender. He had to sit out most of the rest of the half, but returned healthy enough to rack up more yardage, and feels he'll be good to go Saturday against South Carolina.
“It's straight. I'll be ready for Saturday,” Gurley said. “I don't think I was 100 percent before Saturday. No one is ever 100 percent. But I'll be back where I left off.”
Sadly for the Bulldogs, Gurley's injury wasn't the most serious one because of that touchdown run. Star receiver Malcolm Mitchell tore an ACL when he celebrated with Gurley in the end zone.
Gurley said he didn't realize at first how bad it was, until Mitchell grabbed him.
“I know that look of someone,” Gurley said. “I knew something had happened.”
Murray was asked a question, the premise of which was that if the team could afford to lose somebody it was a receiver.
“That’s a weird question,” Murray said, speaking slowly and looking away. “I’m not excited about losing Malcolm, first off, so I’m just throwing out there.”
Georgia does have depth at receiver, which Murray said does give him assurance.
Mitchell got hurt on the game’s fourth play, after the second series. But Murray said the gameplan didn’t change.
Kicker still suspended
Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan will be suspended a second straight game. Morgan was arrested for boating under the influence this summer.
Richt played coy all preseason and last week leading up to the Clemson game, when Morgan did not kick.
Walk-on Patrick Beless handled the place-kicking duties on Saturday, making all five extra points he attempted, without getting a field goal attempt. (A botched snap ruined what would have been a game-tying field goal attempt.)
Floyd denies flop
The video of Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd falling intentionally to the ground in the first quarter against Clemson has gotten more attention. But Richt asserted that Floyd was hurt when a Clemson player inadvertently kicked him in the groin.
“The running back tried to cut me, and I guess his leg whipped around and hit me in the privacy areas,” Floyd said.
Floyd said he got up, and pointed towards the sideline, asking for a sub. A couple teammates told him to drop to the ground, as Richt has said his players are instructed to do now when they get hurt.
“I couldn't bear the pain no more. So I just fell,” he said. “It wasn't nothing to slow the game down, I was just injured, and just fell.”
Floyd said he was never told by coaches to slow the game down by faking an injury.