March 28, 2013

Gurley pumping up

Aaron Murray from Anthony Dasher on Vimeo.

Running back Todd Gurley confirmed Thursday that he has bulked up to "230ish" pounds, but said the added muscle won't affect his play or his speed when he hits the field for the Bulldogs this fall.

"Oh yeah, I'm feeling great right now," Gurley said after practice. "I'm feeling REAL good."

Gurley said he played last season at anywhere between 220 and 224 pounds.

Fullback Quayvon Hicks said he hasn't noticed anything different about the way Gurley plays.

"It's amazing to me," Hicks said. "Fullbacks don't get too much love but seeing guys like that who want it as much as you, to be the best player you can be, it's going to be great for this team."

Gurley was listed as having only two carries for 15 yards in Saturday's scrimmage, but the sophomore said that was by design.

"I actually had three," Gurley smiled. "They basically had me do a lot of pass protection stuff, work on my communication. That's what they've been wanting me to focus on."

Theus back on the field

Right tackle John Theus was back on the practice field for the first time this spring following foot surgery earlier this year.

"It felt good. It was great to get back out there," said Theus. "The recovery went well and right now I'm just trying to get back in the swing of things."

Although Theus didn't reveal exactly when the injury took place last year, he said the surgery was something that had to be done.

"It was something that built up and it finally just went," said Theus, who added he does not expect to get any looks at left tackle this spring.

"Today I worked with the twos, but basically it was coaches just wanting to get me back in there, and get my repetition," he continued. "I'm just working to get back into shape."

Murray talks it over with Champ

Quarterback Aaron Murray said one of the highlight of his trip to Atlanta Tuesday to receive his "Peach of an Athlete" reward was the opportunity he got speak with former Bulldog great and current Denver Bronco, Champ Bailey.

"Oh yeah, we talked about Georgia football, how the Broncos are going to do; we talked about Peyton Manning," Murray said. "He gave me a few stories about (Offensive coordinator Mike) Bobo since they were teammates, so when Bobo starts yelling at me I've got some things to say back to him."

Murray said he also spent time with Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson at the event, which he attended while his teammates were conducting their first scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.

"I was wanting to get on back, but Coach Richt and Coach Bobo encouraged me to hang out and represent the Bulldog Nation," said Murray, who did review the film of Tuesday's scrimmage.

"I thought the offense played well. I heard the conditions weren't that great, it was pretty windy and cold and you could tell with some of the throws," he said. "I remember one ball was up in the air forever and went, it went all the way across the field and even the DBs were saying they didn't know how to track that thing."

Injury report

Twelve players found themselves on Georgia's post-practice injury report Thursday.

They include:

WR Michael Bennett (right knee, ACL), limited, RB Dominic Bryan (right shoulder labral repair), out, OL Chris Burnette (left shoulder labral repair) out, OLB Brandon Burrows (concussion) out, TE Jared Chapple (right ankle sprain) out, S Austin Herod (right knee sprain) out, S Jesse Jones (left knee, ACL) limited, LB A.J. McDonald (left knee lateral meniscus repair) out, LB Matthew Stagg (left elbow sprain) out, WR Tramel Terry (ACL) out, LB Chase Vasser (left shoulder labral repair) limited, WR Rantavious Wooten (illness) out.

Rankin makes an impression

When asked which of Georgia's newcomers have made an early impression, Gurley said linebacker Ryne Rankin has opened his eyes.

"I've never seen anybody have so much energy," Gurley said. "It's like he takes five 5-hour energy drinks. He'll be crunk. That guy … he'll come at you hard and hit you; he'll stick you."

However, Gurley was quick to point out that Rankin hasn't touched him yet.

"No, not him. He didn't," Gurley laughed. "He hasn't touched 'this' anyway. I don't plan on letting him, either."

This and that

Head coach Mark Richt was pleased with his team's full-pad practice coming off Tuesday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. … "Everyone competed well," said Richt. "It was also a good day because we had a lot of our coaches come here for the Coaches Clinic. We're going to have them here today and tomorrow and we're looking forward to spending some time with them tonight." … Thursday was the first day of Georgia's annual coaching clinic. Roughly 300 high school coaches spent the afternoon at practice, beginning the two-day event. Richt was to speak at a dinner before the high school coaches break out into various breakout sessions with Georgia assistant coaches. Tomorrow will feature various meetings, highlighted by featured speaker, former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. … Hicks said he is up to 265 pounds but that he "plans on playing like he's 245."