One of the main storylines entering Saturday’s LSU-Georgia game was the battle of the two running backs who will be playing on Sunday’s in the very near future, but thus far Jeremy Hill has been a non-factor and Georgia’s Todd Gurley is out–for now–with a left ankle injury.
As you can see Gurley rolled over on his left ankle after Craig Loston brought him down after a 23-yard run along the right sideline and after limped to the sidelines where nine trainers looked him over at the training table. He subsequently jogged gingerly to the locker room for further evaluation. He had 73 yards on the ground at the time of injury.
CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said that Gurley is out for now. Could he make another return like he did when he was injured in Georgia’s season opener vs. Clemson and return for a big second half performance? Perhaps, but Keith Marshall is more than capable of toting the rock with Gurley out.
UPDATE: 4:42 Gurley will not return for Georgia.
Todd Gurley comes out in the second half wearing street clothes and boot on left foot
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) September 28, 2013
Gurley out of uniform for Georgia. Marshall is as good as any backup in country, but that’s a big loss.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) September 28, 2013
Marshall has 59 yards on six carries midway through the second quarter as the Bulldog’s offensive line is opening up big holes for Marshall and when he was in for Gurley to run through.
Meanwhile, LSU is having all sorts of difficulty running the ball as LSU has 12 yards on 12 carries. Hill has 10 carries for 24 yards and a long run of six yards–a far cry from his performance last week vs. Auburn when he ran at will against the Tiger defense.
If LSU can’t get more production out of the running game it will make for a difficult second half as Georgia will put LSU in third and long situations and blitz Mettenberger and turn them into a one-dimensional attack.