Gurley says quad not a problem

semerson@macon.comSeptember 3, 2013 

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Georgia running back Todd Gurley leaps into the end zone after running 12-yards for a touchdown tying Clemson at 28-28.

BEAU CABELL — bcabell@macon.com

ATHENS - 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."

Still, the way the injury happened doesn't make Gurley feel that future celebrations should be curbed.

"Anything can happen. I could fall down right now in this chair and break something," Gurley said, before hastily adding. "Hopefully that doesn't happen."

And for the record, it did not.

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