Offseason object: Getting Gurley healthy

semerson@macon.comJanuary 1, 2014 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Now the offseason is here, and one of the chief goals might be getting Todd Gurley fully healthy for next season.

The star tailback was never 100 percent this season, after straining his quad during the second series of the season opener at Clemson. Then he sprained his ankle the fourth game against LSU, and after missing three games, still never quite was the same.

Gurley said he would get right back to work, rather than rest his body.

“I want to train while I’m still injured, because that’s how you’re still going to play,” Gurley said.

Gurley was out for several stretches during Wednesday’s game, not because he needed treatment, but because the coaches continued to handle Gurley in a delicate manner. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said there were times runnig backs coach Bryan McClendon thought Gurley needed a rest.

“You can see he’s still not 100 percent,” Bobo said. “So it’s a big challenge for him to get back to where he’s able to practice full speed and able to finish games. He’s a difference-maker right now and he’s not 100 percent healthy. We’ve gotta get him 100 percent healthy, and confident again, and playing, and cutting off that ankle.”

Gurley barely missed out on a 1,000-yard season, finishing with 989 rushing yards.

“That doesn’t define me,” Gurley said. “You guys know what I can do.”

LeMay transferring

It was all but confirmed for awhile, but quarterback Christian LeMay is transferring, Bobo said. LeMay, a four-star recruit before the 2011 season, struggled in three seasons at Georgia, never seriously competing for the starting job.

LeMay stayed with the team for the Gator Bowl, and is reportedly headed to Jacksonville (Ala.) State.

“LeMay has decided to move on, and I wish nothing but the best to him in his career,” Bobo said. “I do think he’s got a chance to be a very good player, and hopefully the place he goes to, and the system they run, he has a chance to be successful.”

Reliable Morgan

Marshall Morgan made all four field goal attempts, and thus finished the season 22-for-24, and on a streak of 17 straight made field goals.

That's the longest consecutive streak of the Mark Richt era. Morgan also ended up with a better sophomore season than his predecessor, Blair Walsh, who went 20-for-22 in 2009.

There was a humorous moment in the postgame press conference, when Richt, Morgan and Hutson Mason were on the podium. The questions were all to Mason and Richt, and at one point the head coach volunteered: "I thought Marshall Morgan did good."

"Thanks coach," Morgan replied.

"Just thought we'd acknowledge that he's here," Richt added.

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