Georgia's Todd Gurley is 'real close' to returning

Todd Gurley could return to the field against Vanderbilt this week
Todd Gurley could return to the field against Vanderbilt this week. (USATSI)

In what's a change of pace for Georgia this season, coach Mark Richt actually delivered some good injury news on Sunday. According to Richt, running back Todd Gurley is "real close" to returning from a sprained left ankle.

"I think what we want is a really healthy Todd Gurley," Richt said. "We want him to be at his best. We don't want him to go in there without being full speed because if you do it's not really safe for him. It also can cause another setback that might set him down even longer.

"Whenever he looks healthy enough and feels healthy enough, we'll play him."

Gurley's return could do a lot for a Georgia offense that's dealt with injuries to Gurley, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett.

Gurley hasn't played since injuring his ankle against LSU, missing Georgia's last two games against Tennessee and Missouri. However, he's still the team's leading rusher with 450 yards and four touchdowns.

Georgia travels to Vanderbilt this week.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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