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Written by Nick de la Torre, October 29, 2014, 3 Comments,
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One waiting game is over and another one begins for the Georgia Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) as the NCAA ruled that Todd Gurley must sit out an additional two games, not being eligible to return to the field until November 15 — meaning he won’t play against the Florida Gators this week. Gurley will also be made to pay back a portion of the money to a charity of his choosing and complete 40 service hours before he can return.

The NCAA reported on Wednesday that Gurley accepted “more than $3,000 from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years.”

The University of Georgia released a short statement following the NCAA’s ruling: “Tuesday afternoon the University received the decision from the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff regarding the University¹s request for the reinstatement of Todd Gurley. The University plans to appeal the decision immediately.”

The NCAA’s official statement stated that the ban would only be four games (Gurley has sat out the past two games already) because Georgia and Gurley were cooperative and honest during the investigation.

What does this mean for Florida? Obviously, for Georgia, not having your best player is a handicap but the Bulldogs haven’t missed a step in Gurley’s absence.

The reason is freshman standout Nick Chubb.

The 5-10, 225 freshman has rushed the ball 99 times this season for 569 yards (5.75 yards-per-carry) and five touchdowns. Chubb’s production has picked up the past two weeks with Gurley’s absence. He’s carried the ball 68 times for 345 yards and three scores against Missouri and Arkansas working as the starting tailback. “Nick Chubb has done an outstanding job in his absence so far,” Will Muschamp said on Monday afternoon.

Georgia’s gameplan won’t change much this weekend. The Bulldogs had remained hopeful that Gurley would be reinstated in time to play against Florida but have played probably their two most complete games of the season in his absence.

“It doesn’t affect our preparation. They’ve got a stable of backs that are very talented. Nick Chubb has done an outstanding job filling in while Todd has been gone. It’s a shame,” Muschamp said. “Todd’s an outstanding player, he’s a great competitor. I think his biggest talent is his competitive edge and the guy runs and blocks and does everything at a very high level so he’s an outstanding player. But it does not affect our preparation.”

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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. trippo7October 29, 2014, 1:01 pm

    Two more games? Guess he should have lied [I know of one poster that will respond to that!] to his coaches when asked about taking money like Winston did and he would be playing now.

    • snowprintOctober 29, 2014, 4:27 pm

      It’s amazing how some people think they know something, yet don’t have any valid reason for saying so. I was always taught that if you don’t know what you’re talking about, you should keep your mouth shut, it only makes you look stupid. I guess some people didn’t learn that.

  2. trippo7October 29, 2014, 5:41 pm

    See how easy that was? He couldn’t resist, I guess. Never mind the problem in his logic: He knows nothing about the situations, either. I’ll close with this thought – To defend Winston at all costs does not make *me* look stupid. Think about it.

    Also…still sucks for Gurley that he tells the truth and gets suspended while that idiot at FSU just skates along.

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One waiting game is over and another one begins for the Georgia Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) as the NCAA ruled that Todd Gurley must sit out an additional two games, not being eligible to return to the field until November 15 — meaning he won’t play against the Florida Gators this week. Gurley will also be made to pay back a portion of the money to a charity of his choosing and complete 40 service hours before he can return.

The NCAA reported on Wednesday that Gurley accepted “more than $3,000 from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years.”

The University of Georgia released a short statement following the NCAA’s ruling: “Tuesday afternoon the University received the decision from the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff regarding the University¹s request for the reinstatement of Todd Gurley. The University plans to appeal the decision immediately.”

The NCAA’s official statement stated that the ban would only be four games (Gurley has sat out the past two games already) because Georgia and Gurley were cooperative and honest during the investigation.

What does this mean for Florida? Obviously, for Georgia, not having your best player is a handicap but the Bulldogs haven’t missed a step in Gurley’s absence.

The reason is freshman standout Nick Chubb.

The 5-10, 225 freshman has rushed the ball 99 times this season for 569 yards (5.75 yards-per-carry) and five touchdowns. Chubb’s production has picked up the past two weeks with Gurley’s absence. He’s carried the ball 68 times for 345 yards and three scores against Missouri and Arkansas working as the starting tailback. “Nick Chubb has done an outstanding job in his absence so far,” Will Muschamp said on Monday afternoon.

Georgia’s gameplan won’t change much this weekend. The Bulldogs had remained hopeful that Gurley would be reinstated in time to play against Florida but have played probably their two most complete games of the season in his absence.

“It doesn’t affect our preparation. They’ve got a stable of backs that are very talented. Nick Chubb has done an outstanding job filling in while Todd has been gone. It’s a shame,” Muschamp said. “Todd’s an outstanding player, he’s a great competitor. I think his biggest talent is his competitive edge and the guy runs and blocks and does everything at a very high level so he’s an outstanding player. But it does not affect our preparation.”

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