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Georgia Bulldogs will request reinstatement for Todd Gurley
The Georgia Bulldogs will apply to the NCAA for the reinstatement of suspended running back Todd Gurley on Wednesday. The Heisman candidate has been suspended since October 9 for violating the NCAA’s extra benefit rules as he received money for signing memorabilia.
“I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support,” Gurley said in the statement released by the university. “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made, and I can’t thank the University, my coaches, and teammates enough for supporting me throughout this process. I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates.”
Despite being without Gurley, the Bulldogs have cruised to two straight road wins against the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks. The offense scored 79 combined points in both games and ran for over 417 yards.
Freshman Nick Chubb started at running back in Gurley’s absence and ran for 345 yards and three touchdowns on 68 carries against the Tigers and Razorbacks.
“He’s taken the majority of the carries and it doesn’t seem to faze him,” quarterback Hutson Mason said of Chubb earlier this week. “The guy’s a special cat. He’s got to be the best freshman running back in the country. You give it to him 20 or 40 times and it just seems like he’s going to keep pounding it. It’s awesome.”
The 20-year-old‘s case has been well document by the media and the committee has all the evidence which should generate a fast response. However, it is still uncertain whether the NCAA will restore Gurley’s eligibility before the team’s home game against the Florida Gators on November 1.
“The University hopes for and expects a prompt ruling by the NCAA so that Todd, his coaches, and teammates can adequately prepare for our next game”, the university said in a statement on Wednesday morning.