Richt: Running back Gurley heading to NFL

Dec 26, 2014 4:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Georgia coach Mark Richt says junior running back Todd Gurley has informed him that he plans to enter the NFL draft.

Richt made the announcement after practice Friday for the Belk Bowl. The 13th-ranked Bulldogs face No. 20 Louisville on Tuesday.

Gurley was a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate and got off to a strong start, but a four-game suspension and a knee injury derailed his season.

Gurley attended practice with his teammates Friday but was not made unavailable for interviews.

Richt says Gurley's rehabilitation is going well and his spirits are high. He predicts Gurley "will be a very high draft pick."

Richt says that "I wouldn't be shocked to see him doing a lot of things for the scouts before the draft."

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