Georgia’s depth behind star tailback Todd Gurley is bolstered this preseason by the return of junior Keith Marshall after ACL surgery to go along with sophomore Brendan Douglas, of Augusta.
Freshmen Sony Michel and Nick Chubb give running backs coach Bryan McClendon five scholarship tailbacks at his disposal heading into the season.
“Right now they’ve got to prepare like they’re going to play and I’ve got to prepare them like they’re going to play so right now that’s the plan,” McClendon said Tuesday. “My plan right now is to get those guys ready to play versus Clemson.”
Adding a pair of five-star players to the position gives Georgia two potential playmakers and at least insurance if the Bulldogs battle injuries like a year ago when Marshall was lost in early October and Gurley battled ankle and hip injuries.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Officials say defensive end Devonte Fields remains “separated” from the university, meaning the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year is still barred from campus and all school activities.
In July, Fields surrendered to authorities on a misdemeanor assault warrant amid allegations that he threatened his ex-girlfriend and punched her.
The university released a statement Tuesday night after several reports that Fields posted on his protected Twitter account that he was meeting with university officials. The school didn’t publicly acknowledge any meeting.
LOUISIANA STATE: Junior safety Jalen Mills has been reinstated to the team after his charge of second-degree battery was reduced to misdemeanor simple battery Monday. Mills has been a two-year starter.
CALIFORNIA: The family of former player Ted Agu filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California on Tuesday, alleging “reckless and negligent behavior” by the staff toward an athlete known to have sickle cell trait.
The lawsuit repeatedly says that the university was negligent for hiring and retaining trainer Robert Jackson, who previously worked at Central Florida, where he was the sole certified athletic trainer present when wide receiver Ereck Plancher died following conditioning drills in March 2008.
FLORIDA STATE: Defensive coordinator Charles Kelly has received a raise to go along with his promotion.
Kelly’s salary has increased to $500,000 and he received an extension through the 2017 season. He was promoted from linebackers coach during the off-season after Jeremy Pruitt left to take the defensive coordinator position at Georgia. Kelly made $275,000 last season before bonuses.
Seven of nine Florida State assistants reached new deals that run from 2014-2017. Kelly, assistant head coach/offensive line coach Rick Trickett and co-offensive coordinator Randy Sanders are the three highest paid assistants at $500,000 each. New linebackers coach Bill Miller is signed from 2014-2016 and defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri is in the final year of a one-year deal.
Florida State is now paying its assistants a combined $3.375 million.