Notebook: Georgia Coach Mark Richt: Todd Gurley to enter draft _lowres

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) hurdles Tennessee defensive back Brian Randolph as he runs for a first down during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. After serving a four-game suspension for taking money for autographs, Georgia's star running back returns for a big one _ the 16th-ranked Bulldogs hosting ninth-ranked Auburn. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Jon-Michael Sullivan, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Georgia running back Todd Gurley has informed coach Mark Richt that he plans to enter the NFL draft.

Richt said after practice Friday for the Belk Bowl that Gurley won’t return for his senior season. The 13th-ranked Bulldogs face No. 20 Louisville on Tuesday.

The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

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

Richt said Gurley’s rehabilitation is going well and his spirits are high.

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

The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Gurley ran for 911 yards and nine touchdowns in six games this season, averaging 7.4 yards per carry.

In Gurley’s first game back against Auburn, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, ending his season.

In his first two seasons at Georgia, Gurley ran for 2,374 yards and 27 touchdowns.


Narduzzi officially takes over as coach: In Pittsburgh, Pat Narduzzi is the next man up at Pittsburgh.

The Panthers officially announced the longtime Michigan State defensive coordinator as their new coach Friday. Narduzzi replaces Paul Chryst, who left Pitt last week after three seasons to become the coach at Wisconsin.

Narduzzi won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant in 2013, when Michigan State’s defense helped the Spartans to a 13-1 record and the No. 3 spot in the final poll.

The hiring is a homecoming of sorts for the 48-year-old Narduzzi. He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, while his father coached at Youngstown State from 1975-85.

Narduzzi takes over a program looking to gain traction in the ACC. The Panthers are 6-6 heading into the Armed Forces Bowl against Houston on Jan. 2.

West Virginia

QB Trickett retires from concussions: In Memphis, Tennessee, West Virginia senior quarterback Clint Trickett is retiring from football because of concussions and won’t play in the Liberty Bowl on Monday against Texas A&M.

Trickett said Friday that he had endured five concussions over the last 14 months.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen indicated that sophomore Skyler Howard would start at quarterback for the Mountaineers (7-5) against the Aggies (7-5). Howard is 36 of 64 for 483 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions.

in three games this season. He started West Virginia’s regular-season finale against Iowa State.

Trickett completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 3,285 yards and 18 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He hasn’t played since being knocked out of a 26-20 loss to Kansas State on Nov. 29.