Nick Chubb, the Georgia running back, became a household name way back in 2014 when he took over for the suspended Todd Gurley. After a sensational freshman season, he was injured in 2015, but he is now back to prove that he’s still the same player from 2014.
Chubb’s career began at Cedartown High School in Georgia, where he became a football legend. He led the state of Georgia in rushing yards with 2,721 during his junior season, and then put up 2,690 yards the next year, going from 38 touchdowns to 41. During his entire high school career, Chubb reached the end zone on 102 occasions.
Not only was he a stud on the football field, but Chubb was also a great track & field athlete. In 2014, prior to attending Georgia, he won the shot put event (17.05 meters), finished in second place in the 100-meter dash (10.69 seconds), and second place in the 200-meter dash (21.83 seconds), at the AAAA Sectionals. It was obvious that Chubb had all the tools to become a top running back in college.
As a senior, he was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals, and in June of 2013, he decided to commit to the University of Georgia, who was then coached by Mark Richt. Chubb was expected to spend most of his time on the bench as a freshman, slotted as the back-up to Gurley, but following the latter’s suspension, No. 27 was pushed into action.
He was an instant success. In his first game as a starter, Chubb ran for 143 yards on 38 carries. And for the people that thought it was a fluke, he put up 202 yards on 30 carries, and a pair of touchdowns the next game. By season’s end, Chubb was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, earned All-SEC honors, and won the 2014 Belk Bowl MVP after rushing for a bowl game record of 266 yards.
Chubb became one of the most well known backs in the country, and heading into 2015, he and the team had high hopes. Unfortunately, on October 10 against Tennessee, he injured his leg, and had to sit out the remainder of the season. Already heartbreaking enough, it was only worsened by the fact that the injury kept him from breaking Herschel Walker‘s record for most consecutive games with 100+ yards. Chubb and Walker share the record with 13 straight games.
The Bulldogs missed Chubb’s impact, which resulted in more losses than the program was expecting. This led to the changing of head coaches. Insert: Kirby Smart. In 2016, Chubb rushed for 1,130 yards, on 224 carries, and eight scores. He also caught five receptions for an average of 17.2 yards per catch.
While most thought Chubb would leave for the NFL, he decided to come back for his senior season, and so far, it looks like the right decision. The Bulldogs are 3-0, including wins over Appalachian State, No. 24 Notre Dame, and Samford. Chubb already has 290 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. It’s been a good start to the year for Georgia and Chubb, but if things are going to get even better, they must take down No. 17 Mississippi State on Saturday night.
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