Nick Chubb is the number one running back for the Georgia Bulldogs this season and is being asked to be the workhorse that Todd Gurley was over the past couple of seasons.
Georgia opened up their 2015 season this afternoon against Louisiana Monroe and absolutely embarrassed them. They were able to pull off a 51-14 victory over the Warhawks before the game was called early due to the second lightning break that was about to delay the game even further. It was a great win for the Bulldogs and they showed that no one needs to worry about their offense.
Throughout the game despite multiple running backs being used, Chubb was able to carry the football 16 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. It was an impressive game to say the least and his numbers to round out to an above average 7.5 yards per carry.
While it was only one game against a very poor opponent, Chubb showed the potential that he has to be a legitimate candidate to win the Heisman Trophy this season.
That being said, it will be interesting to see how head coach Mark Richt handles his running back rotation throughout the season. He played Chubb more than anyone else, but Keith Marshall and Sony Michel also received a bit of work. If the game had run its distance, there is a good chance that the Bulldogs’ star running back would have had an even bigger afternoon.
At 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds, Chubb is a very physical running back with excellent speed as well. There aren’t many defensive players that can take him down by themselves, especially with the blocking that he is running behind.
If Chubb does want to win the Heisman Trophy, there are going to be quite a few extremely good players that he will have to go up against. Consistency is key for Chubb and he certainly showed that ability after Gurley went down with a torn ACL last season. He looked like an improved version of what he was last season, which should scare opposing teams that are on the Bulldogs’ schedule.
Expect to See Chubb continue his dominant play next week and for the remainder of the season. There is no question that he has the potential to contend for the Heisman this year, but it will take big performances each and every week. He certainly got off on the right foot, but he will need to put up bigger numbers moving forward to beat out the other candidates.
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