Week 5 player spotlight: Georgia RB Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb is on the verge of making history, and he may have to go to hell and back to do it. The Georgia Bulldogs’ sophomore running back posted his 12th consecutive game with 100 or more rushing yards last weekend against Southern, tying the school record set by former Bulldogs legend and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker and generally picking up right where he left off last season in rushing for 599 yards and six touchdowns on just 71 carries.

But this weekend brings Chubb and undefeated No. 8 Georgia its biggest test of the season thus far. Though the game will take place at Sanford Stadium, the Bulldogs will have to continue their quest for a spot in the College Football Playoff against Nick Saban and the ever-dangerous Alabama Crimson Tide.

Alabama may only be the No. 13 team in the Top 25, but mark my words. This team is far better than that number. Were it not for a stunning loss at home to the Ole Miss Rebels in Week 3, the Tide may very well still be in the College Football Playoff conversation, a goal that can be kissed goodbye if Georgia wins this weekend.

Which is where Chubb comes in. Though quarterback Greyson Lambert has been an absolute rock star the past two games, completing 33 of 35 passes for 476 yards and five touchdowns over that brief stretch, Chubb is the real star of Georgia’s offense. Since arriving on campus from Georgia’s Cedartown High School as a four-star recruit last season, he has rushed for 2,146 yards and 20 touchdowns while averaging 7.4 yards per carry.

And this is going to be the game of Chubb’s life (so far) for several reasons. Not only is he looking to break Walker’s record, but Alabama was one of the many schools that recruited him out of high school before he chose to sign with the Bulldogs. The Crimson Tide also rank sixth in FBS in rushing defense, having allowed just 227 yards on the ground all season. That’s an average of 56.7 yards per game, well below Chubb’s career average of 126.2 per contest.

That being said, words cannot stress how important it is that Chubb be ready for this game mentally. Georgia last played Alabama in the 2012 SEC Championship game, which the Tide barely won 32-28 and sent millions of Bulldogs fans nationwide into heartbreak.

Chubb was not on the team then, but must not shoulder himself with the sole responsibility of avenging that loss. He must know his role and do what he does best: bulldoze opposing defenses to the ground without mercy or hesitation. He must find holes and not think too much about what he’s going to to do once the ball is in his hands.

Most important of all, he must tell himself that breaking Walker’s record is a second priority to knocking Alabama out of the playoff picture once and for all.

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