If there is one thing you can count on for Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs in 2016, it is a strong backfield. The Bulldogs, who have had Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall in recent years, will have star running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel returning to the field.
Chubb is returning from a serious knee injury suffered last season, so he is not expected to be at 100 percent before the start of the new season.
Because of that, Smart plans on “platooning” Chubb and Sony Michel in the backfield to have a diverse attack.
Smart elaborated, “We’ve got a couple young pups, we signed a guy, but that’s the scariest position because even with Nick at 100 percent, which I don’t think he’s going to be 100 percent right away, we’ve only got two. We want to platoon them. There’s just too much unknown right now on Nick to feel certain.”
You can’t debate that.
Both Chubb and Michel are impressive talents at running back and capable of carrying the load themselves. However, by splitting the carries, it will allow Chubb to get back to 100 percent while keeping both running backs fresh by avoiding throwing a load on any particular rusher.
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