The Georgia Bulldogs took a big hit last year when they lost running back Nick Chubb to a near career-threatening injury. It looks like he will return this year and he is also getting advice from another Bulldog back that also saw his fair share of injuries in Todd Gurley.
Gurley went on to be a top ten pick in the 2015 NFL Draft with the then-St. Louis Rams and won the Rookie of the Year Award, just a year after tearing his ACL during the 2014 college football season. He spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and gave some advice to his former teammate.
“Just think about all that hard work you did. Don’t worry about the knee, trust it and work hard,” Gurley said. “That’s why you went through the whole process, to make sure the knee is stable. So it’s not going to mess up. Just trust in your work that you did for rehab and your training. And I’m sure (Chubb) will be fine.”
It is hard for Chubb not to trust Gurley after he turned his career around and became one of the best young players in the NFL last year. I would certainly expect him to have a big year for the Bulldogs this year after he was well on his way to setting a school single-season record for rushing yards before his injury.
Sony Michel, Chubb’s back up who recently broke his arm and will be out for an extended period of time, also took inspiration from Gurley’s comments and joked around with it on Twitter.
— Sony Michel (@Flyguy2stackz) July 19, 2016
Nick Chubb has rushed for nearly 2,300 yards and 21 touchdowns in 18 total games in two years for Georgia. I would expect him to add to that total by a large margin this year.
The Bulldogs open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 at the Georgia Dome against North Carolina.