The Georgia Bulldogs are less than one month away from kicking off the 2016 season with their Sept. 3rd season opener against the North Carolina Tar Heels, but the running back question still looms: will Nick Chubb and Sony Michel be ready?
Good news, Bulldog fans. The answer to the running back recovery question is leaning more and more towards a “yes,” at least for one of them. The Georgia Bulldogs two star running backs, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, have both been making progress at camp this week. Chubb has continued to prosper on the field, even surprising himself with his abilities, while Michel has become slightly less limited.
Much like Chubb, Sony Michel also seems to be recovering ahead of schedule. Michel‘s recovery time after undergoing surgery was an estimated 6-8 weeks. It has been just four weeks, and Michel is already working towards a speedy recovery and increasing his abilities on the field. Just three days ago, at Monday’s practice, he was restricted to individual conditioning work.
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Though it may not appear to be anything significant, Michel has in fact progressed this week, taking handoffs in later practices. He also went from wearing a black brace earlier in the week to most recently a soft white wrapping on his forearm.
"Michel had a soft cast on the forearm and tucked the ball with his right hand but held the ball with both hands at least once. He worked behind Nick Chubb (returning from a knee injury) and Brendan Douglas.Georgia was in full pads for the first time but in shorts. Michel went on a different field when there was a blocking drill."
Though less than a year after sustaining his significant knee injury, Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb is ahead of schedule concerning his recovery. Based on what we’ve seen from camp, he appears to be back to his old ways, and if you ask him, “doing everything I used to do.”
At this rate, it is becoming more and more likely that Chubb will in fact play in the season opener on September 3rd, hopefully even as a starter. Chubb has been a full participant in the Georgia Bulldogs fall camp since Day 1 – from running to blocking and participating in every drill – he has carried on strong throughout the week.
"To watch Chubb on Georgia’s practice field is to say the qualifiers “maybe” and “hopefully” can be removed. Beating all reasonable expectations set last October, when Chubb suffered the gruesome knee injury, he’s been running, cutting and carrying the ball without limitation this week at Georgia’s practices.The only thing he hasn’t done is absorb hits. That’s the next, and potentially final, test. But Chubb’s availability for the season opener against North Carolina – once considered a long-shot – is now approaching a certainty.“I am who I am,” Chubb said after Wednesday’s practice. “I feel good. I have my teammates with me. So just emotionally and mentally the support is there. I feel good.”Chubb admitted that some of the things he’s been able to do – squatting and running, for instance – have surprised him.“But I’m doing everything I used to do,” Chubb said."
In other news, 247Sports released its college football Top247 on Monday. The Top247 is a list which ranks top college football players in the country, and Chubb was ranked No. 26 overall. Despite his injury, he is still listed as the No. 4 running back in the country and No. 10 prospect in the SEC.