What should the Georgia Bulldogs expect from Nick Chubb?
The Georgia Bulldogs went through a rough season that saw them lose to multiple division rivals and struggle to beat schools that they would normally dominate. Part of those struggles were due to a diminished run game that struggled at times even with Nick Chubb added back into the fold.
Chubb finished the season with over 1,000 yards rushing but struggled in multiple games and didn’t look like the dynamic running back he was before the gruesome injury he suffered in the 2015 season. With the recent news that he will return to the Dawgs and not enter into the draft what should the Dawgs expect from Nick Chubb?
With an injury as difficult as Chubb’s was the recovery time to be back to full strength is over a year and even more when you are playing college football in the SEC. Chubb showed flashes of the dynamic big play machine that he was when he was paired with Gurley and early in the 2015 season.
Add in the fact that most of Georgia’s offensive line struggled last season and he was hit two and three times behind the line more often than not it is very likely we will see Nick Chubb look like the player he was before his injury.
Chubb has a great ability to run through contact as well as outrun the secondary. If he can get back to the explosive player he was before the injury the Dawgs could make the SEC interesting this season pairing Chubb with quarterback Jacob Eason.
Nick Chubb returned to the Bulldogs and rushed for over 1,000 yards less than a year after suffering one of the worst injuries to a Dawg’s player in recent memory. While he may have been missing his explosiveness at times by next season he should have full regained any speed and explosiveness that he was lacking last season.
It is also fair to note that the offensive line was a big part of the reason that Chubb wasn’t quite as explosive as well. The offensive line struggled to pass protect or to run the ball almost every game this season and is going to have to improve if the Dawgs hope to compete for the SEC next season. If they have a chance it will be because Nick Chubb returns as the explosive player he was in 2014.