The reason is probably what you could have expected given the injuries at the position.
“Probably just the fact that we’re running out of them,” coach Mark Richt said. “We’re running out of those dudes.”
Georgia is already without freshman tailback Sony Michel, who is expected to be out for an extended period with a shoulder injury. Junior Keith Marshall will miss his second straight game with ankle and knee injuries and redshirt freshman A.J. Turman remains out with a foot injury.
The only other scholarship tailback is Brendan Douglas.
Richt said the defensive coaches actually requested Gurley and Chubb be held out contact.
“Because they want to win,” Richt said.
He said Gurley and Chubb health-wise are “fine.” Chubb underwent surgery for a broken thumb two weeks ago, but has continued to play.
Georgia is averaging 300 yards a game rushing, ninth in the nation.
Heisman Trophy frontrunner Gurley leads the SEC in rushing and is sixth nationally, averaging 152.5 yards per game. Chubb has rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, a 6.3 per carry average.
Gurley needs just 34 yards to move into No. 3 on Georgia’s all-time rushing list past Lars Tate (3,017 yards). That would leave only Herschel Walker (5,259) and Garrison Hearst (3,232) ahead of him.
His 16 100-yard rushing games is tied with Hearst and trails only Walker’s 28.
“We’re honored to be in there blocking for him,” tight end Jay Rome said, “opening up some holes for him.”