Holding it Down

One could say Nick Chubb is getting the job done while Gurley remains inactive.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Many expected the call of the Hogs to dominate the stadium on Saturday, but “Nick Chubb on the carry” sounded throughout the speakers at War Memorial 30 times, easily outnumbering the Arkansas chant.

For the second week in a row, the freshman running back has been an offensive keystone for two impressive SEC wins, filling the Todd Gurley-sized shoes left in wake of the recent suspension.

“We are down on backs and I have to step up. Everything has been great over the last two weeks and I’m ready to run some more,” Chubb said.

Chubb worked a two-touchdown, 127-yard first half. In that, he outran the combined Arkansas rushing offense, which houses Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins, the No. 4 and No. 6 rushing leaders in the SEC.

In the second half, Chubb broke the 200-yard mark and finally shared the job with sophomore Brendan Douglas with just over three minutes left on the clock. Until then, Chubb was the only tailback with a carry.

Chubb put up a career-high 202 yards against the Razorbacks, one week after breaking out for 143 yards against the Missouri Tigers. As of Vanderbilt, the last game previous to his suspension, Gurley was averaging 154.6 yards per game.

After a night displaying his talent, Chubb showed his team-centric mentality when he credited the Georgia defense, offensive line and his fellow running backs with their ability to contribute to the win.

Gurley’s suspension may have shocked the college football world, but Chubb’s ability to fill the role hasn’t surprised cornerback Damian Swann.

“Nick’s going to be special. We know that,” Swann said. “He’s taken on a very big load and he’s handled it well.”

Swann said his confidence in the young tailback stems from preparation, at practice and in the weight room, which he has seen from day one. Head coach Mark Richt counted even farther back for his ability.

“[Chubb’s] very, very tough physically and mentally. He’s strong, but I think he came from a high school (Cedartown) where they’re just tough,” Richt said. “He wasn’t one of those where you can sit there and say he was given anything because was a good football player. He had to earn it every day in practice and in every offseason workout.”

Chubb has carved his role as the No. 1 tailback in Gurley’s absence and has made himself a household name for Bulldog fans. Although the Gurley comparisons flatter the freshman, Chubb is quick to say that he has not replaced Gurley.

“I’m just playing hard and holding it down until Gurley gets back,” Chubb said.

While there is no ruling on when or if Gurley will be back this season, Chubb has proven he is more than just a name on the depth chart.


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