Herschel Walker saw Nick Chubb play in person a couple of times last season, but Georgia’s 1982 Heisman Trophy winning running back said he didn’t speak with the Bulldogs 2015 Heisman Trophy candidate before Thursday because he didn’t want “to take him out of his zone,” on gameday.
They got a chance to talk with Walker in town for an appearance with former Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley at the UGA high school coaching clinic.
Chubb rushed for 1,547 yards in 2014, which trails only Walker’s 1,616 in 1980 for a Georgia freshman.
“You’ve got to want to watch Chubb,” Walker said. “This kid came on as a freshman. Just think if he had started the whole season what he could’ve done. And that’s what’s so amazing, if he had started the whole season and he came up out of the season as healthy as he did. Now one thing that I like about him is the game is over, practice is over, and the kid is still out there doing work.”
Walker was being escorted around the practice field Thursday by athletic department staffer Mike Cavan, who recruited Walker out of Wrightsville.
The game has changed since then.
“When you see football today, you see a choir playing at running back,” Walker said. “You see about 10 guys running in and out of the game. This guy (Chubb) carried the ball 30 some times. That is absolutely amazing. That shows you the worth that he is. I’m amazed.”
Chubb last season had 38 carries against Missouri, 33 against Louisville and 30 against Arkansas. Walker also had three games his freshman season with at least 30 carries.
“The ball is a little bit heavier now,” Walker said. “I think the Patriots are the only ones that think it’s not as heavy.”
Another support staffer on board
Georgia’s newly created position of Player Relations Coordinator for Defense has been filled someone who was at Florida State when Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was there.
Brian Williams served as a defensive quality control assistant for the Seminoles the past two years. He was a defensive coordinator at Godby High in Tallahassee before that.
Former Georgia and NFL offensive lineman Jonas Jennings is the Player Relations Coordinator for Offense.
Fenteng back in secondary
Shattle Fenteng is back practicing at cornerback after being sidelined last season with a shoulder injury.
“Shattle is getting back in the flow,” safety Quincy Mauger said. “I know he’s hitting again so that’s a good sign. I know his shoulder is feeling better.”
Pruitt is trying to get the most out of the junior college transfer, even reminding Fenteng during practice Thursday that five more defensive back signees will roll in this summer. Early enrollees Jarvis Wilson and Johnathan Abram are already in the mix.
Fenteng saw action last season in the opener against Clemson on special teams, but the injury from the preseason ended up shelving him for the season.
This and that
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and former Georgia defensive standout Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers are featured speakers today at the coaches’ clinic. High school coaches Rush Probst (Colquitt County), Jess Simpson (Buford), Hal Lamb (Calhoun), Mitch Jordan (Mt. Paran), Kevin Kinsler (Northside), Danny Britt (Benedictine) and David Daniell (Hawkinsville) are also slated to give talks Friday …Georgia holds its first spring scrimmage on Saturday. UGA says statistics won’t be provided to the media afterwards.