ATHENS - Is this the year a Georgia player wins the Heisman?
It felt that way midway through last season with Todd Gurley running, catching and throwing his way to the front of the Heisman line in early October. Then his autograph-signing scandal all but knocked him from a path to New York.
So what of Nick Chubb’s Heisman chances this fall? Can he be the third running back in Georgia history to take home the most prestigious individual prize in college football?
In a word - yes.
But there is always a but.
Chubb is going to have to stay healthy; Georgia is going to have to be good; the Dawgs get Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia Tech, so the path is there for Chubb to make his move, but too many losses will keep Chubb from picking up the bronze statue.
I’ve been a Heisman voter since 2005, and I can tell you that running backs have a way of capturing the imagination of college football’s audience in a way that a quarterback can’t. Signal callers can lose games for their team with interceptions - running backs can go win a game, but rarely can they lose it.
Nick Chubb is positioned well. If he keeps his health I’m pretty sure he will be one of the three players I vote for to be in New York in December. If Georgia is relevant and Chubb is healthy he will be in the running, and as we saw last year - all Nick Chubb runs pretty well.