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Kirby Waiting on Chubb's Return

ATHENS - UGA coach Kirby Smart is hopeful that RB Nick Chubb will be ready to play against North Carolina in the season opener on Sept. 3.

“Nick has been doing, for the last three months, what the team has done,” said Smart, who is entering his first season as head coach. "The big thing for Nick is putting a ball in his hands."

UGA is in a precarious situation in the offensive backfield. Chubb is returning from a season-ending knee injury that happened in October of last season. Fellow RB Sony Michel could miss the Carolina game as well after an off-the-field accident that left him with a broken arm. Compounding matters is that UGA has not named a starting quarterback - Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Eason are all competing for that spot. 

"Sony is going to be limited," Smart said.

Even though Chubb is returning from injury, he’s considered one of the top players in the SEC and the country. Las Vegas oddsmakers consider him one of the top candidates to win the Heisman Trophy. After Chubb’s departure, UGA’s up-and-down 2015 offense went into the tank for good, and the collapse cost Mark Richt his job in Athens. 

Chubb has run for 2,294 yards and 21 touchdowns in his 20-game career.

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