Chubb Not Certain on Return

ATHENS - UGA RB Nick Chubb said Wednesday that he’s not sure if he will play against North Carolina in UGA’s season opener.

“I’m just taking things day by day,” Chubb said to a group of reporters. 

Today was Chubb’s first appearance before the media in nearly a year. The junior running back confirmed that he tore everything in his knee “except the ACL.”

He said he wasn’t sure when he will actually play this season - using a very cautious tone during the nearly ten-minute media session.

“I am taking it day by day,” he said. “When that day comes we don’t know. I am not looking that far ahead. I am just taking it day by day and see where I land.”

Bulldog fans are hoping Chubb will land in the end zone many times this fall. Coming off a tremendous freshman season, Chubb was a Heisman contender until he suffered a season-ending injury on the first play of UGA's 38-31 loss at Tennessee. From that point he sat helplessly on the sideline and watch his peers. The only game he missed in person, the loss to Florida, was "difficult to watch".

He also said he has heard often from former UGA running back Todd Gurley. 

"Todd has always been there for me even when he got in trouble my freshman year," Chubb said. "He messed his knee up. But he told me to trust me knee and that it's going to be OK, and to just trust it. (Todd's 2015 performance in the NFL) gives me a lot of motivation because we have the same doctor and he rehabbed here, too. If I can just follow his footsteps, because I am doing a lot of what he did, so hopefully I will be as good as him."

Gurley ended the 2015 season with 1,106 and ten touchdowns on the way to becoming voted to Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press.

Chubb is hopeful that he can put 2015 behind him and move forward to playing in the near future. 

"I just want to be with my team playing," he said. "I just have to accept what happened. I think I am tougher mentally. I didn't think it could happen to me, but it can. Keith Marshall told me that no matter how old I get or where I am at (the injury) is going to be the first question everyone asks... and that's true."


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