Nick Chubb: "It is Always Nice to Play in Sanford Stadium"

ATHENS - Nick Chubb will be “available” this Saturday like he has been the last two scrimmages.

“We’ve been out there. We’ve been available. We’ve caught a lot of balls,” Chubb said of himself and fellow running back Sony Michel’s touches during the last two Saturday scrimmages in Athens. 

This coming Saturday - how much should Chubb and Michel expect to play? 

“That’s coach’s decision. I don’t know,” he said. “I will be out there ready.”

I do know Nick, and its not going to be very much - maybe a run-pass option; perhaps a throw to you in the flats so you can work on the “roadblock”, as coach Kirby Smart puts it, of catching the ball out of the backfield. 

Nick Chubb needs no more practice carries in college. We know what Chubb can do. We know what he’s capable of. Quiet and lovable, Chubb enters the final spring scrimmage of his college career with nothing to prove, and a lot to gain by not even warming up. 

What I would like to see, and a lot of other folks as well, is Chubb return to what he was before that fateful afternoon in Neyland Stadium. I was a few feet from where Chubb landed after he injured his knee. The yell he let out was painful to hear. I can not imagine the emotional and physical pain he was going through. It was gut wrenching - much worse than what Aaron Murray went through the night of his final game in Sanford Stadium. 

That moment was probably the end of the Mark Richt era. Things were never the same after that. The 2015 season went from bizarre (quarterback silliness) to surreal (needing overtime to beat Georgia Southern the week after winning at Auburn)… all the while Chubb watching from the sideline - often with the hood of his sweatshirt drawn over his head. 

Then Chubb dealt with the talk and expectations in the spring of 2016, the coaching change, then the summer and fall camp. He blistered North Carolina before settling in behind an offensive line that was probably as bad as we've seen in Athens in some time. 

2016 didn’t yield the results Chubb or the Bulldogs wanted, either. Keep in mind, too, that Nick Chubb, one of the greatest Bulldogs ever to slip on Silver Britches, has never played in a game where Georgia has defeated Georgia Tech or the Gators. He’s 0-4 in those games. To say he’s looking forward to those games this fall might be an understatement. 

That’s why this Saturday doesn’t matter in the least for Chubb. Then again he said this as his time with reporters broke up Tuesday night. 

“Sanford Stadium… the days are counting down where I can go out there on the field,” he said. “Its always nice to go out there.”

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