In his freshman season Georgia running back Nick Chubb looked just as good as his teammate and future first round pick Todd Gurley. Coming into 2016 he was on the shortlist for Heisman Trophy favorites after an injury cut his sophomore season short last year. However, after a disappointing year in Athens with late heartbreaking losses to Tennessee and Vanderbilt at home Chubb could be heading to the NFL after the season ends later this month.
In Georgia’s first game against North Carolina Chubb jumped to the front of the Heisman talk by rushing for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for him SEC defenses keyed in on him and held him under a hundred yards rushing in seven of the Bulldog’s last nine games. In two games against Vanderbilt and Florida last month he had a total of 60 yards combined.
Yesterday Chubb talked about the disappointing season after practice.
It sounds like Chubb is on his way to the NFL after the Georgia Tech game next week but one things might be enticing him to stay, breaking Herschel Walker’s rushing record at UGA. Chubb is currently fourth in school history with 3,086 yards. By the end of the season he will likely surpass Gurley at #2.
That record sounds pretty important to Chubb and his family.
“I try not to think about it, but, you know, social media people tag me in it. My mom is excited about it. People tell me about it all the time. It’d be an honor to get up there, be one of the top backs at the University of Georgia. Herschel Walker’s way ahead but hopefully I get everybody else. If I do it would be truly a blessing.”
If Chubb does come back for his senior year he would likely surpass Walker’s record by the end of 2017 as long as he stays healthy. Unfortunately for Chubb he knows all about being injured and having a season cut short. Last year Chubb was injured against Tennessee in October and missed the rest of the season.
Most draft analysts have Chubb projected as a second round pick. When he’s healthy he is one of the best running backs in the SEC. With Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook ahead of him on most draft boards Chubb will likely slide to the second round. There is still time for him to finish the season strong and look dominant in a bowl game to change scouts mind going into the Combine in February. With a strong showing there it’s possible to jump into the latter part of the first round. AFC North teams would hate to see Chubb in the backfield in New England behind Tom Brady.
We will have to wait and see what Gurley will do. If I had to put money on it I’d say he’s going to the NFL.