Chip Towers has some tasty Kool-Aid you can sample.

Damn it, man, I’m trying to keep my optimism about Nick Chubb in perspective and you come rolling along with this:

According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn PCL “typically takes six to 12 months.” There will have been 349 days  — or 10 months and 24 days — passed from the time Chubb went down in Knoxville and Georgia kicks off against North Carolina on Sept. 3rd.

There was also this from the AOSSM: “Although (rehabilitation) is a slow process, a commitment to therapy is the most important factor in returning.”

There are a couple of key words in that statement: “Typical” and “commitment to therapy.” Anyone who has witnessed anything Chubb has done would not apply the word “typical” to any of it. Any kid his size (5-10, 220) who squats 585 pounds like he was stopping to pick up a quarter is anything but typical.

And while UGA has been noticeably guarded and cryptic with its information regarding a specific timeline for Chubb’s return, enough people with direct knowledge his recovery have attested that it is going exceedingly well to believe that it is. He is said to have practically taken up residency in the Bulldogs’ training facility since his rehabilitation began three weeks after surgery. If one of the factors to successful recovery from such an injury is hard work, Chubb should meet that criteria, and then some…

Meanwhile, comments from Chubb and his inner circle, though similarly cryptic, continue to be positive. Whenever he is asked about it in public, Chubb just says “doing real good” and flashes that trademark grin. Asked recently about Chubb possibly getting back in time for the first game, his father Henry Chubb said, “Nick is doing very well. Working very hard. Hopefully he’ll be back.”

So while we really don’t know, there is mounting evidence that Chubb will be back in business this fall, and subtle indications it could be earlier rather than later.

Wouldn’t it be incredibly exciting to see Chubb suited up and ready to go in the opener… MUST… STOP… FEELINGS.

To be a Georgia fan over the past few seasons is to know disappointment.  Which isn’t to say I’m not keeping my fingers crossed, or refusing to believe if there’s anyone with the work ethic to overcome a serious knee injury in good time, it’s Nick Chubb.  I’m not gonna set a timetable on his comeback, though.  Let’s just leave things at get well as soon as you can, Nick.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

17 responses to “Chip Towers has some tasty Kool-Aid you can sample.

  1. Russ


    While I’d love to see Nick run against UNC, I’d prefer he have a long and successful career. I hope he doesn’t try to come back too soon.


    • Walt

      Back in perspective – didn’t Chubb also suffer cartilage damage and tear a couple other ligaments? How will this affect his recovery? Just asking as I have not opinions on this matter.


    • Macallanlover

      I hope we all feel that way Russ, he is a guy that does things the right way and is blessed with superior talent. But that timetable is more reason for encouragement than we have had before. It will be hard to keep him off the field, imo. I just hope he hasn’t lost any of his ability to cut and accelerate out of the cut. Dawgs are due for a few things to go our way and Nick is the most deserving of all.


    • Jared S.

      Yeah, I agree about hoping he doesn’t try to come back too soon. Young men like Chubb want to play, dammit! They can’t be trusted be completely objective about how ready they are, so it’s up to the doctors and coaches to temper his enthusiasm and make sure he’s 100% before he tries to return. I hope they take care of him.

      I was thrilled to see the St. Louis Rams take their time in getting Gurley on the field. I think they did it just right.


  2. Noonan

    I hope he suits up for his first game back against the Viles and rushes for 500 yards and 5 TDs.


  3. rchris

    Step 1: Nick Chubb is 100% by North Carolina.
    Step 2: Jake Eason proves to be an exceptionally fast study.
    Step 3: Tyler Catalina and Kendall Baker figure out how to play at an SEC level.
    Step 4: Thompson, Carter, Smith, and Rochester all play at the level of their HS hype.
    Step 5: The team peaks in December and January.
    Step 6: Nobody drops the NC trophy when they hoist it over their head.
    Now that’s some tasty Kool Aid!


    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      Oh, I hope you’re right about every one of these. However, the realist in me says that, objectively, the probability of all these happening at the same time is pretty low. But then, it’s preseason so we can still hope.


  4. Go Dawgs!

    If I see #27 jogging out to the huddle as the pre-game smoke clears in the Georgia Dome…

    … sorry, I got a little light-headed there for a second.


  5. RMI Dawg

    If Nick was my kid he wouldn’t play another down of college football. I worked on the Lloyd’s of London disability policy for Clowney who also had nothing to prove his last year of college. If Chubb shows up at the combine in good shape he will have a similar draft position as Gurley. He may move up a few spots if he rushes for 2000 but will that shorten his NFL career? I hope we have a great football team this year and I certainly want to beat UNC, et al, but who is looking out for the “student-athlete?”


  6. This is Nick’s 3rd year and he will be draft eligible. I really hate Tennessee’s field. Chubb and many of our other players through the years, should never have been put at risk on that awful cattle field.

    It is sad that we missed even one play of this great player and person’s eligibility.

    Good luck and Get well Chubb!!


  7. I can see him doing North to South straight in between tackle runs using a knee brace to prevent hyper extension of the injured knee at the opening. Making cuts in his runs will have to come later.


  8. CannonDawg

    It’s not unrealistic to think that Chubb’s recovery will be at least on schedule, if not ahead, given his work ethic. If there’s a part of this that gives me concern for this coming season, it would be the mental part in how comfortable he’s going to be going full speed in game conditions. His determination and youth work in his favor, for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes a while to return to the form he displayed pre-injury.


  9. Bright Idea

    A lot of Chubb’s recovery is up to the OLine. On his injury he had nowhere to go and when he bounced out they mauled him. He will need some room to gain confidence.


  10. JT

    Chip’s Math is off, maybe he meant 329 days.


  11. www

    Yep, his math is off.

    349 days is not the same as 10 months and 24 days.