When it comes to Nick Chubb’s chances at playing early this season, decades of Georgia fandom reinforces every skeptical instinct I have about that, and yet here’s Seth Emerson tempting me to rise above my innate pessimism:
Nick Chubb’s health is really the biggest football story of Georgia’s spring so far. Yes, he’s only been taking carries in non-contact drills, tending only to run straight ahead. That’s a long way from being able to change direction and get tackled in a real game.
But it’s also a long way from a couple months ago, when merely no longer needing crutches was the story.
Tae Crowder, the redshirt sophomore, also appears to have taken advantage of more reps this spring, with Brendan Douglas (wrist) also limited, and starter Sony Michel protected. Smart has been worried about not having enough healthy bodies at tailback, but that’s a short-term problem. It’s looking more likely that he’ll have his star back in some limited form for the start of the season.
Must… resist… hope… argh.