In a little bit of a surprise, Nick Chubb met with the media yesterday.
Then again, at this point, I’m not sure anything Chubb does should come as a surprise. And I don’t think it’s unrealistic at all now to be optimistic about Chubb’s chances to contribute in the opener, as it’s hard for me to think Kirby Smart would let him interview if it were still a very unlikely possibility.
To watch Chubb on Georgia’s practice field is to say the qualifiers “maybe” and “hopefully” can be removed. Beating all reasonable expectations set last October, when Chubb suffered the gruesome knee injury, he’s been running, cutting and carrying the ball without limitation this week at Georgia’s practices.
The only thing he hasn’t done is absorb hits. That’s the next, and potentially final, test. But Chubb’s availability for the season opener against North Carolina – once considered a long-shot – is now approaching a certainty.
“I am who I am,” Chubb said after Wednesday’s practice. “I feel good. I have my teammates with me. So just emotionally and mentally the support is there. I feel good.”
Chubb admitted that some of the things he’s been able to do – squatting and running, for instance – have surprised him.
“But I’m doing everything I used to do,” Chubb said.
Emerson goes on to say that Chubb starting against North Carolina is “an increasingly likely scenario”. If so, what a story. And I can only imagine the crowd reaction in the Dome if that turns out to be the case.