Running backs: a reader poll

Nick Chubb’s feelin’ good, like he knew that he would.

Chubb said he scored two touchdowns in the scrimmage, but more signficiant than the scores was the first hit he took from outside linebacker Johnny O’Neal.

“The hard part was mentally,” Chubb said. “Just taking that first hit and deciding, ‘I’m ready. Let’s go.’”

He added: “When it happened, I just was making sure my body wasn’t bending any other ways. It was good.”

Chubb wasn’t thrilled that officials were blowing the plays dead early when he was the ball-carrier because he “wanted to feel like I was with the team and play and get tackled to the ground and play live just for myself.”

He said “getting tackled a couple of times,” helped his knee in the return.

His father, a cousin and an aunt were there watching an important day for Chubb.

Chubb said he’s still working to get his speed back to the level he was at last season when he rushed for 747 yards and seven touchdowns in only five games (plus that one carry). He’s doing it now while wearing a brace on that left knee.

“It’s just different running with that thing, but I feel good when I have it on,” he said.

He said there wasn’t any swelling after the scrimmage and he “felt better, just the mental part. …After that scrimmage I felt more confident in myself and my teammates and just everyone around me.”

Unfortunately, it does not seem the same can be said for his backfield mate Michel.

Sony Michel’s status still appears unchanged based on what head coach Kirby Smart had to say during an appearance on 680 The Fan.

After giving an optimistic take on fellow running back Nick Chubb, who is “pointing in that direction” to return to the football field against North Carolina, Smart seemed less enthused about Michel’s status.

Michel has been wearing a black non-contact jersey in practice and was most recently wearing a wrap around his arm. Michel sustained an open fracture to his left forearm in an All-Terrain Vehicle accident on July 3.

In recent practices, Michel has taken hand-offs and caught passes in individual drills.

But Smart said Michel hasn’t been getting much work in team situations, which was also evidenced by sticking to conditioning work during last Saturday’s scrimmage.

“I don’t know if he’s getting more reps,” Smart said. “He’s not able to carry the ball yet. It’s a step by step process for him. We don’t know where he’s going to be.”

At this point, I’m taking that as a no-go for the opener.

At least it appears that Georgia will get some contributions from the true freshmen, as Chubb indicated that he’s impressed with what he’s seen from Holyfield and Herrien.  There’s also the reliable Brendan Douglas to toss in the mix.  But I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to see a sizeable gap between what a healthy Chubb brings to the table and what the other three might bring — and we still don’t know how healthy Chubb is yet.

Which means it’s time for a reader poll.

 

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37 responses to “Running backs: a reader poll

  1. Dawg_Dave

    I’m thinking Nick Chubb is ready to take the bulk of snaps. I’m in between who will take the most second, BD or Holyfield. They each bring something to the table. I see Herrian with one maybe two carries. Sony with none, no need to rush him. We will run a lot and they’ll be plenty of carries to go around.

    • Uglydawg

      Douglas is almost exclusively a north/south pounder. IF the offensive line is strong and can keep a hole open long enough for him to get through and build a little steam, he will put the hurt on defensive backs..but the offensive line is a huge “IF”. If holes close fast, a back needs to have the start out speed to get through it anyway..or at least pop it outside. If the defense has no fear of the passing game, BD has little chance to get into the secondary where he is a steam roller. The other consideration is how good a pass blocker a back is. BD has been in the program a long time and should be good at picking up the pass rush. And other considerations are being able to catch a pass out of the backfield and of course, ball security.
      It’s great to have so many options at RB..and I still contend that it’s great to have options at QB…All three of them bring good things and weaknesses, but the weaknesses are addressable…the skill level is very good.
      Good grief…it’s almost time to hunker down !

    • PTC DAWG

      If BD is toting the rock a lot early, gonna be a long year.

  2. W Cobb Dawg

    Tae Crowder? Figured we might see him before newbees Holyfield and Herrien.

    • Fair point, but I haven’t heard much about him in August.

      But I went ahead and added him to the poll.

    • dawgtired

      I’m curious as to why its so quiet about Tae. Either he is not doing well or is banged up. I thought he looked good in the G-day game. He has the size to be an SEC back. Before the happy talk about Chubb, I was expecting Tae to get the bulk of carries…now its all quiet on him…and if history repeats itself, we won’t see much of him. There’s a reason for the silence.

    • PTC DAWG

      CMR stole BD and TC from Ga Southern…

      • Charles

        BD was taken from Tech, actually.

        • JonDawg

          You beat me to it.. IIRC Douglas was a 2 (TWO!) Star RB by most recruiting services

          • Sh3rl0ck

            He was rated a two star based on two factors:
            1. He went to a private school in Augusta that does not play against quality opponents. It was hard for some to gauge his talent. Those of us who saw him play knew that he deserved an extra star.
            2. He is a white guy, so the rating services assumed that he would be moved to fullback. Fullbacks do not get more than two starts.

        • PTC DAWG

          I know…. 🙂

      • JonDawg

        He stole Brendan Douglas from The Genius , not Ga Southern.

  3. I honestly do think Chubb totes it more than any other back, which is a huge change for me personally as I felt he wouldn’t (or even shouldn’t) play all year around Feb or so. But I am also a bit leary of those who think Chubb’s going to be the same back. I’m not writing it off, but until I see him hit the hole or do his jump cut I’ll be skeptical.

  4. MGW

    I’d be surprised if Chubb didn’t play. I’d also be surprised if he carried more than about 15 times. I think they’ll sub early and often in case we need him late in the game. Probably sub Douglas in first; reliable pass blocking (especially if Eason is in there) and good enough running if the line holds up. That said, I expect to see Holyfield in there if only to see what he can do. I think they’ll favor Douglas, but if there’s no spark, Holyfield will see the field a good bit, too.

  5. Jack Klompus

    I broke my radial bone like Sony, but didn’t have surgery. Had a cast for 3 days after visiting the ER and then the Ortho Surfeon took it off so I could work on my range of motion. Apparently, if you don’t do that, the bone heals in a way that you can’t twist your arm very far. Guessing that’s why Sony’s came off relatively quickly, but that the bone is still healing. It hurt like a motha anytime someone would bump into me.

    • dawgtired

      “It hurt like a motha anytime someone would bump into me.”

      ooh, sounds like Michel won’t be able to take helmets to that arm for a while.

      • Jack Klompus

        It was about 15 years ago that I did this, but I think mine took 8 weeks or so to heal- which would get him close to the first game- should definitely be back for MO with some PT in the Nicholls St game…let’s hope. Of course he’s probably had slightly better care then I did! Once it was healed, the pain was gone.

  6. MDDawg

    I’m hoping we don’t have to give the ball to Chubb 20 times. If the offensive line is improved, Brendan Douglas would do just fine. Still, if Chubb runs it about a dozen times, Douglas has about the same, and the others get thrown in there for a few carries each, I think that would be a pretty good mix.

    • Jared S.

      MD as in Doctor? or MD as in Maryland?

      And I feel the same. about mixing it up that first game. I’ve heard running backs (NFL) talk about how they usually need to carry the ball 12-15 times in a game before they really start to hit their stride and feel the rhythm of a particular game and start to make real gains. I don’t know how true that is, but I’ve heard it in radio interviews from at least two backs in recent years. One was Adrian Peterson.

      That being said, I think it would be incredibly risky and unwise to allow Nick to carry the ball more than 15 or so times in his first real game back. I really hope they ease him in over the first three games – even if Sony Michel is absent for one, two, or all three. BD is efficient, and I think either Holyfield or Crowder can get in and do some damage.

      If they give it to Chubb 20 times or more in that first game I think it will spell trouble. Either for his continued health, the state of our overall offense, or both.

  7. Uglydawg


    You’ve gotta watch this…this is absolutely in the top 5 UGA wins of all time.. Georgia beats#1 Florida 24-3 1985. What an O line and running backs.
    Munson’s commentary is great!

    • DawgFlan

      Thanks for finding and sharing this! Fantastic.

    • dawgtired

      Thanks Ud, its funny to hear them talk about UGA being the monkey on Florida’s back. It’s the other way around now.

    • Hank

      I remember storming that field! Great memory. Thanks for sharing!

    • Derek

      6 days!!!!

      (For those too young to know what this references, UF was #1 for the first time in school history when the polls came out on the Monday prior to the game. Yes, we had to wait until Monday to find out the polls back in the day. So we knocked them off 6 days later. One of the great wins in school history. The year before they had beaten us pretty badly.)

      • Red Cup

        The best part of the post game celebratoin was hearing the Senator shouting out “Kerwin Bell, MVP” at the top of his lungs at any Gator fan he saw.
        Still brings tears to my eyes.

        • Derek

          I’m a bit younger so my first wlocp was 1989. We were both pretty mediocre so it’s not a real memorable game except for the fact UF’s top two qb’s were suspended for betting on football. As I recall their bookie was a uga student. In any event UF had to start thier 3rd string guy, a kid named Donald Douglass I think. So we pull up to park and a gator couple pulls up along side.

          Everything was cordial until my buddy asked: whose your qb gonna be today?

          I had to interject: Donald Douglass whoever the hell that is.

          Then I look at the gator fans and say: ya think he’s got a bet on the game?

          They were done talking at that point. Drunk obnoxious Georgia fan indeed.

          Ray’s only win in the series. 17-10 as best as I can recollect.

  8. DawgFlan

    I think Chubb gets most of the carries that matter. BD will be used primarily for his pass blocking skills early in the game, with just enough carries and maybe a swing pass or two so that his presence in the game is not a tell for a pass. Holyfield and maybe 1-2 others get a few carries early, but unless we go up 2-3 scores, I don’t see Kirby relying on Freshman much at all. BD has had his security issues in the past, and they hurt us bad, but I have to believe he is going to be more reliable this year, and less likely than the new guys to drop it on the ground or completely wiff a block that gets our QB creamed.

  9. Charles

    Not only do I not have a sense of who would have the most carries, I have no confidence in any kind of rank ordering for number of carries between Chubb, Douglas, Herrien, or Holyfield.

    Chubb is obviously the most talented but can he really handle 20 carries or more? Douglas is experienced and knowledgeable, but I think he’s the least talented runner, and he’s had his own ball security problems at times. The two freshmen I think are going to be very good, better than expected, but can either pass block? Will they fumble? If Eason is in there, can we compound that inexperience with more inexperience?

    My bet would be on a rather even distribution of carries between three of these four backs.

  10. AusDawg85

    Chubb…3 carries, 3 TD’s. Douglas 20 carriers on final drive consuming last 12 minutes of 4th quarter.

  11. Chubb will see your 20 carries and raise you 10 more.