It takes a village to repair a knee.

Here’s a great story from Mark Schlabach about Nick Chubb’s recovery process.

Part of what’s amazing is all the different things that went into bringing him back.  And part, of course, is Nick Chubb.  When the two collide, here’s what you get:

Courson also used an experimental training method to help rebuild the muscles in Chubb’s left leg. For the first time, Courson used Kaatsu blood-flow restriction training to help a Georgia player recover from injuries. Japanese doctor Yoshiaki Sato invented Kaatsu training in 1966, but it wasn’t widely used in the U.S. until recently. U.S. skier Bode Miller used Kaatsu training to help him recover from a bad leg injury.

A thin, pressurized ban was wrapped around Chubb’s left leg to restrict the amount of blood flowing back to his heart. As a result, his injured leg was engorged with blood, filling his capillaries and muscle fibers while he worked out.

When Courson initially explained how Kaatsu training worked, he told Chubb that Georgia’s trainers were going to push him until he reached muscle failure.

“Do you know what that means?” Courson asked him.

“No,” Chubb said.

“He had never experienced muscle failure,” Courson said. “Our biggest issue was slowing him down. Some people do rehab; he attacked rehab. I told him early on, ‘Don’t come in here and just do your time. Get everything out of it you possibly can.’ He worked so hard.”  [Emphasis added.]

I doubt Courson really had to do much urging there.

You gotta love Kirby’s immediate reaction to seeing Chubb being Chubb.

When Courson sent Smart a three-second video of Chubb running a cones course, in which he was cutting and sprinting between the cones, Smart replied: “Should he be doing that?”

“I didn’t know,” Smart said.

Who would?  Hell, we watched Chubb’s work ethic for a couple of seasons and still doubted he’d make it back as quickly as he did.  But in the end,

Georgia’s coaches certainly weren’t worried about his overall strength. According to Courson, Chubb is still one of Georgia’s strongest players. He squatted more than 600 pounds (strength coaches wouldn’t let him lift additional weight) and he also had the longest broad jump and heaviest power clean lift of any UGA player.

“Nick takes his body so seriously that he was never going to be out of shape,” Smart said. “I think the guy was so aggressive in rehab that he came back stronger. He put on weight and he’s heavier. He seems just as fast.”

There’s only one thing left for Chubb’s villagers to do.

Chubb didn’t have as much success running behind Georgia’s revamped offensive line in his next two games. In a 26-24 victory over FCS foe Nicholls on Sept. 10, he ran 20 times for 80 yards with one touchdown. In last week’s 28-27 win at Missouri in the SEC opener, he ran 19 times for 63 yards.

On Saturday, Chubb hopes to write the next chapter of his remarkable comeback story at Ole Miss.

“It’s unreal,” Smart said. “The guy is not normal. His heart beats to a different drum than everybody else. People like him eat challenges. He needs it, wants it and desires it. If you put something in front of him, he’s going to handle it.”

Let’s get to blocking, o-line.



Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

47 responses to “It takes a village to repair a knee.

  1. Jeff Sanchez

    I ruffled a few feathers earlier saying something like this, but it’s criminal what our OC is doing to Chubb right now.


    • To be fair, some of that blame goes to predictable play calling and defenses completely locked in to stopping the run…but yea, I hear ya. 🙂


      • I’ll repeat what I said yesterday, which is “The passing game has to set up the running game”. The box will runneth over with 8 or 9 there until OM or any other team has to show more respect for the passing attack.


      • dubyadee

        The blocking has not been good and opponents have sold out on the run, But it is mostly about scheme. Most of Chubb’s big gains the last two years have come on cutbacks. He would read one or two defenders and if they crossed a certain line moving toward the point of attack, BAM . . . he would cut back and run to the space they vacated.

        This is not the current offensive philosophy.


  2. @gatriguy

    Hope we’ll pull some linemen and get him going off tackle more.


  3. Debby Balcer

    Living in SC now i see Lattimore news a lot i wonder if he would have recovered better under Ron Courson. I hope some NFL team does not come after him. I think he is an important part of our success on the field.


  4. Grathams replacement

    I remember all the doubters questioning Chubb’s knee after the 600 lb squat leaked out. An average OL would let Chubb rush for 1800+ yards.


  5. JAX

    This OL needs to get their shit together – I am specifically referencing Tyler Catalina. This isn’t Rhode Island.

    We have arguably the best backfield in the country, get your asses in gear OL!


  6. Bright Idea

    I always saw Courson as being overly conservative with all injuries. He must have recognized that Chubb was mentally and physically up to the fast track rehab. Congrats to both.


  7. that article made me cry….kinda like the song, “I’ll always Love My Momma”


  8. 69Dawg

    I’m still amazed by what we (UGA) must have done to get kicked in the nuts so many times by the Karmic Bitches. We have wasted and continue to waste more all world talent at RB than any team I’ve ever seen. Whether it’s the Oline or the OC, we just can’t seem to utilize the running back talent. If we are going to become a chuck and duck offense then so be it but damn what a waste.


  9. AusDawg85

    LOL to our resident experts “observing” that Chubb is not running the same. The kid’s fine, the blocking scheme and play calling are another matter.


    • Dawgwood

      Chubb was hit 12 out of his 19 attempts behind the line. That’s the problem. Chubb is going to Chubb, but he needs a little help.


  10. AthensHomerDawg

    ” Hard work beats talent when…”
    Hard work plus talent overcomes obstacles once believed to be insurmountable. Ive watched both Walker and Chubb. Lightning did strike twice Between the Hedges.


  11. Aunt Edna

    Sometimes I can’t understand why we continue to pay these coaches all that money when there are college football experts right here in this comment thread. Those dumb coaches just don’t know anything.


    • dawgman3000

      No kidding Edna


    • Jeff Sanchez

      So, why don’t you tell us why Chubb’s 100 yeard streak was stopped against Nichols and Missouri?

      I’ll hang up and listen.


      • dawgman3000

        Might it be because we lost 2 starters off of an o-line that wasn’t that good last season?


        • Jeff Sanchez

          Then, as I said earlier, how did he get 222 in the opener against UNC?


          • dawgman3000

            Just my opinion, but I think it is the combination of UNC not knowing what to expect from this new staff and Jacob Eason starting the next 2 games. Eason is limited due to just being a freshman therefore resulting in limited play calling by Cheney. Even though Lambert doesn’t pose much of a threat to throw down field, his knowledge and EXPERIENCE in checking in and out plays proved valuable for number 27. Its no coincidence that he hasn’t broken the 100 yard mark since Eason has been the starter. On top of that, BREAKING NEWS, the o-line is not very good at the moment.


      • Aunt Edna

        Because football always makes sense and teams always perform exactly as they should. There are no variables like emotion, fatigue, under preparation, etc that impact a teams ability to win.


  12. LamontSanford

    How did that squat conversation go?
    “No…Nick we are not going to let you squat more than 600lbs.”
    I like to think he threw those 600lbs across the weight room like the Hulk and said “**ck you guys then…I am going to eat some Cheerios.”


  13. Rocksalt

    I’m the kinda guy that eats challenges. The other day, a buddy said there’s no way I could eat two double whoppers. Had to dig down and find something new in myself…


  14. Ben

    It’s a good thing he’s so much stronger since he’s the best blocker we’ve got on the field right now.

    Seriously, though, great story. I hope the OL gets their stuff together and starts blowing some people off the line. This is Chubb’s last year with us, and he deserves to have it be a great one, not one where he’s relegated to keeping our QB from getting killed because our tackles can’t pick up a speed rusher on the outside.


  15. W Cobb Dawg

    Since he has no trouble picking up 600 lbs, I suggest “Bode” Chubb pick up Catalina with his free arm and use him as a battering ram.


  16. W Cobb Dawg

    And while chimp towers is doing a story bitching about the noise in our locker room, schlabach is actually doing research and coming up with something interesting. Does this leave any doubt why a coach would have disdain for a beat writer like towers?


  17. Ricky McDurden

    Be it play calling or line play, I think we can all agree that it is a crime against humanity that this metaphorical (literal?) horse is being kept stabled up.

    If you can’t get it together so this kid can do what God gave him the immense gift to do, turn in your jersey or whistle now and leave.


  18. Mark

    We’ve all either complained or agreed with the complaints about What goes on at BM…that being said, Courson is a treasure. He’s been UGA’s mvp for decades.


  19. Erk's Forehead

    Katsu? You mean they wrapped a breaded pork cutlet around his leg? Or is Kaatsu the Canadian band who everyone thought was the Beatles’ post-break-up incarnation in the 70s? At any rate, it worked, and Nick is magnificent.