Okay, okay, so they’ll be missed a little…

Quite the legacy Chubb and Michel leave at UGA —

But note that Swift, in a back-up role to the two, has already made the list.

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25 responses to “Okay, okay, so they’ll be missed a little…

  1. Athens Dog

    The weird part is that no one is concerned. Including me.

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    • Macallanlover

      Count me in that group as well. And, confident of that position. If our OL wasn’t so improved that having to make that tough 2-3 yards because you were hit behind the line before you could get started, then I would be more concerned. Nick and Sony were great at getting those tough yards when needed, I just don’t think that happens very much in 2018. Sure an extra yard at the end of the run is danged important all game long but who is to say Swift and Holyfield won’t have that same fight in them? I am confident we will see impressive numbers in the run game, and even better passing yardage. And I don’t think it matters which running tandem, is in there. Going to be hard to hold the score down much in cupcake games, or finishing off any blowouts because our second group is very talented, and hungry to show out.

      Kool Aide, Kool Aide….Tastes Great!

      Kool Aide Kool Aide…..Can’t Wait!

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      • california_dawg

        Your optimism is comforting but I’m still concerned with the leadership those two brought that we’ll undoubtedly miss. Same goes with our defense, particularly the line.

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        • ugafidelis

          I don’t know… I completely understand what those two contributed to the program as a whole; but there’s a lot of talent left here. And there will be guys that now that they have tasted glory, they’ll want it so bad it will be like acid in their mouth. I think there is plenty of budding leaders on the team just waiting to bust out.

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        • Macallanlover

          Yes, that is something we don’t seem to have replaced yet. Kirby’s comments indicate that we are currently behind in that category for 2018, and they may be why we heard about some of the talented vets not putting enough effort in during the first week.

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      • For much of last season, I told my wife that D’Andre Swift was the best running back we had……. it’s a moot argument (I don’t even know if argument is the right word), and I’m happy the old Dawgs “proved me wrong” in seizing their immortality in the post season, but the fact that such a position even existed has me feeling fine and dandy.

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  2. Mayor

    If you include Todd Gurley that’s almost half the list. Gone but not forgotten.

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  3. JAX

    This is my primary concern if we’re talking only replacing running yards, not the aggregate offensive production because the pass game should be solid.

    You don’t simply replace two guys like Chubb and Michel. No one does.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Agreed. Sony Michel was a very good receiver, and an outstanding pass blocker.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Gurley was better than both Chubb and Michel, and they replaced him. I love what those two guys did over the course of their careers, and especially last season, but that’s life. Very few people are truly irreplaceable.

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  4. Hobnail_Boot

    Gurley. 2014. Damn.

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  5. CVegasDawg

    I have a 10 year old who loves Gurley but I can’t help but harbor some resentment for that season where he could have won the Heisman if he hadn’t been suspended.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      Direct your resentment toward the NCAA as well as McGarity. Greg sold out Gurley to protect Jack Baurele and the NCAA decided to penalize a kid for making a little money on his own signature. Plus, they could have settled for a 2 game suspension and let him come back for the WLOCP but refused. Also considering the best season at the top of that list was Gurley’s sub, it doesn’t appear like we lost much production.

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    • do not resuscitate

      How about Chubb’s 2015 season, pre-injury? I mean, 6 games, 750 yards, 8.1/attempt? He was headed for an all-time great season that year, it’s a shame what that Knoxville turf did.

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      • Macallanlover

        Don’t blame the turf on that play, the injury occurred as he was falling out of bounds. But you are right, we never saw the same Chubb again after that play. He made a valiant effort but his freshman year, and the start of that season, Chubb was phenomenal. Hope he gets some of that back in the NFL but there is a fine line between being good and great, that horrible knee injury may have been the difference maker. That was bad enough, but now he gets saddled with the Browns as a team. Kid is a winner though, he will give it all he has and never complain. Life will be good for Nick, and he will be good for everyone he comes into contact with.

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  6. When Georgia lost in overtime, it was these two guys that my heart went out to the most. If there were ever two players at UGA that deserved to be part of a National Championship Team, it’s these two…

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    • Cosmic Dawg

      I am beating a dead horse, but the number of carries for those two in the championship game were misallocated, imho.

      Seeing the chart above, for the season Sony got roughly 2 more YPC than Nick while recieving 1/3 fewer touches. There may be reasons for that (e.g. Sony better in pass protection) but I am more curious than annoyed why their touches were not more evenly distributed.

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      • The explanation I’ve heard is that they though they were going to get one more possession in the 4th quarter and they were saving Sony to try to run the clock out.

        Idk if I actually buy that, but it is at least someone plausible.

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  7. Dawg Vegas

    I forgot what a DGD Richard Samuel is

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  8. Watch out for a guy named D’Andre Swift. You heard it here first !
    #conventionalwisdom

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  9. I’d love to get back to 2002 level receiving production and depth. Look at all those names that were on the team in 2002 !

    https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/georgia/receiving.html

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    • Michael Johnson had like 25% of his career catches in the Greene-to-Johnson game.

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    • SSB Charley

      Man, talk about a rabbit hole where you can easily lose some hours. Just going through that chart, I was having trouble believing it had been so long since some of those players had been at Georgia. Like, Brett Millican was a freshman back in 1997? That doesn’t seem possible. Man, I’m old.

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  10. Yurdle

    Replacing the tough, inside yards scares me. Chubb and Sony both could make 0 into 2 or 3 into 5. Swift was still looking for the home run last season, and cost us a few memorable first downs. Holyfield is a stud, but how good is his vision and patience? Zeus is also a stud, but how solid is his knee? Cook seems willing, but he’s not 180 pounds. Is Fields our best short yardage back?

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    • Macallanlover

      In a word: no. Fields is not the power runner Tebow or Cam was, but a better passer. Don’t expect to see bodies flying backwards when it is 3rd and 4 and Fields keeps it inside with a LB waiting. Holyfield and a healthy Zeus is a better guess, imo.

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