HOOVER, Ala. — Almost exactly while Georgia coach Kirby Smart was stating Nick Chubb is “a man of few words” at SEC Media Days on Tuesday morning, the running back was saying some in the next room that might raise a few eyebrows in the league, especially at Alabama.
Chubb concurred with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley’s recent proclamation that Georgia was the best school for the position in college football.
“I agree we’re Running Back U,” Chubb said. “Herschel Walker means a lot because he kind of set the foundation for us. Not only that, but there have been a lot of great running backs before and after, and a lot of great backs now and are coming in later because we have such a stable of backs.”
The Bulldogs also boast senior Sony Michel, sophomore Brian Herrien, sophomore Elijah Holyfield and freshman D’Andre Swift on this year’s roster.
Although Georgia has a very strong tradition at running back, including Knowshon Moreno, Rodney Hampton and Robert Edwards, it hasn’t won a Doak Walker Award for best running back since Garrison Hearst in 1992, and a Heisman Trophy since Walker in 1982.
Alabama, meanwhile, has had the position’s only Heisman winners — all within the past decade — with Mark Ingram Jr. (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015), and two Doak Walker winners since 2011.
LSU’s Derrius Guice led the SEC in rushing in 2016 with 1,387 yards, and Leonard Fournette was second the year before with 1,953 behind Henry’s 2,219.
Moreno was the last Georgia player to lead the SEC in rushing, in 2008
Chubb was second with his electrifying 1,547 rushing yards as a freshman in 2014. Coming off a horrific knee injury he had 1,130 rushing yards on 224 carries last season.
“At the end of the season I thought I was running full speed, but it was hard to tell because I thought it was as good as I was going to get,” Chubb said. “Now and during the spring I feel a lot better.”