Opposing coaches have gushed plenty over UGA running back Nick Chubb this season, but Alabama coach Nick Saban was particularly full of adjectives on Monday afternoon.
“Nick Chubb is very strong,” Saban said. “Physical. Fast. Explosive. He’s got power. So he is a complete back in every sense of the word. He’s effective in their screen game, so you can’t discount him as a receiver in any way, shape or form. This guy is by far the best back we’ve played against all year long.”
Chubb (along with LSU’s Leonard Fournette) is perhaps the front-runner for this year’s Heisman Trophy after racking up 599 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns through Georgia’s four wins.
But the Dawgs do not need to rely on Chubb to put up points. Saban also gave shoutouts to UGA quarterback Greyson Lambert and backup running back Sony Michel.
“Greyson Lambert has done an outstanding job for them at quarterback,” Saban said. “Very efficient. One of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country. He’s created a tremendous amount of balance for them because they do have one of the best running games in the country.
“Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are both outstanding players. Both have been very, very productive for them … They’ve got a lot of weapons.”
The Crimson Tide have not played against a “physical” team like Georgia since beating Wisconsin in Week 1, according to Saban.
The key to victory will be a cohesive effort from the defense.
“All those things present challenges,” Saban said. “I think it’s going to take 11 guys doing their job well to play well against a team that has as many weapons and as much balance as Georgia does.”
Saban on Georgia: "There's no place that you can say 'We don't need to play well against this team.'"
— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) September 28, 2015