One day after lavishing praise upon Georgia running back Nick Chubb, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason was back at it, calling Chubb the Bulldogs’ “bell cow” while admiring the team’s balance at the position.
“It’s a three-headed monster,” Mason said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. “Obviously, Chubb is the main ball carrier, and I think when you look at his yards per carry, you know why. He is the bell cow. But they’re all three capable of doing damage.”
The Commodores run defense was excellent in a 14-12 loss to Western Kentucky last Thursday, allowing just 37 yards on 23 carries for a 1.6 average.
But Chubb, Keith Marshall and Sony Michel are a much different proposition.
The trio combined for 234 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s 51-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe. And the No. 10 Bulldogs are guaranteed to force the ball between the tackles on Saturday afternoon in Nashville.
Vanderbilt will counter with Ralph Webb, who piled up 907 rushing yards and four touchdowns last year before posting 70 yards on 18 carries last Thursday.
On Tuesday, offensive lineman Jake Bernstein claimed that he would take Webb over Chubb “any day,” adding that “he’s Vanderbilt’s running back, and he’s going to get it done.”