Georgia Bulldogs in the NFL: Nick Chubb Makes UGA Fans Proud with Dominant Performance
Numerous Georgia Bulldogs fans know that Hershel Walker is the SEC's all-time leading rusher. However, many don't realize that their own Nick Chubb is the second leading rusher in the history of the conference. Chubb compiled a robust 4769 yards as a Bulldogs star running back. He scored 44 touchdowns and averaged an impressive 6.3 yards per carry.
With the success that Nick Chubb had in the nation's best college football conference, it is no surprise that he is carrying that success over to the NFL. After being selected with the third pick in round two of the 2018 NFL Draft, Chubb began his rookie season as the backup running back for the Cleveland Browns. That did not last long, as he took the starting job for the last nine games of the season.
Nick had his true NFL coming out party against the home state Atlanta Falcons. He chewed up a career-high 176 yards against the Dirty Birds. He also found paydirt twice. Chubb displayed terrific power, often dragging Falcons defenders for an extra five yards after contact on runs. Yet he also showcased great agility and vision, jump-cutting into an open running lane before exploding through the line of scrimmage and into the secondary. The UGA legend finished his rookie season just four yards short of 1000 and just two touchdowns short of double digits, despite barely starting over half of his team's games.
Nick Chubb's arsenal was on full display once again the past Sunday. He exploded for 165 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. He ran through defenders with fierce power and made would-be tacklers miss with remarkable agility.
Chubb unveiled a new gear of speed that few people knew he possessed. He shot out of the Cleveland backfield like a rocket for an 88-yard touchdown run with a little over nine minutes remaining in the ballgame. Astoundingly Nick reached a peak speed of nearly 22 miles per hour on the explosive run. That is the fastest recorded speed of any NFL touchdown thus far in 2019.
One of the most impressive things about his big day this past week was that it came at the expense of the Baltimore Ravens' defense. Their defense is notorious for shutting down their opponent's running game and has been for years. Coming into the game, the Ravens had allowed only 181 yards on the ground for the season. Chubb almost matched their season total coming into the game, and he nearly tripled their yards allowed per contest. Afterward, he received great accolades from his coach Freddie Kitchens and rightfully so.
Nick Chubb was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his extraordinary showing. It is great to see a player with his level of humility, work ethic and selflessness rise to the top of his profession. The ascension of Nick Chubb also further cements UGA's claim as the true Running Back University. Georgia Bulldogs fans are not surprised at how well Nick Chubb is doing in the NFL, but they certainly are proud