SEC Media Days: UGA Talks Upcoming Season
UGA WELCOMES BACK SONY MICHEL AND NICK CHUBB, KIRBY SMART READY FOR 2ND YEAR AS HEAD COACH
The chemistry between UGA running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb is on and off the field.
“This is our chance to try and lead our team and lead them to something great,” Michel said.
Last year, the two ranked in the top 16 in SEC rushing yards, combining for 1,970 yards on the ground.
With a duo like Chubb and Michel, you canʼt help but assume UGA will often keep the ball on the ground but figuring out how to play them both together in the backfield, can be challenging.
“Itʼs hard when youʼve got two good feature backs to find ways to use them together so youʼre a lot more limited at what you can do when you put them in,” coach Kirby Smart said. “But if theyʼre the best player and they can be effective catching balls out of the backfield and running routes and blocking people when they do run the ball, then weʼll find a way to do it.”
Thereʼs more to the UGA offense though than just the run game. Quarterback Jacob Eason returns with a year of SEC play under his belt.
Joining Eason is Jake Fromm, a freshman who isnʼt expected to secure that starting role, but will provide some much needed competition.
“Jacob, I think he needs to be pushed and I think Fromm, heʼs hungry and heʼs chasing it,” said Chubb. “So I think itʼll be a great quarterback whoever wins the job.”
As for coach Kirby Smart, itʼs his second year as a head coach after serving as Alabamaʼs defensive coordinator from 2008-2015.
His first year between the hedges was filled with last second losses, tight non-conference games, and an 8-5 overall record.
Players like Michel have already seen changes in coach Smart from when he first came to Athens and says his expectations keep growing.
“Iʼm excited about the challenges he brings upon his team to most of the leaders and just for our coach to be able to bring those challenges towards us, itʼs exciting because you know that the coach has faith in possibly accomplishing those goals.”
Goals that will be brought back to the field when fall practice kicks off soon.
Also of note, Sony Michel praising Brookestone alum Prather Hudson, calling him one of the hardest working running backs in the Georgia locker room. Meanwhile Roquan Smith praising Harris County alum Tae Crowder saying the new linebacker is going to be special after making the transition from running back.
The Dawgs kick off the season on Saturday, September 2nd against Appalachian State.