Throughout the years, Georgia has been no stranger to producing top-quality rushers. The position’s pedigree speaks for itself, including names such as Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Terrell Davis and Knowshon Moreno, among others.
Currently, the Bulldogs have been enjoying the talents of soon-to-be juniors Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
With the arrival of Michel and Chubb, it appears the school has brought in its next wave of superstars at the position.
But there’s just one question: Which one will have the more successful career?
Breaking Down Michel
There’s a reason for the hype surrounding the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native.
An American Heritage High standout, Michel rushed for 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season. He also added eight receptions for 157 yards and two scores.
Not only does Michel possess the vision and speed to find holes at the second level, but he also has the ability to contribute to both the passing and return games.
That was all put on display during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month.
Michel made the most of his touches, taking three carries for nine yards and a touchdown. He also finished second on the East in receiving, catching two passes for 33 yards.
“I’m going in behind guys like Herschel Walker and Todd Gurley, two of the best running backs ever,” Michel said, per ESPN’s Damon Sayles. “I’m just going in and trying to put my name on the map like they did.”
The only knock on the 5’11”, 205-pounder is that he really isn’t a true power running back.
Watching his highlight tape, there are several instances when Michel seems to be tackled easily. Furthermore, he doesn’t seem to have as much success between the tackles as he does when he breaks inside.
That could be a problem in the physical SEC.
Breaking Down Chubb
Much like his counterpart, Chubb is also coming off a sensational high school career.
Over his last two seasons at Cedartown High, Chubb demolished the competition. He rushed for a combined 5,147 yards and a whopping 77 touchdowns.
Chubb’s breakaway speed and bruising power has kept opposing defenses on their heels. In what has become a common occurrence, the Cedartown, Ga., native has no trouble plowing through multiple defenders at the line of scrimmage.
His ability to take hits—and dish them right back—makes Chubb the prototypical running back to succeed in the SEC.
With such a resume, it’s assumed that expectations will be high for the 5’11”, 216-pounder.
“There’s always going to be pressure, and people are going to be watching to see if we can live up to it,” Chubb said, via Sayles’ report. “I’ve been doing this since I was young, and I’m going to continue doing it. I’m going to do my best.”
The only negative that can be pointed out is that Chubb doesn’t seem to have the knack for contributing in the passing game.
Over his three seasons playing in high school, Chubb only recorded four receptions for 52 yards. That includes failing to record a catch in his final two years.
That could put him at a disadvantage on a Georgia team that favors utilizing running backs in the passing attack.
Summing It All Up
There’s no doubt that both of these running backs will pad their stat sheets throughout their time in Athens.
But although Michel may have an opportunity to make an impact on the field more immediately through special teams, it will be Chubb that will enjoy the more successful career.
In a conference like the SEC, possessing brute power is almost necessary to succeed in the conference. In recent years, Gurley, Jeremy Hill, Eddie Lacy and Tre Mason can all attest to that.
Chubb could be the next name to join that list, making him a perfect short-yardage and goal line back for the Bulldogs.
It also helps that Chubb has the edge in speed over Michel. He runs a 4.47 40 compared to the latter’s 4.50.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not stating that one back is vastly superior over the other.
But if you had to take one, the best option would be Chubb.
All stats and recruit star rankings used in this article are courtesy of 247Sports .
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