If there is one position that the Bulldogs don’t have to worry about entering the 2014 season, it would have to be the running back position.
And it hasn’t been a concern since 2012 when Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall burst onto the scene and lead the Bulldogs to the SEC title game. It's obvious that the Bulldogs want to the keep the position going because they signed Sony Michel and Nick Chubb back in February.
Michel and Chubb are two of the 10 best running backs in the country according to 247Sports, and both have a chance to repeat the success that Gurley and Marshall had two years ago. With that being said, Gurley and Marshall are still with the team, and they are both coming back from injuries they suffered last year.
So the question is will Michel and Chubb see action this season or will they take the redshirt?
Another question is will one player see action and another be redshirted? If so, who?
In order to figure out what will happen with Chubb and Michel, there has to be an analysis of the two. Here’s a comparison of the two according to 247Sports:
|Comparing Michel and Chubb|
|Name||Height||Weight||247 Rating||247 Ranking in Nation|
|Sony Michel||5'11'||210||5 Stars||No. 3|
|Nick Cubb||5'10''||225||5 Stars||No. 6|
So there’s very little separating the two because both players have the ability to contribute right away. And both players will have the opportunity to prove themselves when preseason practice begins next month.
The thing is that Michel and Chubb are not going to beat out Gurley. He is a preseason All-American and a Heisman candidate. And they probably won’t beat out Marshall who is just as talented as Gurley and is looking to bounce back from an ACL injury.
Then there are Brendan Douglas and A.J. Turman. Douglas rushed for 345 yards in limited action, and Turman was arguably the best running back in spring practice as he scored twice in the spring game.
If the Bulldogs remain healthy at running back, Michel and Chubb will likely both redshirt, and it won’t be because they aren’t talented enough to play. It will be because the coaches will not need them to play because of the depth at running back.
However, if one or two of the running backs get hit with the injury bug, there’s a very good chance that either Michel or Chubb will see action—whoever has the better camp will likely get the nod.
When preseason practice begins, both Chubb and Michel will get a lot of attention from the coaches, players and the media because the expectations for them will be high. However, because the depth at running back is so strong, there will not be a ton of pressure on them to contribute right away, and that is a good thing.