On Nick Chubb’s final carry inside Sanford Stadium against Kentucky on Nov. 18 of last year, Georgia’s second all-time leading rusher broke away for a 55-yard touchdown, completely burying the Wildcats and further solidifying his status as a Bulldog legend. While the run was meaningful in terms of the legacy Chubb leaves behind in Athens, fans likely did not realize they had seen history. Nick Chubb’s run set a record for the fastest speed attained by any person carrying a football at any level in all of 2017.
“We wear a GPS system, and he ran a 22.3 miles-per-hour on that run,” Sony Michel said of Chubb’s dash a few days later on Nov. 21.
Assuming Michel wasn’t exaggerating, the 22.3 m.p.h. mark is an impressive one.
Chubb was moving fast enough to be ticketed in some suburbs or narrow back roads. It is also a quarter mile per hour faster than the 22.05 m.p.h. reached by former LSU and current Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette during a 90-yard scoring run against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fastest speed of any NFL ball carrier this past season according to the New York Times.
Michel reported his own fastest speed in the game against Kentucky, topping out at 22 m.p.h. flat on a 37-yard touchdown off a draw play late in the first half. That mark would have been the second-fastest by any player carrying the ball in the NFL this season, making him two hundredths of a second speedier than another former Bulldog running back, Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley.
Speed has become a recent trademark of Georgia football players.
As mentioned above, Gurley notched the second fastest speed of any offensive player in the NFL last year. Chris Conley, currently with the Kansas City Chiefs, ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL scouting combine, the third fastest by any receiver that year. A year later, Keith Marshall’s 4.31 was the fastest 40 time of any running back at the combine.
But if Michel’s self-reported numbers are to be believed, the quickest Bulldog football players have yet to make their NFL debuts.
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