NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Nick Chubb is now only the eighth player in SEC history to run for over 4,000 yards in his career. He passed the mark while running for 138 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia’s 45-14 win at Vanderbilt.
The senior running back has now run for over 100 yards in two consecutive games this season. Saturday’s mark was his season high.
Chubb entered the game against the Commodores needing 96 yards to reach this career milestone. He says that he knew about the chance to reach the milestone in this game.
“I saw it on Instagram,” Chubb said. “I see it on things. But, I didn’t come out here to say I need so many yards to (reach) four thousand (yards).”
Chubb joins the likes of Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, Darren McFadden and former LSU running back Charles Alexander as players to reach this rushing total during their career’s in the SEC. The current UGA running back has constantly been connected to Walker as he tries to reach his total of 5,259 yards at Georgia.
The Bulldogs running back is flatted to be in this company. However, he says he’s more focused on trying to help this program reach their team goals.
“It means a lot,” Chubb said. “I’m just fortunate enough to be in the situation that I am. I’m just taking full advantage of it.”
Kirby Smart has developed a strong bond with Chubb since he becoming the Bulldogs coach in 2015. Smart said after the win that he is proud of Chubb.
“It’s pretty special, when you talk about the company that he is keeping,” Smart said. “Somebody said that he’s second in career (rushing) TD’s now, to I guess Herschel. I guess in career rushing attempts as well.
“It says a lot about his personality and his determination to bounce back from the injury he had and set some of those milestones. But I think Nick would be the first to tell you, that he gives credit to the offensive line for what they did today.”
Sony Michel has been with Chubb as long as any player or coach on Georgia’s roster. The two were part of the same signing class in 2014, and they both chose to return to school for one final season.
Michel is happy to see his good friend and roommate reach this mark.
“It’s awesome,” Michel said. “For him to go out there and achieve any accolades or success that he has? He earns it. He works hard for it and deserves it.”
Chubb is now 1,017 yards short of catching Herschel Walker to become Georgia’s all-time leading rusher.
He also moved into second place in career rushing touchdowns at UGA with his 37th.
The Bulldogs are enjoying their best start to a season since going 7-0 to start the 2005 season. They can match that number next week at home when Missouri comes to Sanford Stadium.
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