As Nick Chubb and Sony Michel finish their stellar careers, they join a long list of talented Georgia rushers at the modern-day “Tailback U.” Chubb and Michel will finish second and third, respectively, on the school’s career rushing list, behind only the incomparable Herschel Walker.
Their accomplishments sparkle even more considering the current trend toward running back-by-committee, with teams using two, three and sometimes even more runners to provide fresh legs throughout games. Recall that the 2014 Georgia backfield included not only Chubb and Michel, but also Todd Gurley, now an NFL star who was second to Walker in career rushing yards when he left Georgia. So, three of the top four rushers in school history were part of the same backfield, an anomaly perhaps unmatched among big-time programs.
Gaudy stats aside, where do Chubb and Michel rate as running backs in school history? Any such list is subjective, and should include more reflection on what the player meant to the program than simply perusing the list of top career rushers.
Here is one person’s opinion, in reverse order from 12th to first.
12. Knowshon Moreno
The buzz: The New Jersey native captivated Bulldogs fans with his quickness and high-flying dives for the end zone, amassing 2,734 rushing yards in just two seasons. After redshirting in 2006 and playing just two seasons in Athens, Moreno still was in the top-five list of career rushers at UGA by the time of his departure for the NFL.
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