2. Georgia’s Nick Chubb
Particulars: 5-10, 228 pounds, senior
Recruiting background: 5-star prospect in 2014 signing class, from Cedartown (Ga.) High
The skinny: When he’s at his best, there are few running backs nationally better than Chubb. While he rushed for 1,130 yards last season, he still didn’t seem all the way back from the severe knee injury suffered midway through the 2015 season. Before that injury against Tennessee, Chubb had rushed for 2,292 yards and 21 TDs on 310 carries in 18 games – 127.3 yards per game and 7.4 yards per carry. (He was the second-team back in five of those games, too.) Though he played in all 13 games last season, he played through injuries and didn’t have the same burst. Everybody says he’s all the way back this season, and if he is, he’s going to finish his career No. 2 on the SEC rushing list, behind only Herschel Walker. Chubb enters the season 17th in SEC history, with 3,424 yards. A 1,000-yard season puts him fourth and a 1,167-yard season puts him second.
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