Kirby Smart explains why you’re unlikely to see Nick Chubb, Sony Michel in backfield together

Georgia tailback Sony Michel (1), tailback Nick Chubb (27)
(Photo by Cal Powell)

With Nick Chubb and Sony Michel both returning for their senior seasons, Georgia has one of the most exciting ground games in college football. For some Bulldogs fans, it’s exciting to think about the possibilities of putting both 1,000-yard rushers on the field at the same time. UGA coach Kirby Smart, however, says there’s a downside to having two ball-carriers in the backfield.

“I do think you have to be careful because as defensive coordinator, I prefer to see those two guys together because one of them doesn’t have the ball,” Smart told Anthony Dasher of UGA Sports. “When one of them doesn’t have the ball, I always say what’s the other one doing – is he a professional blocker? Does he know how to block, does he know how to go out and block in space, block people and cut people?”

Neither Chubb nor Michel were rated 5-star running backs because of their blocking.

“That’s the not the best thing they do,” Smart added. “If they don’t have the ball that’s really all they’re doing, so we want some packages for them together, and they do block well, they’re willing to, but that’s not what they do best. They’re best with the ball in their hands and we’re finding ways to get them the ball. We’ll have some packages for them together, and we’ll see if we can create some things from that.”

For more on how Georgia’s running game, Dasher’s full article can be viewed here.

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  • FWIW, Nick was a 4-star and Sony was a 5.

    Nick at TB, Sony in the slot, and Nauta lined up at TE – a pretty puzzle for a DC.

  • Smart doesn’t sound too smart.

  • Until Kirby Smart can find his butt with both hands UGA will be almost good.

  • What he’s forgetting is that he can use Michel as a slot receiver, like Richt did in 2014

  • Too bad he wasn’t thinking like this on the 4th & 1 at the end of the Vandy game. Put Chubbs’ hand in the dirt as a blocker to run 170lbs McKenzie with the ball.

    Smart told Anthony Dasher of UGA Sports. “When one of them doesn’t have the ball, I always say what’s the other one doing – is he a professional blocker? Does he know how to block, does he know how to go out and block in space, block people and cut people?”