Georgia’s tandem of running backs represented the school on day two of SEC Media days in Hoover, Ala. on Tuesday.
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel both fielded questions from reporters at the convention and were prompted several times to discuss why they decided to hold off on declaring for the NFL Draft.
Chubb spoke for both of the Bulldog ball carriers. “Sony is the guy that can do it all. He can catch the ball, run the ball, block. I can do that as well,” said Chubb. “He does some things better than I do and I do some things better than he does. We just really balance each other out and it’s a great way to play. We had both been talking and it made it so much easier to decide to come back when we found out we both wanted to come back and play our last year together.”
With both big named backs returning, there is a lot of hype around the Georgia backfield. Michel discussed how the duo is handling the hype.
He said, “The attitude is the standard is held high. Nick and I are seniors so we have been down this road before. This is not our first rodeo so we just have to take what comes with it, embrace it, and take it to the team and lead. This is our chance to try to lead our team and lead them to something great.”
Chubb returned from injury last season and burst onto the scene with 222 yards on the ground against North Carolina in Georgia’s season opener. His final numbers for the 2016 season resulted in 1,130 yards on the turf and eight sores.
Michel, the change of pace back, earned 840 yards and four scores by way of hand offs and brought in 22 catches for 149 yards on the season.
While Chubb has garnered more attention during their time at Georgia, Michel should also be an outstanding player at the NFL level.