ATHENS – Georgia used to fancy itself as Tailback U. It was a distinction to which Southern Cal often took exception. Both schools certainly produced their share of great tailbacks. The Bulldogs, it could be argued, featured the best of all time in Herschel Walker.
But the tailback-featuring I-formation has gone the way of the Wing T, it seems. So even at Georgia, there are no more tailbacks, per se. But the Bulldogs have continued to produce some pretty special running backs, and they’ve been matriculating to the NFL as if on an assembly line.
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are the latest additions. Now playing for the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots, respectively, each of them had their breakout games as NFL players this past weekend. Chubb rushed for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns on only three carries in what ended as a 45-42 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders. Michel was showcased in the Patriots’ 38-7 win over Miami with a 25-carry, 112-yard performance that also included a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Gurley, the third-year All-Pro and 2015 NFL Rookie of the Year, was his regular-ol’ Gurley self. He totaled 156 yards on 83 rushing and 73 receiving and a touchdown in the undefeated Los Angeles Rams’ 38-31 win over Minnesota.
For those keeping count, that was 373 and 4 TDs for the Bulldogs’ backfield trust. That makes Georgia RBU for at least one week.
Here how all the Bulldogs did in Week 4:
Rams 38, Vikings 31:
- Todd Gurley: Gurley rushed 17 times for 83 yards and caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown to help Los Angeles stay unbeaten at 4-0.
- Ramik Wilson: Wilson led the Rams with seven tackles.
Chiefs 27, Broncos 23:
- Justin Houston: Houston had two tackles, including a sack, as the Chiefs improved to 4-0.
- Chris Conley: Conley hauled in four passes for 13 yards for Kansas City.
Patriots 38, Dolphins 7:
- Sony Michel: Michel rushed 25 times for 112 yards and a touchdown for New England.
- David Andrews: Andrews started at center for the Patriots, who amassed 449 yards of total offense.
- Maurice Smith: Smith recorded three tackles and a pass defense for the Dolphins.
- Reshad Jones: Jones was out for the second consecutive week with a shoulder injury for Miami.
Bengals 37, Falcons 36:
- A.J. Green: Green hauled in four passes for 78 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown with seven seconds remaining, for the Bengals.
- Geno Atkins: Atkins posted five tackles for Cincinnati.
- Shawn Williams: Williams recorded four tackles for the Bengals.
- Clint Boling and Cordy Glenn: Boling started at left guard and Glenn at left tackle for the Bengals, who amassed 407 total yards of offense.
Bears 48, Buccaneers 10:
- Leonard Floyd: Floyd had two tackles and a pass defense for Chicago.
- Roquan Smith: Smith recorded four tackles for the Bears.
- Javon Wims: Wims did not record a catch but was targeted once for Chicago.
Oakland 45, Cleveland 42:
- Nick Chubb: Chubb carried three times for 105 yards and two touchdowns (covering 63 and 41 yards) for Cleveland. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Chubb became the first player in NFL history to rush for 100 or more yards and two touchdowns on three or fewer carries. ESB also determined he is the first Brown to rush for multiple 40-yard touchdowns in a game since Jim Brown in 1963.
- Orson Charles: Charles had one special teams tackle and was targeted once on a pass for Cleveland.
Cowboys 26, Lions 24:
- Matthew Stafford: Stafford went 24-for-30 with 307 yards passing and two touchdowns for the Lions.
Texans 37, Colts 34:
- Corey Moore: Moore recorded one special teams tackle for the Colts.
Jaguars 31, Jets 12:
- Abry Jones: Jones entered as a reserve but did not post any stats for the Jaguars.
- Jordan Jenkins: Jenkins had three tackles and a quarterback hit for the Jets.
Saints 33, Giants 18:
- Benjamin Watson: Watson had one reception for 23 yards for the Saints.
- Alec Ogletree: Ogletree had 12 tackles, including two for loss, for the Giants.
- Lorenzo Carter: Carter had four tackles for New York.
- John Jenkins: Jenkins entered as a substitute for the Giants but did not record any stats.
Tennessee 26, Philadelphia 23:
- Ben Jones: Jones started at center and helped the Titans accumulate 397 total yards.
- John Atkins (Lions)
- Davin Bellamy (Texans)
- Tavarres King (Vikings)
- Isaiah McKenzie (Broncos)
- Marlon Brown (Bears)
- Tyler Catalina (Redskins)
- Isaiah Wynn (Patriots)
Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner: