Just days after entertaining reporters at 2017 SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Georgia running back Nick Chubb was named the Collegiate Athlete of the Year at the Atlanta Sports Awards.
The Atlanta Sports Council made the presentation on Thursday night.
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Chubb was chosen from an all-UGA list of finalists for the award that included track and field star Keturah Orji and swimmer and diver Olivia Smoliga, who were both on the 2016 United States Olympic team for their respective sports.
Here’s more information on the decision and presentation, per a news release from Georgia football:
This marks the second year in a row that a University of Georgia student-athlete has won the Collegiate Athlete of the Year honor after golfer Lee McCoy enjoyed the honor in 2016. The first accolade of this sort was given in 2006 and since football’s D.J. Shockley won the inaugural honor, there have been nine Bulldogs to garner the award. Five of those Georgia team members selected have been football players, including Jarvis Jones going back to back in 2011-12.
Chubb finished his third season as Georgia’s No. 2 all-time leading rusher with 3,424 yards, trailing only Herschel Walker (5,259). Named one of the team’s overall captains following the 2016 season, Chubb went for 1,130 yards and eight rushing touchdowns last year. This marked the second 1,000-yard season of his career after Chubb tallied 1,547 yards and 15 scores as a freshman in 2014. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American following his first year.
Chubb returned in 2016 following a season-ending knee injury that he sustained in game six of his sophomore year in 2015. In his season debut last year, Chubb exploded for 222 yards on 32 carries (6.9 average) and two touchdowns in the win over #20 North Carolina during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. He completed his third year with a 147-yard performance during the victory over TCU in the Liberty Bowl.
Chubb, along with fellow senior running back Sony Michel, is expected to make up of one of the nation’s top running back duos in 2017.