Nick Chubb wanted to make sure you didn’t forget about him before the start of the 2016 season.
In a video with Bleacher Report, Chubb spoke candidly about his injury, Heisman aspirations and how he thinks he’ll do in the upcoming season.
Chubb injured his left knee on the first play of the 2015 Tennessee game.
“I bounced up the sideline and dislocated my left knee,” Chubb said. “The rehab was hard and very bad pain. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.”
Through the first five games of last season, Chubb rushed for 745 yards. The year before he finished with 1,547 rushing yards, despite receiving minimal work in the first five games of the 2014 season. Before his injury, Chubb had a 13-game streak of rushing for 100 yards.
Chubb also brought the Heisman Trophy but brushed it off by “It’s a team award. So if I win that, it means we’re in a great position team wise.” Chubb currently has 16/1 odds to win the Heisman, giving him the seventh best odds to win the award. Leonard Fournette is the current favorite at 4/1.
Teamwise, the Bulldogs come into the season ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll. The running back and his fellow Bulldogs open the season on Saturday against the No. 22 North Carolina Tar Heels in the Georgia Dome.
Now, Chubb says he’s learned from his injury and ready to come back even stronger.
“That injury taught me a lot about myself and who I am,” Chubb said. “What makes me different is that I’m big in the weight room. I never give up and I never stop.”
Chubb ended the video in a Terminator-esque fashion.
“The machine is rebuilt,” Chubb said.