Good Day, UGA: The Sally-can-wait edition
Good day, UGA. Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. In today’s edition, we talk about keeping positive vibes when Nick Chubb eventually declares for the NFL draft. Take a cue from the lads in Oasis. They never lose their cool.
Don’t look back in anger
The 2016 season is quickly moving to a close — where did the time go? — which means Nick Chubb is about to have to make a big decision. Ever since his freshman year, when he burst onto the scene as Todd Gurley’s understudy, it has been clear that Chubb’s future was in the pros. The question was just whether he would leave after his junior year or stay the full four. With only two games and a bowl left in said junior year, Chubb is finally fielding questions about his future.
“A lot goes into (the decision whether to stay in school or declare for the NFL draft),” Chubb said, according to Seth Emerson of Dawg Nation. “Probably what’s best for yourself. If you feel like you need to come back here and do something, finish up the job, something like that, then you’ll come (back). I know a lot of guys leave for family reasons, but I don’t think I have those kind of family reasons. So, I’m not sure.”
It’s not surprising that he was non-committal about his future. Players rarely want the talk to center around their NFL prospects while the season is still going on. (Or, at least, they don’t want to draw the ire of coaches from talking about it too much.) So, Chubb has to at least put on a show of being conflicted.
But everything he said seemed to hint that he’s ready to make the jump. He said he’s wanted to play in the NFL since he was a kid. He said he wants to prove everyone wrong who said he would never make it that far. He said he knows how short running backs’ careers are, and thus knows he may not have a ton of time to make the bulk of his lifetime earnings. I’m sure for the next few months Chubb will have people all over Athens telling him to stick it out another season. But if he truly is conflicted, I have one piece of advice for him: Go and don’t hesitate for a moment.
The NFL is the most cutthroat of modern sports leagues. With no guaranteed contracts, you could be making more than anyone in the league one day and absolutely nothing the next. Football players also have shorter careers than most pro athletes, so getting paid as young as possible is key to maximizing career earnings. This goes double for tailbacks, who are spit in and out of the NFL with disturbing regularity. Far too many guys have given up a life-changing paycheck to stay an extra year in school, only for them to get injured or see their stock plummet. If Chubb is going to be picked in the first few rounds, it’s a no-brainer.
This isn’t to say that I wouldn’t love to see him play for Georgia another season. Of course, I would. Frankly, I think it’s a shame that his final year for the Dawgs will probably be this throwaway campaign. But you can’t reasonably ask a guy to stay and risk injury for no pay when he can begin his career in the pros and start making some cash. As fans, I hope we’ve progressed enough that we no longer discourage players for leaving early or disparage them from doing so. For the most part, I think we have. We understand that it’s part of the game — the best part for the players being drafted and their families.
On top of that, it helps recruiting. The best players want to go to a school where there is a track record of getting players at their position to the pros and, preferably, ASAP. Why do you think two uber-talented tailbacks such as Toneil Carter and D’Andre Swift are willing to sign in the same class and split carries? They know Athens is a throughway to the next level. Plus, there’s a good chance that if Chubb leaves, Sony Michel will stay to become the feature back for a season. Chubb or no Chubb, the future of Georgia’s backfield in the short- and long-term is bright.
So, don’t be mad or sad when Chubb inevitably (hopefully) decides to declare for the NFL draft. Be glad for what he gave the school. (For free, I might add.) And be glad that players such as Chubb and Gurley jumping early to the next level means Georgia doesn’t rebuild its backfield, it reloads it.
Last time vs. UL Lafayette
Georgia has played Louisiana-Lafayette just once before in football, back in 2010. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 55-7 win against the Ragin’ Cajuns (more on that amazing nickname Friday). I went back into the box score to see if I could find something that was prescient to where Georgia is right now, but all I found were the names of a bunch of dudes I had completely forgotten about. (Remember Logan Grey?) Here are a few highlights from that game:
Much like this one, that was a wasted season. After winning that opener, Georgia reeled off five straight losses. The Bulldogs didn’t have A.J. Green in the first four games, which didn’t help matters. They finished 6-7, the worst record in Mark Richt’s time in Athens. Georgia still has a chance to finish with that record, if it loses its final three games.
So, after much scholarly work, I have reached a very scientific conclusion: stop scheduling UL-Lafayette. Cajuns have all kinds of voodoo you want no part of.
Lady Bulldogs demolish BYU
The Georgia Lady Bulldogs (3-0) won their third game of the season in dominant fashion Wednesday night, beating BYU, 81-51. And this isn’t just some shellacking of a cupcake in the early season. BYU reached the NCAA Tournament last season.
With the score knotted at 18 in the middle of the second quarter, the Bulldogs began to break away, going on a 34-9 run until nearly the end of the third quarter. Georgia was led in scoring by junior forward Mackenzie Engram, who scored a career-high 21 points. Five other Lady Dawgs scored in double figures.
— Georgia Basketball (@UGA_WBB) November 17, 2016
The Lady Bulldogs are off until Sunday, when they travel to Atlanta to kick off Georgia Tech Hate Week against the Yellow Jackets at 2 p.m.
Bulldog commits named U.S. Army National POTY finalists
— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) November 16, 2016
Georgia target Aubrey Solomon also made the cut.
- ‘New-age linebacker’ Roquan Smith making plays for Georgia Bulldogs (Chip Towers, Dawg Nation)
- UGA’s 3-most underrated recruits (Jeff Sentell, Dawg Nation)
- Opposing View: Louisiana-Lafayette dealing with video controversy (Chip Towers, Dawg Nation)
- Pro Football Hall of Fame: Former Georgia stars Hines Ward, Terrell Davis are semifinalists (Alex Martin Smith, Dawg Nation)
- Georgia injury updates: Chigbu, Wynn and Hawkins-Muckle (Seth Emerson, Dawg Nation)
- ‘Tough as nails’ Eason improving with accuracy, command in huddle (Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph)
- Georgia football set to face another up-tempo offense (Alexander T. Makrides, Red & Black)
- Jonathan Ledbetter’s versatility paying off (Murf Baldwin, UGA Sports)
They don’t call them a bear’s best friend for nothing.
— CBC News (@CBCNews) November 17, 2016