ATHENS –If you wondered what Georgia might look like this year without Nick Chubb, so did the Bulldogs for a little while after Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.
The ankle injury that had Chubb limping as he walked off the field at Vanderbilt Stadium is not serious. But it prompted a thorough examination by doctors in the locker room after the game and kept him from doing interviews following his 189-yard effort in the Bulldogs’ 31-14 win.
“He’s fine,” coach Mark Richt reported on his Sunday teleconference call. “He got his ankle a little tweaked. I don’t even think he’ll miss a practice. But for a minute there we weren’t sure.”
That’s certainly good news for a Georgia team that didn’t look sharp from a passing standpoint on Saturday. Quarterback Greyson Lambert was 0-for-5 in the first half and finished 11-of-21 for 116 yards against the Commodores. He was bailed out by Chubb and a staunch running game that ground out 281 yards despite Vandy stacking its defense to stop it.
Richt was asked if Lambert’s shaky performance would reignite the quarterback competition with Brice Ramsey.
“We’ve just got to get better at throwing and catching, period,” Richt said. “We’ve thrown and caught it pretty good in practice. We just haven’t had it happen in this last game. The first game we were one of the top pass-efficiency schools in our league. We just didn’t have a good first half in particular (against Vandy). The second half was much better.
“But we’ve got the right ingredients in terms of quarterbacks, protections and receivers.”
That theory will certainly be put to the test against South Carolina, which visits Sanford Stadium on Saturday. The Gamecocks have won four of the last five games in the series, though it’s coming off a home loss to Kentucky in which the Wildcats had 399 yards.