ATHENS — Nick Chubb is in danger of having a potentially historic streak end this Saturday.
Chubb has rushed for more than 100 yards in 11 consecutive games. That’s No. 2 among active players in FBS and two games shy of Herschel Walker’s Georgia record of 13 games (including 1981 Sugar Bowl).
The streak is in jeopardy not because Southern University is particularly stout at stuffing the run. On the contrary. The Jaguars give up 150 yards per game. It’s more likely that the Bulldogs themselves break the string.
If Georgia dominates its SWAC opponent like most expect it will, then there’s a good chance we won’t see much of Chubb. The Bulldogs play host to No. 12 Alabama the following week at Sanford Stadium and certainly won’t risk injury to their Heisman Trophy-candidate running back in a meaningless non-conference game.
“We really don’t think much about that,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said of Chubb’s 100-yard-game streak. “At the end of the game we just look at the stats and we’re like, ‘hey, he did it again!’ We’re not sitting there tracking it, I can tell you that.”
The key might be in getting Chubb a lot of work in the first quarter. He’s averaging an SEC-best 8.4 yards per carry as it is. If he can average 10 a carry against the Bulldogs’ FCS guests, he could get 10 early totes and retire to the sideline for the afternoon.
Chubb himself shares his coaches’ sentiments. He insists he’s not worried about whether or not his 100-yard streak continues.
“I care about it, but it’s not something I get up every day thinking about,” Chubb said after practice Tuesday. “If I don’t get 100 yards it wouldn’t really bother me, as long as we won the game. … If I don’t need to be in the game, that’s fine.”
That said, Chubb would like to run down Herschel’s record.
“Yeah, it’d be a great feeling to break it,” he said. “I don’t know if I’d tell him that, though.”