Georgia running back Nick Chubb has been fully cleared and is expected to play against North Carolina Saturday in the season opener.
— Gridiron Now (@GridironNow) August 29, 2016
First-year Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Monday that Chubb is full go and said there won’t be a limit to his number of carries.
Chubb also has been asked if there will be any limitations as to how many times he’ll be given a chance to run with the football.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I won’t be able to know until it happens. But I feel good. I feel good about where I’m at and where my team is at. So maybe.”
Last October at Tennessee, Chubb suffered a horrific knee injury, tearing his PCL, LCL and MCL in his left knee.
Before being injured, the 5-10, 220 pound junior had gained 747 yards and scored seven touchdowns in six games. Junior Sony Michel stepped in and finished as the Southeastern Conference’s third-leading rusher with 1,161 yards and eight rushing TDs.
Both running backs could wind up getting plenty of carries for two reasons: One, it appears that Georgia could start freshman Jacob Eason and a strong running game would help his chances. Second, North Carolina is coming off a 49-38 loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl loss where it was gashed for post-season rushing record 645 yards.