Chubb's Three 1,000 Yard Seasons More Impressive Than Herschel's?

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Chubb's Three 1,000 Yard Seasons More Impressive Than Herschel's?

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Chubb's Three 1,000 Yard Seasons More Impressive Than Herschel's?


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Kirby Smart says Nick Chubb has had to work harder to accumulate three 1,000 yard seasons than Herschel Walker did.

Following his 151 yard outing on Saturday night, Nick Chubb now has 1,045 yards on the season, giving him his third 1,000 yard season in his four years at UGA.

The only player to rush for three 1,000 yard seasons in Georgia history is Herschel Walker. Herschel tallied 5,259 rushing yards during his time at Georgia – nearly 160 yards a game.

But that was almost 40 years ago. The game has since changed and teams don’t dun the ball nearly as much as they used to, which is why Smart thinks Chubb had to work harder than Herschel to accomplish three 1,000 yard seasons.

“I appreciate what he’s done in an era where rushing the ball is really hard. It’s gotten harder and harder,” Smart said. “I would venture to say when Herschel ran for his, he ran in an era where…people were rushing the ball. It is hard in the SEC.”

Chubb has totaled 4,469 career rushing yards during his four years at Georgia. His 44 total touchdowns puts him just eight behind Herschel.

“I’m not diminishing what Herschel did, I’m just enlightening you to the fact that Nick Chubb has rushed for three 1,000 yard seasons in the SEC which is the toughest conference to run the ball. That’s pretty remarkable, and did it alongside another back that’s nearly just as talented as he is.”

When considering Chubb’s workload compared to Herschel’s, it gets you thinking…is Smart on to something here?

Chubb has had to share carries with a plethora of great backs during his time at Georgia, including Todd Gurley, Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift, makng his 4,469 career yards even more impressive. Plus, in his final two seasons, Chubb averaged just 16 carries per game. Herschel averaged 30 carries per game while at UGA.

We’re not saying Chubb is the better back than Herschel, and I doubt Kirby is saying that either. But the argument that Chubb had to work harder than Herschel is definitely not far stretched.

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