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For the last time at Sanford Stadium, Senior Tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will suit up between the Hedges. They came to Athens from different backgrounds, Michel from urban Miami, Chubb from rural Cedartown in West Georgia, but that did not stop the bond that would grow over 4 years. Some recruiting services had Michel rated higher, others Chubb, but none could deny the 5-star talent Georgia was getting. In addition, their different running styles blended remarkably well together. Chubb is regarded as Thunder, a downhill runner that will run through you, Michel is referred as lightning, someone who will run past you. Though, each has shown the ability to display both tendencies as they have rushed for 7,460 yards, 6.09 YPC and 65 touchdowns between them. In 2014, Chubb was asked to carry the load due to injuries to the other running backs, in 2015 it was Michel’s turn. Both answered the call and had their best seasons to date statistically.
Now in 2017, Chubb and Michel have been able to stay healthy for the second year in a row, carrying the team 1,625 yards and 19 touchdowns so far this year. It will be important for the duo to get back on track this Saturday after mustering only 48 yards together last week at Auburn. Though, the same scenario is taking place entering the Kentucky game as last year’s meeting in Lexington. The previous week against Florida, the duo had 22 yards combined, before adjusting the following week against the Wildcats and rushing for 212 yards together. Look for a similar scenario on Saturday as Kentucky’s defense comes in giving 404 yards and 25.7 points per game which is ranked 58th in the country. I believe Kentucky’s only way to win this ballgame is through their Tailback Benny Snell, who has 1,013 yards and 15 touchdowns. If Georgia can limit his productivity, they should be able to cover the spread of 21 ½ points. My prediction is Georgia will win 34-14, and for the senior class to notch their 38th win with a real shot to reach 40 before the end of the season. My hope is for Chubb and Michel to each score a touchdown as well as Senior Safety Dominick Sanders to have 2 interceptions against Kentucky this Saturday, like he did during the 2015 game against the Cats. Sanders sits at 15 career interceptions and only needs 2 more to pass Jake Scott and Bacarri Rambo, whom share the school record at 16.
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God Bless & Go Dawgs!