THE TEN AT 10:
1. It could be argued that Nick Chubb actually has represented an upgrade for Georgia at tailback over Todd Gurley.
In three games as the starter, the freshman from Cedartown has gained 599 all-purpose yards (501 rushing) and scored five touchdowns. That’s an average of 199.7 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game – all in SEC contests away from Sanford Stadium.
Comparatively, Gurley averaged 165.2 yards of offense and 1.6 touchdowns in five games. But it’s not like he was padding his stats against bad competition, either. Gurley’s work came against three SEC opponents (South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt) and one ACC team (Clemson). Gurley played only the first quarter in the Sept. 20 game against Troy and had 73 yards on six carries.
Of course, Georgia coach Mark Richt is not about to enter into such a discussion.
“I think Chubb is a tough kid,” the Bulldogs’ coach said. “I think he’s one heckuva a ball player.”
2. Against the Gators, who are second in the SEC against the run and fifth in total defense, Chubb had 215 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.
After the game, he talked about his first Georgia-Florida experience.
“It’s a physical game,” Chubb said. “You never know who’s going to come out on top. The good thing about this rivalry is there’s always next year. But we’re going to worry about that later.”
Chubb had 156 yards on 21 carries in the game, scored on a 39-yard, highlight-reel run and also 10-yard touchdown catch.
“I don’t feel good,” he said. “It was a loss. The things we could control, like putting the ball on the ground, which I did, that’s unacceptable. But it happened. So we’ve just got to keep fighting, keep working.”
3. Chubb’s dominating emotion after the game was disappointment over his two fumbles. Chubb lost one – his first of the season – at the end of a 35-yard run. Georgia managed to recover another one that was knocked loose on the very next offensive play after he caught a short pass.
“Should never happen,” Chubb said flatly.
Richt defended the young running back.
“He’s very good in ball security, as far as his habits are concerned,” Richt said. “Florida did a good job raking it out of there (on the long run). He fumbled the very next play off a ball that was being caught. But he got hit there before he could really tuck it away. But other than that, he played really good. I’m proud of his effort.”
4. Once again, it was pretty much the Chubb Show at tailback for the Bulldogs. Backup Brendan Douglas had just four carries for one yard in the game. Quarterback Hutson Mason had the other six carries, which came primarily as he tried to escape pressure on pass plays, as Georgia pretty much abandoned the running game in the second half.
Excluding Mason’s runs, Chubb accounted for 84 percent of Georgia’s carries against Florida and 78 percent of the running back attempts (89 of 114) since taking over as the starter on Oct. 11.
The 5-foot-10, 228-pound Chubb is holding up well but, suffice it say, he could use some help. The Bulldogs are hopeful some coming this week from Sony Michel. The freshman from Plantation, Fla., has missed the last four games with a broken shoulder-blade suffered in the first half of the Tennessee game.
“(Michel) took reps,” Richt, speaking on his weekly radio call-in show, said of Monday’s practice. “We may test out Sony with a little bit of contact (Tuesday). We’re not going to tackle him to the ground, but we might thud him up a little bit and see how he responds to it.”
Richt also said junior Keith Marshall “took some reps.” Marshall has missed the last five games with sprains of the right ankle and knee.
5. One of the underplayed factors as far as Georgia’s difficulties sustaining drives on offense against Florida was the injury to center David Andrews. The senior from Johns Creek, a Rimington Award candidate, left the game with a severely sprained left ankle just five minutes into the first quarter.
Andrews returned to play most of the game but had to be relieved several times by junior backup Hunter Long, who finished out the Bulldogs’ first scoring drive. But Andrews was never able to dominate again in the game like he usually does weekly for Georgia.
The good news is Andrews is expected to be able to play Saturday against Kentucky. The bad news is he has not been practicing with the team this week and might not until Thursday’s walk-throughs.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt David will play,” Richt said.
6. Here’s a good example how the perception of success varies among programs and universities. Just last week, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was awarded with a contract extension and what amounts to a $1.225 million raise over the life of the contract. That came before this past Saturday’s 20-10 loss to Missouri, which dropped the Wildcats to 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the SEC.
“Mark is guiding our program in the direction we all want it to go and we are proud to reward that,” Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart explained.
Of course, work on the extension probably got underway when the Wildcats were off to a 5-1 start this season. They’ve since lost three in a row.
7. Of course, basketball is the game with which Kentucky concerns itself most, and the Georgia men’s team that tied the Wildcats for second in the SEC last year has been busy readying itself for the 2014-15 campaign.
In fact, the Bulldogs have already encountered their first full-fledged competition of the season. They played N.C. State at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., this past Saturday. But that was one of the annual private scrimmages college basketball teams are allowed, so results and any details therein are not available.
However, Georgia fans can get a personal look at the Bulldogs on Thursday night at 7 p.m. when they play host to Georgia Southwestern in a public exhibition at Stegeman Coliseum. There is no charge for admission.
The season begins in earnest on Nov. 14 at Georgia Tech.
8. Georgia’s soccer team advanced through the first round of the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., Monday in the most dramatic of fashion.
Tied 1-1 after 110 minutes of play, the Bulldogs (10-6-2) won 4-3 on penalty kicks. Georgia got the winning kick from sixth-year senior Laura Eddy and got the two penalty kick saves from redshirt freshman keeper Morgan Orobello, playing the first minutes of her career and inserted into the game just to defend penalty kicks.
“What a great moment for her, and she came up huge,” coach Steve Holeman said of Orobello.
The eighth-seeded Bulldogs advance to face regular-season champion Texas A&M in the quarterfinals Wednesday at 6 p.m.
9. Perhaps the football team needs to take lessons from the swim-Dogs on how to beat Florida.
The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 SEC) posted a 174.5-122.5 victory over the No. 5-ranked Gators this past weekend. Georgia’s men had been winless over the previous seven seasons (0-6-1) in the series. Swimmers Chase Kalisz and Ty Stewart and diver Ian Forlini each won twice to pace the Bulldogs.
The No. 2 Lady Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0) won as well, knocking off No. 3 Florida 176-119. The Lady Bulldogs also extended their UGA all-sports record with their 92nd straight win at Gabrielsen Natatorium in a streak that dates back to 1995. Georgia is 93-1 all-time at home, with its only loss coming to Florida in 1995. Swimmers Amber McDermott, Kylie Stewart and Annie Zhu were double winners for the Lady Bulldogs.
Georgia’s teams will step out of conference this week when they travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech and Savannah College of Art and Design at Tech’s Aquatic Center. Georgia Tech’s teams are coached by Courtney Shealy-Hart, who was a 5-time NCAA and 19-time SEC champion for Georgia from 1997-2000. That will be Georgia’s only November competition as it will return Dec. 5-7 to host the UGA Fall Invitational.
10. This & that: The Georgia women’s basketball team made several adjustments to its schedule yesterday. The Lady Bulldogs’ Nov. 19 game against Ohio State will tip at 7 p.m; the Nov. 23rd date with Georgia Tech in Atlanta is set for 2 p.m.; they will host Michigan State on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.; and their game at LSU on Feb. 19 will begin at 8 p.m. Times have changed on three other games: 4 p.m. on Jan. 2 at Mississippi State, 2 p.m. on Jan. 18 vs. Vanderbilt, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 vs. Auburn. Georgia opens the season Nov. 14 at home against Morgan State. … Sophomore midfielder Gabby Seiler earned first-team All-SEC honors – Georgia’s first such award since 2011 – while Marion Crowder was named to the second team and Kelsey Killean to the All-Freshman team.