June 11, 2013

UGASports Film Study: Nick Chubb


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Georgia got a piece of big news on Tuesday when Cedartown running back Nick Chubb chose to become a Bulldog after strong pushes from South Carolina and Auburn.

Chubb brings a specific skill set to Athens that is tailor-made for Georgia's pro style offense, and below UGASports breaks down the four-star running back's strengths and weaknesses as apart of our film study series.

Where he is great

The first thing that stands out about Chubb is his size. He is 5-foot-11 218-pounds and put together like a workhorse running back should be. He has a powerful lower half to go with a well developed upper body, and he will likely gain more good weight once he gets to the college level.

Chubb also possesses elite balance. He can be extremely tough to knock off of his feet, and he does and excellent job of putting his hand on the ground to keep his balance to pick up extra yards.

His running style is also one that is essential in a power running game. He is a decisive runner that has the ability to make one or two cuts and get his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage and get downhill. He lowers his shoulder and seems to always fall forward after contact.

Chubb also has an excellent work ethic. According to his coaches, he is a workout warrior and keeps himself in tremendous shape.

Opposing coaches also have to be worried about how Chubb's combination of size, strength, and endurance can wear down a defense. He doesn't get hit solidly very often, but when there is a big collision at the point of contact, Chubb is normally the one who comes out on top.

Where he is good

One thing every great back must have is vision, and Chubb has it. He has the ability to find small creases on the inside, but he has a feel for knowing when to bounce the run outside for big yardage.

Chubb's patience is also a big part of his game. When he sees the hole, he will hit it at full speed but he also possesses the patience to let the play develop before sticking his nose in there.

Speed is another strong suit of the Rivals100 playmaker's game. He isn't a burner, but he has plenty of speed to get the edge on a fast defense, and his burst is also excellent. He can go from zero to full speed quickly, and that allows him to reach the second level with consistency.

Before the Rivals Camp Series stop in Atlanta, we would have said that Chubb needed to work on his skills as a router runner and pass catcher. While there is certainly some improvement to be made, Chubb's ability as a receiver can also be considered a strength. He showed strong but soft hands and he did an excellent job of reading the leverage of the linebacker and making quick cuts to get open.

Where he needs work

There aren't a ton of flaws to Chubb's game. He will certainly need to work on maintaining his speed or getting faster as he gets bigger. He also will need to keep improving in regards to his lateral quickness. One area in which all young running backs need to improve is in pass protection, and Chubb is no exception. He is the focal point of his high school's offense and doesn't have to block much, but he has the attitude and willingness to become an excellent pass protector once he gets to campus.

Overall

This is a great pick up for Georgia because of the way Chubb is different than every other back on Georgia's roster. He has tremendous potential as a downhill runner that can move the chains, but he also has some versatility to his game that could make him a threat in the passing game or to hit the big play. When it comes to the 2014 class, Chubb is an excellent compliment to Sony Michel (American Heritage; Plantation, Fla.) because he is more of a pounder and tough yardage back where Michel is a more consistent homerun threat. This is also a big pickup for the Bulldogs because it is never considered a negative to get the top running back in the Peach State.

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