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Crowded backfield a blessing and a curse for UGA

UGA running back Sony Michel sits at the podium at SEC Media Days on Monday in Hoover, Alabama. (Mason Prince, WGXA)

HOOVER, Al. -- There are good things and bad things about having two All-American caliber running backs in your backfield. The positives are obvious; explosive play-makers, a dominate run game and ability to control the clock. However the embarrassment of riches is causing quite the conundrum for the Bulldog offense With only so many offensive snaps per game, how do you make sure that both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel get enough touches to make an impact in the game. That's what Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney are trying to figure out.

"The problem is sometimes you can have too many backs because without the ball in their hand sometimes they're not as effective," said Smart at SEC Media Days on Monday.

The team has worked with both backs this offseason on different things other than running with the ball to maximize their potential on offense.

"We've worked really hard with those guys on catching the ball out of the backfield, blocking and being perimeter blockers," said Smart. "Only one of them can carry the ball each play and there's only so many plays per game."

Chubb ran for 1,180 yards and eight touchdowns last season while Michel added 871 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Catching the ball out of the backfield, Michel showed much more promise catching 22 passes, one of which for a touchdown while Chubb caught five passes for one touchdown.

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