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Georgia's Nick Chubb back in national spotlight

Georgia RB Nick Chubb warms up prior to the Bulldogs' SEC opener against Mississippi State Sept. 23 at Sanford Stadium. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

ATHENS, GA -- Twenty-one times throughout his college career, Georgia's Nick Chubb has eclipsed the century-mark on the ground.

It's a career truly encapsulating a roller coaster ride. After stepping into the spotlight as a freshman after an injury to future all-pro Todd Gurley, Chubb became a household name in college football.

Following a devastating knee injury that derailed a promising sophomore season lingering into the next year, Chubb has raced past his old form.

The senior leads the SEC in rushing and his rushed for 100 yards or more in three of his last four games including 138-yards and two scores in Saturday's win at Vanderbilt. The numbers and streaks are irrelevant to Chubb if they aren't accompanied by a championship trophy.

"I think he's focused on that," Head Coach Kirby Smart said at Monday's press conference. "He knows whatever is best for the team helps."

What hurts Chubb's case in the Heisman race is the lack of touches in the backfield compared to other running backs. Chubb continues to split the bulk of the carries with fellow senior and roommate Sony Michel. The tandem has emerged as the nation's top running back duo.

"Sony is the guy nobody talks about and he's had the best couple runs we've had all year," Smart said. He was really productive the other day. I think those guys obviously take away from each other when it comes to national recognition because they don't get the carries, but they don't care about that. The reason they came back was to win and that's the ultimate goal. Right now, they're helping us achieve that."

Georgia returns to action Saturday night at Sanford Stadium against Missouri.

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