Coach Smart mentioned one aspect of Nick Chubb’s game that has gotten work this spring has been catching the ball out of the backfield. Adding that dimension to Chubb’s game could go a long way toward opening up Georgia’s offense by adding another weapon to the play caller’s arsenal. Chubb commented on his progress yesterday:
“It’s going well. I’ve had to do a lot of it every day in spring – catching a lot of balls, and I think it has been going pretty good.”
When asked how the current plan will differ from his freshman year when he caught 18 passes, Chubb replied:
“I know I will be, kinda, in the read – the progression – a lot more.”
That sentence from a five-minute interview points the type of changes that Georgia is trying to implement with the 2017 offense. By adding passes to Nick Chubb (or any tailback) to the list of possible targets (progression) that Jacob Eason will have at his disposal, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is signaling that his sophomore quarterback is ready to run a more varied offense. Obviously, getting the ball to Chubb in space will create contain problems for any defense, not to mention, helping Chubb prepare for the expectations placed on an NFL running back.
Georgia fans are going to see the wide-open offense they a clamored for when Appalachian State arrives in Athens on September 2nd. – if execution matches expectations.