With its great stable of running backs down through the decades, the University of Georgia has often been referred to as “Tailback U.” From Charley Trippi to Herschel Walker to Todd Gurley, the Bulldogs have turned out ball carriers second to none and now, two more are on the way with the signing Wednesday of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Chubb, 5-11 and now up to 221 pounds, is one of the most prolific ground gainers in the state of Georgia history. At Cedartown High, he led the state in rushing as a junior, running for 2,721 yards and 38 touchdowns. Then, in his senior season this past fall, Chubb rushed for 2,690 yards and 41 touchdowns, averaging 244 yards per game and a gaudy 9.75 yards per carry. Chubb was a “Super 11” pick by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a first-team Class AAAA allstate selection and is rated a 5-star player and the No. 4 running back in America by 247Sports.com. Chubb played in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Tex. in January. Here, in this question and answer session with Bulldawg Illustrated, Lavelle Chubb provides Georgia fans with an in-depth look at her son.
Lavelle and Henry Chubb.
Siblings’ names and ages:
Henry, II, 25; Zachery, 20; Neidra, 16.
What Georgia coach did you have the most contact with during Nick’s recruiting process and what did you like most about that coach?
It was Coach (Bryan) McClendon. He seemed very genuine. He was always up front with us with information. Anything we wanted to ask we could ask and his answers, like I say, always seemed genuine and real.
In the end, why do you think Nick chose Georgia?
I believe when he said he felt most comfortable there, that was his true answer because I had that same feeling when I started visiting there … how the coaches make you feel and that they want the best for him.
In your mind, what is the best play he made during his high school playing days?
For me, I would say it was against Gilmer. He broke about five or six tackles on about a 30 or 40-yard run, if that. It really wasn’t a very long run, it was a run that when it seemed he shouldn’t have gotten out of it, he did.
Can you tell the Bulldog Nation a few unique things about him outside of football?
Nick likes listening to music. He likes to play video games. And he likes being at home with us, just watching TV. He doesn’t like to be around a whole lot of different people, just his immediate family. He is very family oriented. And he has two very good friends on the football team who he’s with right now (she was speaking on Jan. 30). He’d rather be snowed in with them than with us.
Does he have any classic childhood stories worth noting?
Nick is not easily persuaded about anything. I just remember we were in the car talking one day and he said, “I don’t believe everything everybody tells me.” And I said, “where did that come from?” And he said, “well, they say two plus two is four but you can’t make me believe it. You gotta show me two plus two equals four.” He was just learning to add and subtract at that point and was in the first grade. We were just riding in the car and he said it out of nowhere.
What was his favorite TV show or TV character?
It was The Lion King and Jungle Book. We just got rid of that Lion King pillow case maybe about four or five years ago (laughing).
What is the nicest thing he’s ever done for you?
Nick never forgets, he always does something for me. As a matter of fact, he’s the only one who does something for me on any holiday. I don’t remember what age he was, maybe he was like third or fourth grade, but he just came up with a nickname for me. He started calling me “Patty” and I said, “Why are you calling me Patty, are you saying I’m Fat Patty?” He said, “no, I just like that name for you.” So he just called me Patty. He’ll just come in the house sometime and I’m sleeping and he’ll say, “Patty, I’m home.” But he won’t say it in front of other people.
Finally, why do you think Nick will excel at Georgia?
Because Nick is self-driven. Nick wants to excel, not just in football but he wants to excel at everything he does. He just doesn’t do it because the coaches say come and do it. He does it because he knows he needs to do it and he has to do it. And Nick always says, “practice is the most serious thing and you have fun in a game.”