Huck’s 10 Most Important Players – #1

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Huck’s 10 Most Important Players – #1

Nick Chubb drives for the pylon vs. Vanderbilt 2015
Nick Chubb drives for the pylon vs. Vanderbilt 2015
Photo: Greg Poole/Bulldawg Illustrated

Thank you everyone for reading this series. I hope you have enjoyed reading the series as much as I have enjoyed writing it. With that said, let’s end this with a bang with the No. 1 most important player for the Bulldogs this season.
At No. 1 overall, it is none other than Nick Chubb. It was a close battle between Chubb and Patrick for the No. 1 spot on this list but when Sony Michel broke his arm it locked Chubb in at the top. He is the best pure football player on the Bulldogs roster, and he is also one of the best athletes. That said, he is recovering from a gruesome and brutal knee injury. It is an injury that any normal human being would have a very difficult time recovering from. However, Nick Chubb is not normal; he is superhuman. No, not superhuman physically, he is superhuman when it comes to his dedication and work ethic. What he has been doing in the training room every single day since his surgery has been remarkable. It was incredible how much he was able to do during spring practice and by the start of fall practice in less than a month he will undoubtedly wow everyone again with how much more progress he has made.
Now, onto what makes him so important in 2016. With Jacob Eason, I said he was on the list because he can make the big explosive plays to help UGA when games against the likes of Tennessee, Ole Miss and Florida. Nick Chubb is No. 1 on this list because with him healthy and lined up in the backfield UGA is going to be in a position to win each and every game. To go the route of a cliché, you can’t stop Nick Chubb you can only hope to contain him. He is a guaranteed 100+ yards every time he suits up and is worth an extra 10-14 points per game for the offense because he is either going to break a big run for a TD or keep several more drives alive with tough runs on 3rd and Short.
I know there are questions out there of whether or not Chubb will be 100% healthy and even more importantly whether or not he will have complete confidence in his knee. I’m going on the record saying in my opinion that Chubb will be back stronger and more powerful than ever. For that reason, he is the most important player because he makes the difference between this being an 8 or 9 win team, and a team capable of reaching the SEC Championship.

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Matthew “Huck” Pasek was born into a family of Georgia Bulldogs. Huck’s father, Gary, graduated from UGA in 1976 and became a high school chemistry teacher at Peachtree HS in Dunwoody, GA where he coached alongside Georgia High School football legend T. McFerrrin. Gary’s love of football, especially Georgia football, was passed along to his son. Huck lives in Belmont, NC with his wife, Whitney, and works in Financial Services Litigation. In his spare time he is an avid golfer, movie fanatic and habitual traveler to St. Simons Island with his wife “just to get away”. The moniker ImYourHuckleberry arose from his favorite movie, Tombstone, and character Doc Holiday’s famous line, “I’m Your Huckleberry”. Matthew was never one to shy away from a confrontation or debate, thus the nickname instantly stuck.

16 responses on “Huck’s 10 Most Important Players – #1

  1. IYH_BI

    TnDawg And I’m sure it is worse this year than normal given the expectations their fans have

  2. TnDawg

    Thanks Huck! your column keeps me sane while living in Tennessee in an ocean of putrid orange.

  3. IYH_BI

    Reddawg13 Some good ideas!  I like the idea of a “Breakout Players” list.  Maybe a Top 5 Breakout Players?

  4. ed603

    Enjoyed the series, Huck! A different take on things, with great analysis to back up the opinions! More….More!

  5. Reddawg13

    The Chubbanator has some things he wants to prove this year! Especially against the Hillbillies! I believe he shows out this year! Great series Huck! What is next the top ten rookies and then the top ten most likely to surprise with breakout years?


    Great way to end a fantastic series!  Thanks Huck and i totally agree with your #1.  GATA and keep up the great work!

  7. rugbydawg79

    I enjoyed every write up, thanks for bringing your insight to BI  Go Dawgs !!!   WOOF