Over the weekend, Nick Chubb took his first hit since his knee injury last October. Now that's it's over, he sees it as affirmation that his comeback is complete.
As early as last week, Chubb still wasn't sure if he'd be in the lineup when the Bulldogs open the season next month against North Carolina---wrestling with doubt heading into Saturday, knowing it would be Georgia's first live practice. But when he got up after that first hit, he knew with 100 percent certainty that he's physically ready to be on the field Sept. 3.
"The hard part was mentally," Chubb told Dawg Nation. "So it just took getting that first hit. After that I was, like, 'I'm ready, let's go.'"
According to head coach Kirby Smart, Chubb carried "seven or eight times" and scored two touchdowns. And some of Chubb's teammates say he looks even better now than he did before the injury.
"As you've seen, Nick hasn't missed a beat," senior tackle Greg Pyke said. "He's pretty much better, faster, stronger. That kid is one of the hardest working people in this building."
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But getting past that first hit, Chubb said, went a long way for him.
"The minute it happened I was making sure my body wasn't bending any other ways," Chubb said. " Getting tackled a couple of times, that helps."
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