Nick Chubb took two carries to begin the third quarter of Georgia's win over Notre Dame.
He didn't see another touch until the 9:51 mark of the fourth quarter. In the second half, Chubb, a prototypical grind-it-out running back only carried the ball six times.
Given his production in previous seasons, this was an interesting development. On Tuesday, Chubb was asked about only receiving 13 carries in the 20-19 victory.
"It’s just whatever they needed us to do. I’m a team player," Chubb said. "They wanted to do something else so I’m fine with it."
Chubb and fellow running back Sony Michel totaled 13 carries apiece and each also had a reception. Georgia's star running backs who bypassed the NFL for their senior seasons touched the ball a combined 28 times in 69 total plays, which doesn't count the three kneel-downs at the end.
Thus far, touches have been distributed quite evenly between the two. Michel has 29 for the year, Chubb has 28.
Since Chubb became Georgia's starting running back as a freshman, he has grown accustomed to shouldering the load in the running game. It's an aspect he enjoys as a running back.
"I get better as the game goes along," Chubb said. "I like to have those carries but whatever happens, I’m fine with it. As long as we win the game, that’s all that matters."
In his first three years, Chubb totaled 20 or more carries in 12 games. He toted the ball 32 times in Georgia's season opener against North Carolina a year ago. In two games to start the 2017 season, Chubb has run the ball a 28 times.
Against Notre Dame, Chubb's best run came on his first carry. Running off left tackle, Chubb found a huge hole and ran down the sideline. He was clipped by Notre Dame safety Nick Coleman and totaled a 30-yard gain.
Chubb said he should have taken the ball to the house.
"He just got my legs," Chubb said. "Can’t run without them.”