Nick Chubb isn’t going to partake in any contact work this spring. But it does look like he will be outside with his team during practice, at least if Tuesday’s first session is indicative of anything.
Chubb was on the practice field, at the University of Georgia's Club Sports Complex, in a helmet and did some running work. Director of sports medicine Ron Courson continued to lead him through his rehab. At one point in practice, he even took a handoff from quarterback Brice Ramsey.
It’s certainly encouraging for Chubb, considering just hours prior, head coach Kirby Smart said he’s "dead-on schedule" with his rehabilitation.
The prognosis on Chubb continues to trend upward, even though it’s still too early to determine whether he’ll be available for preseason practice or the season-opener against North Carolina. But as long as Chubb doesn’t suffer a setback, his outlook appears to be heading in the right direction.
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Chubb was injured on the first play of the game against Tennessee on Oct. 10, 2015. Chubb tore his posterior cruciate ligament, as well as two other ligaments, and sustained damage to his cartilage. He had surgery to repair his left knee and has been in recovery mode sense.
Tuesday marked the first day anyone outside of the team got to see Chubb work, and all signs are pointing in the right direction.
BUILDING THE LINE
Georgia’s offensive line appears to be taking a different approach in practice than the previous coaching staff had it do.
In position drills, the guards and centers broke off from the tackles. The tackles actually did position work with the tight ends. And Greg Pyke, who has played right guard the past two years, was with the tackles, working in tandem with tight end Jeb Blazevich on drills. To be more specific, it appeared Pyke was working as a right tackle.
The first-team offensive line, at this point, appeared to be left tackle Kendall Baker, left guard Isaiah Wynn, center Brandon Kublanow, right guard Dyshon Sims and Pyke.
The offensive line will very much be a work in progress throughout the spring, however.
FIRST UP AT INSIDE LINEBACKER
Even though he was limited with a shoulder injury, junior Reggie Carter was one of the first two inside linebackers to begin drills with the group. The only player ahead of Carter was Natrez Patrick, possibly signaling that these two are considered the first-team inside linebackers to start spring.
Carter, however, is not 100 percent and was wearing a non-contact black jersey as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery, which forced him to miss 12 of 13 games a season ago.
Behind Patrick and Carter were Tim Kimbrough and Juwan Taylor. Roquan Smith figures to factor in the mix, although he abstained from contact due to a ligament injury he sustained on his wrist. Smith, wearing a club over the injury, only participated in drills that involved running and agility as he’s been ruled a no-go for team activities this spring.
It looks like Keyton Brown’s switch from the defensive line to outside linebacker will continue under Smart. Brown was participating with the outside linebackers on Tuesday, a position he began working at during bowl practices.
Outside linebacker Chuks Amaechi (labrum) and Kenneth Towns (undisclosed) were in non-contact black jerseys and riding an exercise bike during practice.