HE WAS GETTING “A MAJOR AWARD …”
|| By FITSNEWS || From 2010-12, University of Georgia football fans had to sit back and watch one of the most talented running backs in America run roughshod over their defense. South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore abused the Dawgs “D,” amassing 467 yards in three games against Georgia.
In fact the Gamecocks’ 2012 win over the Bulldogs marked the high-water mark of the program under head coach Steve Spurrier.
In 2013, Georgia returned the favor – with Todd Gurley ripping off 132 of the Bulldogs 227 rushing yards against the Gamecocks, giving the school its first win in the series since 2009. Last year Gurley rushed for 131 of Georgia’s 221 yards on the ground – yet head coach Mark Richt inexplicably denied him the rock when the Bulldogs had the football first-and-goal from the South Carolina four-yard-line late in the fourth quarter.
That decision wound up costing Georgia the game …
Entering this year’s contest, the Bulldogs are expected to exploit another decisive advantage on the ground.
We’re referring of course to Nick Chubb – who ran for more than 1,500 yards a year ago as a freshman while Gurley dealt with eligibility issues (and later a torn anterior cruciate ligament).
The 5-foot-10, 220-pound sophomore tailback hasn’t missed a beat in 2015 – gashing Louisiana-Monroe’s defense for 120 yards during the Bulldogs’ season opener and putting up another 189 yards against Vanderbilt last week.
Will he shred South Carolina similarly?
We’ll have to see … but Chubb did plenty of damage to the Gamecock program this week when he revealed an anecdote from the recruiting trail.
According to Chubb, he paid a second recruiting visit to South Carolina in the summer of 2013 with the expressed intention of meeting the Head Ball Coach (apparently the two missed each other during Chubb’s first visit). In fact Chubb pushed back his pending commitment to Georgia so he could visit Columbia, S.C.
Spurrier wasn’t available, though.
“I think he was getting some kind of award at Florida,” Chubb said, referring to the “Great Floridian Award” bestowed upon Spurrier that year by Sunshine State governor Rick Scott.
Wow … did that honor come with a leg lamp?
Anyway, while Chubb said he still “probably would’ve come to Georgia,” Spurrier’s lack of availability clearly made an impression on the talented young tailback.
“I would’ve got to meet the head coach,” he told reporters. “That would’ve been great to know who I was gonna play for.”
After a rocky first five years in Columbia, S.C., Spurrier led the Gamecock program to unprecedented heights from 2010-13.
In 2010 South Carolina captured its first SEC East title, and from 2011-13 the Gamecocks won eleven games each season. Spurrier’s squads also earned three straight New Year’s Day bowl victories and three consecutive Top Ten finishes.
This year? Eh …
Not good …
A big part of the problem? The Gamecocks have been getting out-recruited in recent years – especially by in-state rival Clemson. And a big part of that was concern over Spurrier’s future at the school.
Spurrier now says he’s committed to coaching for at least five more seasons, but what good is that if he’s off getting awards from politicians rather than recruiting blue chip talent?
This website got crazy critical of Spurrier back in 2010 – and he responded by serving us (and all of his critics) a nice, tall glass of STFU. So we’ve learned to be more measured in our criticism.
But there’s no denying Chubb’s comments are damaging to the South Carolina program … giving the impression Spurrier is not committed to going the extra mile to land top talent.