Nick Chubb, Leonard Fournette send message for 2015

Nick Chubb enjoyed his record-setting day against Louisville in the Belk Bowl. (UGA Sports)

Nick Chubb enjoyed his record-setting day against Louisville in the Belk Bowl. (UGA Sports)

Just last year, the SEC was filled with star talent at QB with guys like AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger.

Two freshmen demonstrated Tuesday that their offenses — and opposing defenses — will focus on them in 2015.

Georgia’s Nick Chubb and LSU’s Leonard Fournette obviously showed plenty of times throughout this fall that they are forces with the football, but their bowl performances were especially impressive.

Fournette had 264 all-purpose yards in the Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame on only 13 touches. Those included a 100-yard kickoff return for a score and an 89-yard TD run.

He had 11 carries for 143 yards and another scoring run (8 yards), which makes you wonder why he touched the ball only 13 times.

Fournette finished the season with 1,034 yards rushing and 10 TDs.

Chubb’s game in the Belk Bowl win over Louisville lifted him into the stratosphere of Georgia’s elite.

He had a career-high 266 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns, the second-best rushing effort by a Georgia back in school history, behind Herschel Walker’s 283 yards in 1980.

Despite not starting until Todd Gurley was suspended and sharing time for a portion of the season, Chubb finished with 1,547 yards, a tie for fourth best total in school history with Garrison Hearst in 1992. He also scored 14 times on the ground.

Chubb’s total was the second best ever by a Bulldog freshman, trailing only Herschel Walker’s 1,616 in 1980.

And don’t forget about Tennessee’ Jalen Hurd, who had 777 yards heading into Friday’s Taxslayer Bowl against Iowa.

We’ll see if he can hit the New Year off and running like his fellow freshmen.


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