McClendon Getting Chubb, Michel Ready

McClendon Getting Chubb, Michel Ready

ATHENS – Georgia’s depth behind star tailback Todd Gurley is bolstered this preseason by the return of junior Keith Marshall after ACL surgery to go along with sophomore Brendan Douglas.

Freshmen Sony Michel and Nick Chubb give running backs coach Bryan McClendon five scholarship tailbacks at his disposal heading into the season.

“Right now they’ve got to prepare like they’re going to play, and I’ve got to prepare them like they’re going to play so right now that’s the plan,” McClendon said Tuesday. “My plan right now is to get those guys ready to play versus Clemson.”

Adding a pair of five-star players to the position gives Georgia two potential playmakers and at least insurance if the Bulldogs battle injuries like a year ago when Marshall was lost in early October and Gurley battled ankle and hip injuries.

Georgia already is without A.J. Turman, expected to be sidelined through early in the season with a foot injury.

So far, so good with Michel and Chubb.

“They seem like they’re picking up things very well,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “Coach McClendon has always done a good job with young backs and these guys seem to be doing a good job.”

Added McClendon: “They’ve been working extremely hard. They’ve picked up stuff very well. We’re not even done installing right now so they’ve still got some things to learn and some thing to get down. After that, then we’ve kind of got to work on perfecting everything they know. We’re still throwing stuff at them as far as the knowledge thing goes. You know the habits that they are creating out there are very good so they’ll be fine.”

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