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NCAA 2016 College Football: Chubb Gets Better and Other Pigskin News

I’m stealing this one from my friend Dan Mathews of Gridironnow.com.

It looks like Georgia running back Nick Chubb is improving daily from a knee injury that cost him part of last season.

On Wednesday, Bulldogs’ head coach Kirby Smart was on Atlanta’s AM-680’s “The Front Row” show to discuss the team and speak about his star tailback.

“His psyche is he’s still a little tentative right now because he’s just started to run some and do some things,” Smart said. ” … He’s shown really good progress.

“To say he’s going to be ready Day One or he’s gonna be ready Game One, I think we’re a long way away from that right now. We wanna do what’s right for Nick long-term. And that’s the most important thing.”

At the beginning of the season, it looked like Chubb would be one of three SEC runners vying for the Heisman Trophy with Leonard Fournette of LSU and Alabama’s Derrick Henry. Chubb’s knee injury ending those hopes. While he did not tear his ACL, there was still significant knee damage.

Chubb, when he returns to the lineup, will be sharing time with Sony Michel in a crowded Bulldogs’ backfield.

Chubb ran for 747 yards in five games; he rushed for 1,547 yards as a freshman in 2014.

MCCAFFREY CHOOSES MICHIGAN

Former NFL wide receiver will soon have two sons in college on opposite ends of the country.

His son Christian was the runner up to Derrick Henry and the Heisman Trophy after his outstanding play at Stanford. Now, his son Dylan will be playing at Michigan as the quarterback made his decision this week.

According to abc7chicago.com, the commitment gives the Wolverines two ESPN 300 commitments in the 2017 class, with McCaffrey ranked higher than fellow commit Ja’Raymond Hall, an offensive lineman.

McCaffrey is considered the top pocket passer in this class and should compete for the starting spot on the Wolverines offense this season.

Christian McCaffrey plays at Stanford, the school Michigan’s head coach Jim Harbaugh coached at prior to leaving the college game for the NFL and the San Francisco 49ers. To get the younger brother of the star running back was a major coup for the Michigan program.

CONNER WORKING OUT AT PITTSBURGH

Here is some great news for the Pittsburgh Panthers star running back James Conner.

In a story by Dan Parr of NFL.com, Conner vowed to play in 2016 when he announced in December that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi went a step further last week, guaranteeing that Conner would play in 2016, and now we’re getting a glimpse into why Narduzzi is feeling so optimistic.

Conner was selected as the ACC Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2014, when he ran for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns.

FLORIDA-MIAMI MAY BE BACK ON AGAIN

It’s a move that might make my father smile.

Florida and Miami may resume their in-state rivalry again as early as 2019.

Gridironnow.com published a story regarding the potential for both schools to meet again.

James Blake, the athletic director at Miami said there could be movement for this to happen.

The story claims there were reports in October that Florida and Miami were close to an agreement that would have them play in Orlando to open the 2019 season, but both schools called the reports premature.

The teams met annually from 1938-87 until Florida pulled out of the series. Since then, there have been just six meetings between the programs, twice of which were in bowl games. The most recent regular-season meeting was in 2013 at Miami. The schools last played in Gainesville in 2008.

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