JEFFERSON | It’s one thing to say that running back Nick Chubb will bring both power and speed to Georgia’s backfield for the next few years.
It’s another to see those attributes on display this week at the Georgia Olympics at Jefferson’s Memorial Stadium.
Chubb won the Class AAAA shot put Thursday afternoon on his final throw of 55 feet.
“It shows I’m truly balanced,” said Chubb, who graduates from Cedartown High School on June 1 and will report to Athens the next day. “I can do it all. I’m an athlete. I can run and I can throw. … I’m truly blessed. I worked very hard to get this.”
The 5-foot-11, 226-pound Chubb will show off his motor today after qualifying in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 4×100 meter relay.
“I’m planning to medal, place in everything I do — top three in everything hopefully,” he said.
He ran a 10.69 in the sectionals in the 100 and is seeded second.
Chubb is part of a 1-2 tailback punch the Bulldogs signed along with the five-star rated Sony Michel, out of Plantation, Fla.
Chubb rushed for 2,690 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior last fall and set a GACA state power clean record with a lift of 395 pounds this winter.
“I didn’t really felt like I won anything because I do that stuff every day,” Chubb said. “It’s better competition out here.”
After Chubb’s final throw put him ahead and he ended up winning, Cedartown track coach Mike Worthington joked with him: “What are you trying to do? Give me a heart attack?”
Worthington is pointing Chubb toward shot put and 100-meter titles.
He wants Chubb to match former Cincinnati Bengal running back Larry Kinnebrew from East Rome who won state titles in the 100-yard dash and shot put in the late 1970s.
After his shot put win, Chubb said: “I really don’t know the feeling. I’ve never had this feeling before. I never won anything, but it feels good to be a champion finally. I look forward to more championships.”
Chubb qualified in the long jump last year, but figured he had a better chance to win at shot put.
Competing at the same time Thursday in the Class AAA shot put was Georgia tight end signee Hunter Atkinson from West Hall. He finished fourth with a throw of 49-2 ½ inches.
Reese Hoffa, the former Georgia thrower who won the 2012 Olympic bronze medal in the shot put and who still trains in Athens, was watching the AAA competition because his wife is the throws coach at Oconee County.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Hoffa said of Chubb’s prowess in the shot put and sprints. “Being just a great athlete, you’re going to be able to do things incredible and I guess throwing the shot put and sprinting is no different.”
Chubb woudn’t mind putting on a few more pounds before August practices.
“As long as I keep my speed,” he said.
Even in a crowded backfield, Chubb will enter his freshman season trying to earn his spot.
“I’m self-driven,” he said. “I’m motivated. I’m ready.”
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