Earlier in the week, Georgia moved defensive back J.J. Green to running back to provide more depth behind Nick Chubb and Brendan Douglas. According to Georgia 247, the Bulldogs are still concerned with the position as attrition has taken place. Coming into the season, they were widely known as the best running back unit in the country.
Georgia was hoping that Keith Marshall would get back from injury this week, but it looks like he’ll be unavailable for the game against Arkansas. With Sony Michel also suffering from an injury, Georgia wanted to make sure they have the running back position solidified.
As of Thursday, Todd Gurley has not been cleared to play for the Bulldogs, but he has been participating in practice this week. Coach Richt stated, “If he’s eligible, he’ll travel” to the game. After Gurley and Marshall fell to injuries last season, Green was part of the running back committee to help the Georgia running game. He finished with 384 yards on 68 carries. Green also has three touchdowns in his career.
Another reason why the move back to running back should make for a smooth transition is due to Georgia’s dominant defense this season. The Bulldogs are 11th in total defense, and they have been punishing against the run. However, their front seven will be tested against Arkansas.
It remains to be seen if J.J. Green gets any carries this weekend, but it’s highly likely to play out that way. Nick Chubb carried the ball 38 times last week, so for Georgia to continue with the ‘ground and pound’ attack, they’ll need more than two running backs in the fold.