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Kirby Smart: Good news on Nick Chubb, no news on the QB

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Monday that running back Nick Chubb is full-go for Saturday’s season-opener against North Carolina at the Georgia Dome. But Smart said he still doesn’t know who is starting at quarterback.

“He’s been cleared,” Smart said of Chubb. “It’s a situation where he’s scrimmaged, done live things and he’s had a lot of practices where he’s carried it more than five to seven times. We feel good about Nick; he feels great and is ready to go. He won’t be on a ‘pitch count’ by any means.”

Chubb being back to full strength is remarkable, considering he is just eight months removed from a gruesome knee injury at Tennessee last October. He also was not able to take part in contact drills during the spring.

While Chubb is a full-go, that is not the case for fellow junior Sony Michel at this time. He has still not been cleared for full contact.

Georgia could also be without freshman running back Elijah Holyfield. Smart says that he is still "day-to-day" with a lingering ankle issue.

As for the quarterback, the competition has been knocked down from three options to two: senior Greyson Lambert and true freshman Jacob Eason. Both could play against UNC.

"We're going to see how it goes," Smart said. "First thing we've got to do is figure out who's taking the first snap before we worry about the next guy coming in. But I think it will reveal itself in the next couple of days. We'll continue to give those guys reps and get both of them ready to play."

Eason and Lambert were seen working with the first-team offense Friday, giving the impression that junior Brice Ramsey was out of the running. Smart confirmed that Monday. He also said Eason has made the most of his opportunity.

"He's done a good job," Smart said. "We've gotten a little more into game-planning, so he's done a good job at managing those. We'll make the decision on the next couple of practices."

Sophomore wide receiver Terry Godwin says Eason's work ethic has endeared him to the team.

"Every guy on this team is walking around like we're going to compete for a spot," Godwin said. "You're always competing for a spot and you're never given anything. He came in and knew he was going to have to fight for a spot. I feel like he's still doing that, not relaxing and always on point."

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