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#CFBTop25: No. 22, Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

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Nick Chubb was rated at No. 8 in last year's countdown of college football's best players after his performance in replacing Todd Gurley in the Georgia backfield in 2014. By now, Chubb -- a junior -- could have been considered the top running back in the nation, but a knee injury ended his 2015 season in October.

CFB 24/7 is marking the days to the start of the 2016 season by counting down the top 25 players in college football.

Chubb rushed for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in the five games prior to his injury, and was well on his way toward eclipsing his impressive stat line from 2014 (1,547 yards, 14 touchdowns). Chubb's ability to return to form following last season's knee injury could vault Chubb back among college football's elite runners.

Pulling back the curtain on the vote


Chubb earned votes from four of seven CFB 24/7 experts. In CFB 24/7's "16 for '16" series, Chubb checks in at No. 10 in a countdown of the top Heisman Trophy contenders for 2016.

What some of our analysts are saying about Chubb


"Chubb is coming off of an injury, but I still expect him to be one of the top players in the country. He has outstanding physical talent but it's his feel and vision as a runner that sets him apart." -- Daniel Jeremiah

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"Despite coming off of a knee injury, Chubb remains one of the scariest runners in the SEC. As a big, physical runner with superb vision, balance and body control, he could string together 100-yard games as the RB1 in the Bulldogs' offense." -- Bucky Brooks

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"If Chubb had stayed healthy last season, he'd be near the top of this list. Few backs possess his combination of cutting ability, acceleration and power." -- Chad Reuter

Where do fans rank Chubb?


We asked Twitter users who they considered the best player in college football. Despite his midseason injury, Chubb finished 12th in the fan vote. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason might suggest Chubb should have finished much higher.

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