It is championship week across college football, those match-ups are playing themselves out in locker rooms across the NFL. No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia meet for the SEC Championship Saturday in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, at 4 PM ET.
The Cleveland Browns do not have any Alabama players roster but there is a big Crimson Tide graduate – offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens has supposedly told one of the two Georgia players on the roster that he can call plays Sunday against the Houston Texans if the Bulldogs win Saturday.
“He says if Georgia wins, he will let me call plays,” running back Nick Chubb said on NFL Network’s ‘Up to the Minute’ with Andrew Siciliano, who is a noted Browns fans.
Fullback Orson Charles is the other Georgia player on the roster.
Kitchens is likely confident that the Crimson Tide are going to win the game. They are undefeated this season and have not played in a close game. Alabama is a 13.5 point favorite over Georgia. Despite the odds, Chubb thinks his team gets it done.
“I think Georgia is going to get it done,” Chubb said.
If the Bulldogs were somehow to win, it is doubtful that Kitchens would actually allow Chubb to call plays. Honestly, the running back probably does not even want that responsibility. He has been successful enough in Cleveland’s offense with Kitchens calling the plays.
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Kitchens was the starting quarterback for Alabama from 1993-1997. He threw for 4,668 yards and 30 touchdowns during his career. He compiled a 22-13 record as the starter with appearances in the Gator Bowl, Outback Bowl and Citrus Bowl.
Chubb was the No. 35 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Georgia. The 22 year old has 122 carries for 663 yards and six touchdowns this season as well as nine receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns. As a high school athlete in Cedartown, Georgia, Chubb was a freak athlete. In track and field, he was successful in long jump, shot put and the 100-meter dash. He has been named NFL Rookie of the Week twice this season. He has been nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week this week as well. Chubb was named the starting running back after the trade of veteran running back Carlos Hyde in October.
Chubb was 0-2 against Alabama in collegiate playing career. Last year, the two teams met in the College Football Playoff Championship. The Crimson Tide held Chubb to 25 rushing yards on 18 carries in a 26-23 overtime victory.