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Top Week 1 performances in Georgia football history Bo Underwood 16 hrs ago Facebook Twitter Email

The first week of the college football season is a hopeful time. It's a period before embarrassing losses, life-altering accidents, and realizing your team won't make it this year.

There is no other data that implies they won't win the Heisman or that the team won't make it all the way this year, which is why the excellent individual performance in Week 1 has the public so intrigued.

Following that, here are five of the greatest Georgia football season debuts in recent memory.

(2016) Nick Chubb v. North Carolina
The terrible knee injury Nick Chubb sustained against Tennessee the previous season, which prevented him from playing the remainder of the 2015 season, was Nick Chubb's first game back. In 2016, there were considerable uncertainties regarding Chubb's ability to recover from the injury.

The tailback answered those queries in Georgia's first game under Kirby Smart's leadership. In the first game of the season, Chubb ran the ball 32 times for 222 yards and two scores against North Carolina. With less than four minutes left in the game, he capped the day with a huge 55-yard touchdown run to seal the victory over the Tar Heels. After this game, it was evident that Chubb was back.

2014's Todd Gurley vs. Clemson
Chubb and Sony Michel played in their debut game for the Bulldogs in Georgia's 2014 season opener, although the contest is more well-known for Todd Gurley's lone-handed victory over Clemson. On just 15 carries, Gurley amassed 198 yards and three touchdowns while also returning a kickoff 100 yards for another score. Georgia still holds the record for most all-purpose yards in a single game thanks to Gurley's 293 of them.

Boise State vs. DJ Shockley, 2005

After three years as a backup, DJ Shockley finally got his chance to start for Georgia in 2005, and his debut went well. Shockley destroyed No. 18 Boise State by completing 5 passes for 289 yards and 5 touchdowns in Georgia's 48-13 triumph.

He concluded the game as the game's leading rusher and added another 85 yards and a touchdown on the ground. One of just five Georgia quarterbacks to ever pass for five touchdowns in a game, Shockley accomplished this feat in his very first start.

Utah State vs. Terrance Edwards (1999)
In Week 1, the arguably most productive receiver in Georgia history also happened to have his best day. In 1999, Terrance Edwards put on a show for Utah State, catching 10 catches for 196 yards and two scores. It was his first collegiate game ever, and he was playing wide receiver for the first time after converting from quarterback once he got to Athens.

Jim Donnan, the head coach at the time, called the performance "a human highlight film." Edwards' first career game was a fairly decent predictor of where he was headed and went on to become Georgia's all-time top receiver.

Southern Mississippi v. Greg Waters (1984)
The only defensive effort on the list was by Greg "Muddy" Waters, who didn't even make the starting lineup. In a close 26-19 victory over Southern Mississippi in 1984, the defensive end made three sacks after coming off the bench.

Kevin Butler, who made four field goals and broke Georgia's all-time scoring record during the game, deserves honorable mention.

But Waters' continuous interference from the edge was what allowed the Bulldogs to persevere and win. In spite of the fact that Waters' 59 tackles this season are an unofficial school record for most tackles in a season without making a start, his finest game of the year was the opener.


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