ATLANTA --- To best appreciate the production of Tashard Choice when healthy, consider the time the senior has missed through Georgia Tech's nine games.
Choice was held to a combined 20 carries for 50 yards rushing in two games because of a hamstring injury. He missed one game and half of another with a knee injury that required surgery.
Even so, Choice still leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing, both in total yards and average per game.
Choice has rushed for 864 yards, an average of 108 per game despite the hamstring injury which limited him to 31 yards against Boston College and 19 on only five carries against Virginia.
Choice barely played against Virginia, missed the fourth quarter against Boston College, played only one half before hurting his knee against Army and missed last week's Virginia Tech game and still has 66 more yards Clemson's James Davis.
It's no wonder the Yellow Jackets are ecstatic about having Choice back for Saturday's game at Duke.
Choice had the biggest smile of all when he made his return to practice on Tuesday and proclaimed he was ready for 30 to 35 carries against the Blue Devils.
"I'm good. I'm good to go," Choice said. "I'm ready to go where I left off. I'm happy to be back out here with the fellas, happy to be out here with my teammates."
Choice was in uniform for the Virginia Tech game, but only to serve as a team captain. He said he might have been closer to game-ready for the Thursday night game than many believed, however.
"I believe if I had Saturday, one more day, I would have been ready to go," he said.
"Hey, you can only control what you can control. I'll be out here for Duke."
Choice's return comes as Georgia Tech (5-4 overall, 2-4 ACC) is trying to recover from the disappointment of being eliminated from the Coastal Division race in the conference.
Freshman Jonathan Dwyer led Georgia Tech with 10 carries for 68 yards last week.
The return of Choice should bring the return of the Jacket's normal ACC-leading running game.
Choice had 30 or more carries in three consecutive games in which he rushed for 145 yards against Clemson, 135 against Maryland and 204 at Miami.