Nick Chubb made a strong return from injury, recording 222 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia’s season-opening win over the North Carolina Tar Heels. However, another stud running back on the team, Sony Michel, did not play.
Michel suffered a broken forearm in an ATV accident over the summer and his status for the season-opener was still in question.
There was some optimism for Georgia football fans when Michel dressed out for the game, even flashing his incredible speed and fluidity during pre-game warm ups. Michel passed the eye test, but he never stepped onto the field during the four quarters of play.
After the game, head coach Kirby Smart was asked about Michel’s status, saying that the running back has people fooled because of how good he looks.
“I said, hey, Sony you got all these folks fooled, man, because he was tearing it up,” Smart said, as Chubb laughed beside him. “I’m sure there were scouts and their coaches were over there going, good grief, he looks fast.”
But while Michel looks good, he actually isn’t even cleared. Smart added he remains day-to-day.
“He’s not cleared yet,” Smart said. “He’s day-to-day.”
The good news for Bulldogs fans is that Michel doesn’t seem to have lost a step, so when he finally gets the green light to return to the lineup, he should be ready to let loose on whichever defense he faces.
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