Georgia RB Sony Michel broke his arm. What are the five things that matter about the loss of the Dawg running back?
– Georgia RB Sony Michel suffered a broken left forearm in an non-football related accident on Sunday. He’s expected to be back at some point this season, but it’s still not determined exactly how long he’ll be out for with the season starting in two months against North Carolina. The early prognosis is around eight weeks, but that’s speculation.
– Michel was supposed to become the breakout star of the first part of the year – at least – with Nick Chubb still trying to recover from a bad knee injury from late last season. There’s hope for Chubb to come back at some point, but – total speculation – it’s doubtful that he’ll be ready in time for the opener.
– With Chubb out, Michel led the team in rushing last season with 1,161 yards and eight scores, averaging 5.3 yards per pop, with 26 catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He scored in each of the last three games and rolled for 145 yards against Tennessee, 165 against Kentucky, and 149 against Georgia Tech.
– Banged up throughout his career, the 5-11, 212-pound junior has fought through injuries to his hand and shoulder. He’s tough enough to play through this if possible, but the Bulldogs have to be careful – they can’t lose him for the season.
– What Does This Really Mean?
Alright, Brendan Douglas. The floor’s yours.
The 5-11, 215-pound senior only ran for 140 yards last season and is coming off an arm injury of his own, but he’ll be the first option. Fall camp will be used to try to find someone more dynamic.
If there’s one area Georgia couldn’t afford to get hit with a big injury, this was it. Chubb – from all indications – isn’t going to be ready to roll for a while, and the hope is to start out the season with true freshman Jacob Eason at quarterback. That’s a problem if there isn’t a reliable back to carry the load.
Depth was already an issue, and now the options are paper thin needing freshmen Elijah Holyfield – Evander’s extremely talented son – and 6-3, 220-pound thumper Tae Crowder to step up and shine.
Getting through North Carolina shouldn’t be too much of an issue, and getting Nicholls right after is a break, but the running game had better be working with road games at Missouri and Ole Miss to close out September.