Sony Michel’s Time to Shine
Sony Michel’s Time to Shine:
Sony Michel started at WR at South Carolina in 2014 due to injuries and lack of depth, catching a pass down the field immediately, running routes with his high school teammate (“Joystick”). With McKenzie departing school early for the NFL after a poor academic showing and highly-dynamic junior campaign, the opening for an in-space playmaker is clearly there at UGA . The “X” factor this football season may be capitalizing on the versatility of the senior running back.
It was much publicized that Nick Chubb returned to school to chase glory, while he has amazingly entered actual distance of Herschel Walker’s all-time SEC running mark. It should be noted that the NCAA does not count Herschel’s (3-year) bowl yardage and does count Chubb’s, but even coming close to the mark is newsworthy. And, these two have been a dynamic duo package deal from day one.
The defense is going to get the ball back for the Dawgs this year. Everybody is back and that side of the ball is mature and loaded.
I know fans were skeptical after a tough 5-loss campaign, but the excuse for UGA’s lack of offensive productivity may be realistic. With a true frosh gunslinger playing behind an underperforming but, more than anything, just not super talented offensive line, options reduced. The predictable run-run-pass (“R-R-P”) play calling was explained away in the name of immaturity and not enough to work with up front.
While the biggest hauls in our stellar recruiting class were big bodied and talented linemen, at least there was enough returning, emerging talent on hand in the Classic City that nobody was immediately thrust into the starting lineup. But it is only a matter of time. If this line can infuse youth to up our frontline talent, while we get improved passing productivity from Jacob Eason, Georgia can win big. Big ifs, I know.
The receiving corps is not as impressive an option to me as getting balls to tight ends and runners in space is. Multiple, the way we came out in the Tennessee game is the way to keep defenses off balance. Lost in the heartbreak and chaos, was that while still showing glaring weaknesses, that was probably our best called offensive football game last season. Coming off a blowout loss, Chubb was injured and only made a cameo appearance in the hard-hitting contest. Resultant was the coaching staff knew ahead of time they had to pull out all the stops and did a rather good job of it, especially for most of the first half. I’d like to see us come out with that creative urgency early and way more often this year. We can’t be settling for punts as much. When we are in the red zone, we must punch it in more regularly. Eason has actually way outperformed the heralded running game in red zone situations.
While Chubb will benefit most from keeping the chains moving, the key to moving those sticks should be his roommate. Sony is playing for NFL riches and has a golden opportunity to enter the spotlight in 2017. And if first downs can lead to more touchdowns, the sky is the limit.