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Sony Michel Georgia Bulldogs Running Back 5-11, 215, 4.53, #1 Plantation, Florida American Heritage High School Born February 17, 1995
1/8/2018: Michel runs for 98 yards in losing effort - Though teammate Nick Chubb generated as much or more attention prior to Monday's national title game against Alabama, it was Michel who was the more effective back against the stout Crimson Tide front, rushing for 98 yards on just 14 carries (7.0 yard per carry average) in the 26-23 overtime loss. Michel also was the flashier back in the Rose Bowl matchup against Oklahoma, slicing through the Sooners for a career-high 181 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries (a whopping 16.5 average).
…On any other team, Michel might have been a Heisman contender and likely All-American. Playing in a backfield that also featured Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, however, meant fewer opportunities.
Winning the SEC title and playing for a national championship while splitting duty with Chubb - a good friend - was quite the consolation prize for Michel, however, who left Georgia with 3,638 rushing yards, 3rd only to Chubb (4,769) and the legendary Hershel Walker (5,259) and ahead of Gurley (3,285) in all-time career rushing yards for the powerhouse program.
Producing eye-popping numbers is nothing new for Michel, who rushed for 1,883 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in high school, earning the USA Today Football Player of the Year in 2013 for the talent-rich state of Florida. Michel (pronounced Michelle) signed with Georgia as one of the more highly touted prospects regardless of position in the entire country, a consensus top 20 talent regardless of position by recruiting experts.
He played in eight games as a true freshman and earned his first start against Louisville in the Belk Bowl, rushing for 33 yards and a touchdown and a catching a pass for another 32 yards against the Cardinals. Though he missed five games after breaking a bone in his shoulder against Tennessee, Michel looked every bit the part of a future pro as a freshman, rushing for 410 yards and five touchdowns on just 64 carries (a 6.4 yard per carry average), while also catching seven passes for 106 yards and another score.
It was Michel and not Gurley (who would be the 10th overall pick by the Rams a few months later) who would earn Offensive MVP honors in 2015, rushing for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns despite starting just six of the 13 games in which he played. Michel was especially effective as a receiver out of the backfield as a sophomore, catching 26 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns - each of which would be the highest marks of his college career.
Named one of four team captains (and yet starting just two of 12 games), Michel rushed for 840 yards and scored four touchdowns as a junior. He saved his best for last, setting career-highs in rushing yards (1,227), average per carry (7.9) and rushing touchdowns (16) as a senior, excelling down the stretch as Georgia won its first SEC crown since 2005 and earned a trip to the national championship.
BACKGROUND American Heritage, coached by Mike Rumph ... 2013 American Family Insurance USA Today All-USA first team and All-USA Florida Team ... USA Today Florida Football Player of the Year ... member of Florida's Class 5A All-State First Team ... member of the 2013 FHSF Class 5A Preseason All-State Elite Team ... PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, Top 150 Dream Team, #3 ranked RB and #10 ranked player in the country ... Rivals.com five star prospect, #14 player nationally, #14 RB nationally, #2 player in the state ... Scout.com five-star prospect, #13 player nationally, #2 RB nationally, #2 player in the state ... 247Sports.com four-star prospect, #57 player nationally, #6 RB nationally, #8 player in the state ... ESPN.com four-star prospect, #19 player nationally, #2 RB nationally, #2 player in the state ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Game ... rushed for 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season.
STRENGTHS Naturally elusive back, showing the light feet and greasy knees to shake defenders in a phone booth and squirt through small holes to get to the secondary in the blink of an eye. Bolts to and through the line of scrimmage when the hole is there, showing very good initial quickness to create positive yardage. Doesn't panic when the hole isn't immediately available, however, showing patience when necessary to allow blocks to develop, as well as very good vision for cutback lanes with the lateral agility and burst to take advantage. Good balance to tightrope the sideline and dead-leg defenders, showing the ability to keep his feet through contact. Possesses broad shoulders and a very well-built upper body with a v-cut mid-section and relatively narrow hips, leaving a disproportionately small bulls-eye for would-be tacklers to target. Lowers his shoulder to initiate contact, showing no hesitancy to run through traffic. Soft hands out of the backfield with good concentration to gather and secure the ball quickly. Physical in pass protection, competing to sustain blocks. -- Rob Rang 1/13/2018
WEAKNESSES Possesses a relatively high-cut "beach body" frame with better muscle development in his upper body than his lower. Has an upright running style and just average leg drive to churn out the tough yards. More quick than fast, lacking the elite second gear to pull away. Some ball security issues with 12 fumbles (five lost) over his career, averaging one per 131 touches, albeit with just two (one lost) coming in 2017... Needs to show greater awareness in pass protection, getting tunnel vision and failing to anticipate blitzers and edge rushers, at times. Comes with some medical red-flags, after twice undergoing surgery on his left arm due to separate incidents. Missed five games in 2015 after sustaining a broken bone in his left shoulder. Underwent surgery prior to the 2016 season (July) after breaking his left forearm following an ATV accident. - Rob Rang 1/13/2018
COMPARES TO: Alvin Kamara, Saints - It remains to be seen if Michel is drafted into as enviable a role as Kamara landed with the Saints' wide-open attack but like the similarly-built former Tennessee (and Alabama) standout, Michel could be destined for even greater success in the NFL than he enjoyed in the SEC.
IN OUR VIEW: Teams looking for an immediate spark will be intrigued by Michel, whose production against elite competition speaks for itself. Kamara is at his best in space and boasts the soft hands to be a formidable weapon on all three downs, projecting as an immediate impact rookie who would be best served going to a team which will complement him with a bruiser for short yardage duties.
Played in 14 games, starting the Georgia Tech and Alabama contests...named one of four permanent team captains, co-Offensive MVP and winner of Charley Trippi Award as most versatile offensive player at team's post-season awards gala...the Bulldogs' second-leading rusher with 1227 yards on just 156 carries...finished his career 3rd on UGA's all-time rushing list with 3,638 yards, having passed both Garrison Hearst and Todd Gurley with an 85-yard effort vs. Georgia Tech...also ranks 16th among all-time rushers in SEC history..
.Named to the All-Bowl Team of both ESPN and Rivals.com...Offensive MVP of the Rose Bowl with four touchdowns, tying a Bulldog bowl record for Points Scored and TDs...on his 75-yard rushing TD, Michel set a new Georgia bowl record for longest rushing TD and eclipsed 1,000 yards on a season for the second time..also scored the game-winning touchdown in double overtime, setting a new career-high of 181 yards on just 11 carries....ran for a team-high 137 yards on just six carries vs. Florida, including TD runs of 74 (career long) and 45 yards...ranked 5th nationally and 1st in the SEC in rushing yards per attempt (7.87)...ran for 150 yards on just 12 carries at Vanderbilt...scored on a 50-yard run in the 3rd quarter vs. the Commodores...totaled 11 rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown at Tennessee...put Georgia up 31-0 over the Vols with a 21-yard TD run
Rushed seven times for 32 yards against Mississippi State...did not play against Samford...finished with 73 yards on 13 carries in the road win at Notre Dame...scored a third-quarter TD that gave Georgia a 17-16 lead against the Irish...rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries against Appalachian State...had a long rush of 44 yards, which set up Georgia’s second touchdown of the game against the Mountaineers...scored a touchdown of his own to put Georgia up 21-0 against Appalachian State...left SEC Championship Game with a third-quarter injury...preseason Third-Team All-SEC by media...named to Doak Walker Award and Senior Bowl preseason watch lists...recipient of the Davis Family Foundation Football Scholarship.
Played in 12 games, making two starts...named one of four overall team captains for the 2016 season...team's No. 2 rusher this season, with 840 yards on 152 carries (5.5 avg.)...finished season with 2,411 career rushing yards, 9th-best in UGA history...named Offensive MVP of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl game vs. TCU after he rushed for 87 yards, had 39 receiving yards and scored two TDs..
.Georgia's top rusher in four games: 91 yards vs. Tennessee, 133 yards at South Carolina, 127 yards at Kentucky, and a career-best 170 vs. Georgia Tech...also the Bulldogs fourth-leading receiver with 20 catches and 110 yards...scored a key 26-yard TD in win at Kentucky with 9:12 to play...also had two big runs on the Bulldogs' game-winning drive...first start of the season came at Missouri, where he had nine carries for 37 yards and three catches 19 yards...his last carry was a big one, a 15-yarder on 3rd-and-10 during UGA's game-winning drive...gained 66 yards on 11 carries at Ole Miss...rushed for 55 yards and caught three passes for 18 yards vs. Auburn...earned a team Community Service Award during spring drills...recipient of the Davis Family Foundation Football Scholarship.
Played in 13 games with six starts ... voted team’s offensive MVP ... Charley Trippi Most Versatile Award ... Phil Steele’s Third Team All-SEC ... 1,161 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 219 attempts; 13th time a Bulldog as rushed for 1,000 yards in a season ... 26 receptions for 270 yards and three scores ... 149 yards rushing and a TD and three receptions for 38 yards at Georgia Tech; career-long TD rush of 34 yards ... 132 yards rushing, including the game-winning 25-yard TD run in overtime vs. Georgia Southern ... career-high 165 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries vs. Kentucky ... 145 yards rushing on a career-high 22 carries at Tennessee ... 77 rushing yards on six carries (12.5 avg) and two TDs vs. Southern ... three catches for 32 yards and two TDs and added a rushing TD vs. South Carolina ... career-long 31-yard TD run at Vanderbilt ... career-high 79 receiving yards vs. ULM ... UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll ... recipient of the Davis Family Foundation Football Scholarship ... inducted into UGA’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program.
Played in eight games making one start ... made first career start vs. No. 20 Louisville in the Belk Bowl ... 410 rushing yards and 5 TDs on 64 carries ... seven receptions for 106 yards and a TD ... 9 carries for 49 yards vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech ... returned to action after missing time with an injury and rushed for 21 yards on eight carries vs. Charleston Southern ... rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown at Kentucky ... sustained an injury vs. Tennessee and missed the Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, Florida and Auburn games ... served as a team captain vs. Troy ... named SEC Freshman of the Week and CFPA Honorable Mention Running Back of the Week after he led the team with 155 rushing yards and three TDs on 10 carries vs. Troy ... had a 33-yard TD reception at No. 24 South Carolina ... rushed for 33 yards on six carries and caught three passes for 20 yards vs. No. 16 Clemson ... recipient of the Davis Family Foundation Football Scholarship.
American Heritage, coached by Mike Rumph ... 2013 American Family Insurance USA Today All-USA first team and All-USA Florida Team ... USA Today Florida Football Player of the Year ... member of Florida’s Class 5A All-State First Team ... member of the 2013 FHSF Class 5A Preseason All-State Elite Team ... PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, Top 150 Dream Team, #3 ranked RB and #10 ranked player in the country ... Rivals.com five star prospect, #14 player nationally, #14 RB nationally, #2 player in the state ... Scout.com five-star prospect, #13 player nationally, #2 RB nationally, #2 player in the state ... 247Sports.com four-star prospect, #57 player nationally, #6 RB nationally, #8 player in the state ... ESPN.com four-star prospect, #19 player nationally, #2 RB nationally, #2 player in the state ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Game ... rushed for 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season.
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03/22/18 - Some draft experts have suggested Michel might hear his name called late in the first round, although most expect him -- along with backfield mate Nick Chubb -- to go somewhere in the second or third. "I can only control what I can control so I'm not going to play this guessing game with myself, thinking of where I'm going to be," Michel said. "I'm just going to be myself, be the best Sony I can be and leave it in God's hands." Still, it's fun to know that he and Chubb -- who only did position drills for coaches and scouts -- are about to enter their NFL journey together. "It would be great to see him go as high as possible. I'd like to go as high as possible, too," Michel said. "At the end of the day it's not our choice. Just sit back and wait until it happens." No matter where Michel falls, expectations are high.
Some have even compared the south Florida native to Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, a similar back, who went on to become the NFL Rookie of the Year. However, Michel feels all comparisons should stop there. "I can't compare myself. He was Rookie of the Year. I didn't do anything. I can't compare myself to the Rookie of the Year. I've got to do what Sony's got to do," Michel said. "He's established, he's had his rookie season, I can't get into those comparisons because all that's doing is feeding into the hype. - Anthony Dasher, The Sports Xchange
03/22/18 - Former Georgia running back Sony Michel has not been one to take anything for granted. He never did during his four years as a key member of the Bulldogs, and he is certainly not doing that now with the 2018 NFL Draft just over a month away (April 26-28) in Arlington, Texas. It's been a hectic three months for Michel, a key part of Georgia's run to the National Championship Game against Alabama, before he immediately jumped into his preparation for what he hopes is going to be a long and successful pro career. "Not knowing where we're going to end up is what has us on our toes," Michel said. "At this point, I don't think anyone who's going through this process should take it as all the work is done. They're still evaluating us whether we're on the field or off."
On Wednesday, Michel was one of 21 former Bulldogs taking part in Georgia's annual Pro Day, which featured representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including head coaches Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions and Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals. "My approach was to come out and have fun," Michel said. "I think I did pretty good. It's kind of hard to read those coaches, but the way I see it, if the coaches are coaching, I'm doing something right. They're willing to work with me." Michel was already prominently on the radar of NFL teams before Wednesday's annual event after a strong showing at last month's NFL Combine in Indianapolis. - Anthony Dasher, The Sports Xchange
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Running back Measurements: The Georgia senior running backs, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, weren't at the Senior Bowl, so teams were eager to get updated measurements from them. Michel is 5-10 5/8-inches and 214 pounds. Chubb is 5-10 7/8-inches and 227 pounds. Both came in as expected. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/08/18 - College Football Playoff national championship game: No. 3 Georgia (13-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama (12-1) at Atlanta, Monday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN), KEY MATCHUP: Georgia RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel against Alabama's top-ranked run defense, led by NT Da'Ron Payne. Seniors Chubb and Michel are the first Georgia teammates to run for more than 1,000 yards in the same season and the roommates went off in last week's Rose Bowl victory against Oklahoma, combining for 326 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Alabama allows 2.7 yards per carry and the 302-pound Payne's play is pivotal, consuming blockers and allowing linebackers such as Rashaan Evans to track down ball carriers. If Georgia's dynamic duo of Chubb and Michel is slowed that puts more pressure on freshman quarterback Jake Fromm to produce. - AP College Football
01/04/18 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Running back...Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia (Rose): We're including the Georgia teammates as a package after they combined for six touchdowns in the third-ranked Bulldogs' 54-48 double-overtime semifinal triumph over No. 2 Oklahoma. Michel ran 11 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns - including the game-winning 27-yard score - and caught four passes for 41 yards and a fourth touchdown. Chubb ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. - AP College Football