Freshmen Duo Reunited

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Georgia’s freshmen tailback duo was back together Saturday.

Nick Chubb was joined again in the backfield by Sony Michel, who played for the first time since sustaining a broken left shoulder blade against Tennessee on Sept. 27.

Chubb started and led the Bulldogs with 170 yards and a touchdown on only 13 carries, but Michel ended up having the biggest workload for the Bulldogs.

Michel rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and said the shoulder never bothered him. “I didn’t feel anything, the game went smooth,” Michel said.

He wasn’t sure exactly which game would be the one he might return. Coach Mark Richt said X-rays this week determined the shoulder had healed to allow Michel to play, but it was a matter of his pain tolerance.

“Just watching him run, he looked confident, he looked like he was ready to go and he was excited about playing,” Richt said. Michel said he knew throughout the week that he would play.

“I’m happy he’s back,” said Isaiah McKenzie, a teammate at American Heritage in Plantation, Fla. who returned a kickoff and punt return for touchdown. “I want to see him shine, just like I am.”

Chubb and Michel will be joined by star Todd Gurley, who returns from a four-game suspension Saturday against Auburn. Michel is ready for whatever role he’s asked to play.

“If I got to go in and block, I’m OK with that,” Michel said.

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