“It’s just how my shoulder pads were fitted,” Sony Michel said Wednesday night after the team's second preseason practice. “My shoulder was too much exposed and I just got some new shoulder pads so I’ll be ready to go.”
Michel suffered a broken bone in his left shoulder after sustaining the injury against Tennessee and fractured it again in the spring. He said getting fitted for new shoulder pads took no more than 30 minutes.
If Michel can stay on the field, he should give Georgia another explosive playmaker at the position behind Heisman Trophy candidate Nick Chubb. Georgia's depth at the position also includes junior Keith Marshall.
Michel finished last season with 410 rushing yards and five touchdown in eight games. He missed four games last season with the shoulder injury. The Plantation, Fla., product missed the final 11 spring practices, including the G-Day game.
Michel knows about dealing with injuries since he tore an ACL his sophomore year at American Heritage High School.
“I know how to overcome those things,” he said. “I’m going to have ups and downs. I’m preparing for them this year. Everybody goes through them whether it’s minor or major.”
The 5-foot-11, 208-pound Michel doesn’t have a goal of any specific rushing numbers, but his teammates are rooting for him.
“He’s worked hard so this offseason getting healthy and fighting back to where he was last year and to get even better,” backup center Hunter Long said. “He’s a very versatile player. He can stick it up the middle. He can take it outside on sweeps and tosses and can go out on routes. …He’s going to be a big part of our offense this year.”
Michel wants to earn a starting spot on every special teams, but doesn’t expect to overtake high school teammate Isaiah McKenzie returning kicks.
“We’ve got a superhero back there,” Michel said. “I hope I’m back there, but I’m honored just to be able to block for him.”