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What We Are Hearing

ATHENS - There’s still a lot up in the air coming into the first game of the season.

Will Sony Michel play against North Carolina? Who will be the place kicker? Who will be the punter? I'm not sure on any of those questions...

Kirby Smart called Michel “day to day” on Monday. We likely won’t know his status until just before kickoff. Of course there’s plenty of time before the game for Michel to get a little banged up and miss the game, but to know that he will play… that’s probably going to be something that isn’t confirmed until just before kickoff. 

My guess is that Michel won’t play, and that’s only a guess. Here we are five days before the season starts, and he’s not totally been cleared to play. If you don’t play Michel this week, that buys you nearly three full weeks into the season before he would have to carry the ball. And that’s really the issue - caring the ball. Michel looks great for sure, but he could set himself back a long way if he plays when the bone is not fully healed. He’s got a lot going on this season in terms of setting himself up for a professional career. If he isn’t totally ready to play he’s not going to be out there. 

We will see around kickoff. 

I asked a few insiders about Nick Chubb this weekend, and they feel like he’s really as close to being ready as possibly can be expected. Again, he’s a guy who you will have to see do it on game day, but there’s little doubt that he’s done everything necessary to get to this position. Where he takes it from here is up to him. 

Jacob Eason had a good two weeks or so with the No. 1 unit. That’s pretty well the reason why he’s expected to start on Saturday. That period of time showed that he was able to start grasping things at a greater clip. Although it wasn’t without ups and downs, Eason’s two weeks with the No. 1 unit was the time at which he needed to get the job done to pass the two older players. I’m not convinced he would be the leader going into this game at that position if he didn’t get that time with the ones. 

UGA continues to being the trending team for D'Andre Swift, who will make his college destination announcement on Thursday. Mark Webb, Swift’s cousin, also has the Bulldogs at the top of his list. Swift would be UGA’s 7th Top 100 player in the class of 2017, which will be the second most in the country this season (Ohio State) and the most since the 2009 class that featured Aaron Murray, Marlon Brown, Orson Charles and Zach Mettenberger.

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