ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia coach Kirby Smart expressed optimism in junior running back Sony Michel’s availability in the Bulldogs’ Sept. 3 season opener against North Carolina during an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” Friday.
“I’ve got great confidence in Sony and Sony’s worked really hard to get in shape,” Smart said. “So the reports of him not being favorable? I don’t know if that’s accurate. The kid is out there doing everything that he’s been cleared to do. It’s just that he hasn’t been cleared to do everything.”
Michel, a junior, broke his left forearm on July 4 weekend in an ATV accident. He underwent surgery to repair the arm the following day and was expected to be out for 6-8 weeks.
Smart told Finebaum that Michel has continued to do even more on-field work in trying to come back from an arm injury.
“He’s running, in 7-on-7s, he’s in a black (non-contact) jersey and he was returning kicks (Thursday),” Smart said. “So he’s doing a lot of positive things. It’s just he hasn’t been cleared to play yet. We won’t know that and it may even be a game-time decision.”
Smart said after the team’s second scrimmage last Saturday that Michel had been working in 7-on-7 drills during practice. The Bulldogs coach termed it as an “upgrade.”
(You can follow Dan Mathews on Twitter @DanMathewsATL)
© 2016, Dan Mathews. All rights reserved.
© 2016, gridironnow.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.