FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Sony Michel racked up 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore for UGA, but he says he’s just getting started. Despite averaging 5.6 yards per carry in two seasons with the Bulldogs, he thinks the best has to yet to come.
“I’m taking a big step,” Michel told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi on Sunday. “I’m trying to expand my skills and do everything so I can be on the field a lot more.”
Michel attended Sunday’s Nike Opening football prospect camp at his alma mater, American Heritage High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Michel, 21, was really cast into the spotlight when running back Nick Chubb suffered a season-ending knee injury in October. With Chubb back in 2016, UGA looks to have a powerful two-headed rushing attack and Michel is excited to get things started on March 15 when spring practice begins.
“I’m looking forward to just getting back on the field and getting ready for next season,” Michel said. “I can’t wait to touch the football again.”
The spring practices will be the first chance to see new coach Kirby Smart on the field at UGA, but Michel said the former Alabama defensive coordinator is already making a good impression.
“He came in and he has been what we expected,” Michel said. “He’s a hard coach and he demands a lot from us. We’ve been buying into what he’s saying.
“He knows what it takes to win. He did big things at Alabama, so we just have to trust him.”
Michel was voted the team’s offensive MVP after the season and received UGA’s Charley Trippi Most Versatile Award. He finished sixth in the SEC in rushing and sixth in total yards from scrimmage.
“I’ve done a good job, but there’s always room for improvement,” Michel said. “I’m trying to be the best.”