ATHENS — It may not be much, but there is progress in Sony Michel’s recovery from a broken forearm.
The junior tailback was taking handoffs during the media viewing period of Wednesday’s Georgia’s practice. It was during the play polish period, when quarterbacks hand to tailbacks, who run straight ahead a few feet.
Michel, who suffered an open fracture in his left forearm about a month ago, was wearing a white wrapping on his arm. He had been wearing a black brace as recently as Tuesday, so that’s also progress.
But when the team went into individual drills, Michel resumed working on the side by himself. Still, it’s the first time in three preseason practices that Michel was seen doing that much.
Another injured tailback, sophomore Shaquery Wilson, was also sitting out practice. But Wilson, who suffered a bone bruise on Monday, is considered day-to-day, while Michel’s status for the season opener is in doubt.
A few other notes from the media viewing period:
- During a pursuit drill, the defense appeared to be in a 3-3-5 alignment, or 2-4-5. The first team for that drill was defensive lineman Trent Thompson and John Atkins, outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter (playing on the line) and Davin Bellamy, inside linebackers Reggie Carter and Natrez Patrick, cornerbacks Malkom Parrish and Juwan Briscoe, nickel back Aaron Davis, and safeties Dominick Sanders and Quincy Mauger.
- Second-team outside linebackers Chuks Amaechi and D’Andre Walker incurred the wrath of head coach Kirby Smart during that pursuit drill. Smart went after them for not doing the drill correctly. (That’s a very sanitized version.)
- Nothing really of note as far as the quarterbacks during the media viewing period. The reps are being mixed up, with no obvious pecking order during the drills the media saw.