ATHENS — As Georgia begins preseason camp, both of its star tailbacks will be on the field, but only one will be doing much.
The one who won’t be will be Sony Michel, as expected, who broke his arm in an ATV accident about a month ago. Head coach Kirby Smart indicated Michel will be in a brace when the team begins practice on Monday afternoon.
“Sony’s going to be limited at the beginning. There’s going to be things that he can and can’t do,” Smart said. “He’s going to really work hard on the conditioning aspect early on. Not comfortable with him right now if he were to have to fall and brace himself. So he won’t be as involved.”
But Nick Chubb, as Smart indicated earlier in the summer, will be unlimited the first few practices. Those who won’t be very physical or feature hard tackling.
“He will continue to do that, everything that he has done. And we will continue to monitor his progress,” Smart said. “The big thing for Nick is putting the ball in his hand. That what he really hasn’t had outside of drill work.”
While neither player has been ruled out for the season opener – and Chubb is getting closer to being able to play – Smart called it a “misnomer” that Georgia wouldn’t have a good tailback available if neither can play.
“We went through a large part of the spring without Nick,” Smart said. “Tae Crowder, Brendan Douglas have taken a lot of snaps here. Tae Crowder has come a long way from spring ball. We’ve got two freshmen I’m excited to see what they know and can do. The rhythm can be built through those guys.”