ATHENS — It actually wasn’t the focus of the line of questions Sony Michel was receiving on Tuesday but, inevitably, it got turned that way. He was asked about what it was like to be part of Georgia’s tailback fraternity, then ended up having address whether he’d be turning pro after this season.
The junior stayed blissfully in the moment with his answer, uttering the words “right now” three different times in his short answer.
“That’s a great question,” he said “But, nah. Right now I’m focusing on right now and, as of right now, I’m staying.”
Michel laughed at his own answer.
The Bulldogs are certainly happy they have Michel “right now.” He’s one head in what has developed into a three-headed monster coming at opposing defenses from Georgia’s backfield. He is 76.8 all-purpose yards per game. Together with junior Nick Chubb and freshman Brian Herrien, that number grows to 242.1 yards per game from the the Bulldogs’ tailback position.
The trio came just 18 yards from becoming the first backs in UGA history to rush for more than 100 yards in the same game when they combined for 326 against South Carolina this past weekend.
The general consensus is that Michel and his roommate Chubb will be moving after this season. That’d be the same as their predecessors Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, who also turned pro with one year of eligibility remaining.
Michel contends he honestly doesn’t know right now. But, he added, whatever happens Georgia’s tailback legacy is in good hands with Herrien and fellow freshman Elijah Holyfield waiting in the wings.
“Brian and Elijah are two talented guys,” Michel said. “Brian is kind of getting the most publicity right now because Elijah got hurt at the beginning. But you can expect a lot of great things from both of them.”