Add sophomore Sony Michel to the prestigious list of Georgia running backs with 1,000-yard seasons.
Michel, who became the Bulldogs’ starting tailback after Nick Chubb’s season-ending knee injury on Oct. 10, ran for 149 yards on 24 carries Saturday in UGA’s victory at Georgia Tech, giving him 1,076 rushing yards for the season.
A four-yard gain in the third quarter made him the 13th name on the list of Georgia’s 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
“Oh, man, it’s always great to (have) 1,000 yards. I’m on the list now,” Michel said after the game. “But winning games is … what it’s really all about.”
Michel had a lot to do with Georgia winning this game. He scored a touchdown on a 34-yard run on 4th-and-1 on the Bulldogs’ opening drive of the game. That turned out to be his longest run of the day and Georgia’s only touchdown in the 13-7 win.
“Great play call,” Michel said of the touchdown. “The O-line did their job. The fullback (Christian Payne) opened the hole up. There was not much for me to do other than just hit the hole.”
He said the play was reminiscent of his game-ending 25-yard touchdown run against Georgia Southern one week earlier.
Michel also caught three passes for 38 yards Saturday, giving him 187 all-purpose yards for the game.
“It felt great just to be able to finish the season off strong,” he said.