Get well soon, Sony.

I said Michel played his guts out Saturday night.  That’s before I knew the extent of his health.

Probably the most notable thing about Saturday’s 9-6 win over Missouri is it represented the starting debut of sophomore Sony Michel at tailback. Facing one of the SEC’s stingiest defenses and battling groin and hip flexor injuries to boot, Michel managed to eke out 100 total yards, including 87 yards rushing on 26 carries.

It was a strange game for the 5-foot-10, 208-pound sophomore because he disappeared to the locker room in the middle of Georgia’s first possession after having just three carries.

“I had to get warmed up,” said Michel, who now has 515 yards rushing on the season. “My hips, my groin were kind of tight. It was just a precaution. I knew I was coming back.”

Kid’s got some real heart.

That also probably explains to an extent the strange rotation at running back we saw.  The coaches had to make sure both Marshall and Douglas had some game reps under their belts in case Michel’s spirit was willing but flesh too weak to return.

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42 responses to “Get well soon, Sony.

  1. Since Chubb went down it has become very apparent that the staff has little confidence in Marshall. Even more so when Michel went out Saturday.

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    • glcdawg

      cant figure that one out. seems to be running with more power than ever before!

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    • Russ

      I hate to say it, but Marshall seems to have turned into Richard Samuel. Both are DGDs, but Samuels didn’t necessarily instill fear in the other teams. Of course, I’d love nothing more than watching Marshall grind out an 8 minute drive and add the capping TD to a beatdown of the Gators in 2 weeks.

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    • Sure appears that he has lost something from his burst after the knee issue. It is easier every day to work up some spite for the UT “grounds crew”.

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        He may well have lost something in his acceleration, but what I notice is that he does not run with the reckless abandon he showed us before. Marshall has not had an easy time coming back from his injury. I’d guess he needs time and reps more than anything.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      “Since Chubb went down it has become very apparent that the staff has little confidence in Marshall.”

      Does the staff have confidence in anybody? You could probably count em on one hand, out of a roster of 85+.

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  2. Rebar

    I’d like to see Marshall get some more carries, but what the hell has happened to AJ Turman?

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  3. AusDawg85

    Why does this feel so much like 2013?

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  4. @gatriguy

    Whatever is going on with Marshall seems weird.

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  5. DawgPhan

    bummer….glad he battled through it. hope the time off helps him heal.

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  6. UGA85

    Pounding the gators up the middle looks like our only chance to me. I hope our offensive line and all our backs are healthy, motivated, and fresh in Jax.

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  7. paul

    Yeah, the people around me were asking ‘where’s Sony?’ and Seth was tweeting that he literally couldn’t see him anywhere on the sideline. I guess we didn’t notice him heading to the locker room.

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  8. Cojones

    The DonBest. com injury list has 10 players on it.

    R.Carter, Justin S-W: out for season
    D. Sanders: Suspension (first half)
    MacKensie(hamstring) and Jenkins(groin): questionable
    Wilkerson, S. Williams (injuries not reported): questionable
    Chubb, C.Payne: out indefinitely (although Payne is said by Richt to be back for FU game)

    No mention of Sony, Turman or Marshall.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      War tha hail you been, boy!

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    • Gurkha Dawg

      Cojones! WTF! You don’t write, you don’t call. You’ve been MIA siince the Bama game . I even speculated you were being held in South Alabama with jumper cables clamped to your testicles. You forget to pay your cable bill or something? Anyway, good to have you back and good post on the injuries.

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  9. Scorpio Jones, III

    Man, the things these kids go through to provide us Neanderthals with entertainment.

    That observation about about Sony not hitting the hole as quickly….please forget I said that…now we know.

    What right to we have to judge any of them, really?

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    • I keep hoping Marshall makes a major comeback. Not just for us but
      for his future. Using Him & the Tight Ends still appear to be a good plan
      against the ——- Gators. Still Michel will be the key offensively. GATA.

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      • Macallanlover

        Not being argumentative because I agree with much of what you said but the offensive key will be the OL performance. Every game usually is for an offense but there is a dramatic difference when they have been able to handle the guys in front of them (ULM, SC, and Southern). In those 3 games we got what we expected from our offense, but were completely throttled in the Vandy, TN, Bama, and Mizzou games. FU has a rugged group on the DL and our line will have to do a better job, particularly with Chubb out.

        The part that mystifies me about KM is he reported that he was back to his freshman health but stronger. I thought he was just stuck behind two better athletes but now wonder if he can ever get back. I am sure he wanted a chance to show the NFL boys that he has what it takes but he really hasn’t regained form thus far. It would be very popular to have him be the savior in Jax, he has always been a DGD and has worked hard, never complaining about his bad fortune the past two years. Come on young man, rumble on Halloween evening. Put your name on the list of Cocktail Party heroes!

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        • Reason for hope: Dawgs with #3 OL potential preseason.
          Reason for doom: UF with #7 DL potential preseason.

          The wildcards are, of course, the two QBs and I think the placekickers. Many have been the UGa blunders attempting FGs against these guys.

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          • Macallanlover

            There is much to be conflicted about as we approach this game. The loss in Knoxville was a surprise, some of which can be blamed on the sudden impact of Chubb’s loss on the very first play, and some by the 14 points before halftime courtesy of the fluke 4 & 3 conversion play. But it doesn’t diminish how vulnerable we are to the pass, nor the lack of our OL’s ability to block the run more effectively.

            I know Mizzou is weak offensively but we played differently on defense last week and that change seemed to effectively help our secondary. I have some hope that we will build on that and lessen the impact of an opponents’ pass attack, FU isn’t a great passing team. They have weaknesses on the OL that we may be able to take advantage of our new aggressive pass rush so we may be more disruptive and force errors.

            The bigger concern is how we get the OL to step it up, Florida is legit on defense. Cannot improve the talent in the next 11 days but we might can change to a different blocking scheme to simplify things for our guys. Otherwise, we ill need some breaks to win a low scoring FG and punting contest.

            Florida struggled with Kentucky, ECU, and TN so it isn’t like they are the insurmountable obstacle Bama was. I expect a close game, not a blowout, unless either teams get’s loose with the ball. I hope our guys go into this as the injured party and play to get revenge for last year’s upset.

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            • Scorpio Jones, III

              In spite of being told I know nothing, I still think the offense has to go through a No More Nick period, each individual running back has a slightly different need from his blockers.

              With one all you might need is to get the DL to blink and he’s gone, with another, you might have to hold that block a whole breath to get him through the hole. Some backs run to daylight well (see Chubb, Nick) others see things differently.

              Maybe I don’t know shit, but still it seems that there would be a period where all these tiny cracks and crevasses get smoothed out. Not sure one game is enough…maybe one game and a bye week….one would hope.

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            • Fo’ sho; I don’t care how “suspect” an offense may be, when it is held to 6 first downs (Mizzou) that is a major stoning. These Dawgs, with Thompson coming on recently in the middle and Jenkins back up to speed, may be ready to deliver some goods.

              Interesting stat comparison: both UGa and UF held onto the ball for over 37 mins. vs. Missouri. I’ll betcha that is the mindset of each heading into the Cocktail Party.

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  10. I Wanna Red Cup

    The key to beating the Gators will be to stop the run and make them one dimensional. We have to get a lead. Win turnover battle. Special teams need to be special.

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  11. ApalachDawg

    I hope this quote rings true on Saturday, October 31st around 7pm. If not my heart will be crushed again (it has taken a pounding ever since the Eric Zeier rainstorm of 1993 with this damned game…)

    Quote of the century slightly modified…
    “Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about Georgia not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Georgians traditionally love to fight. All real Georgians love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Georgians love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Georgians play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Georgians have never lost, and will never lose a war… because the very thought of losing is hateful to Georgians.”

    We may not make it to Atlanta this year but I hope this group of Dawgs shocks Dawgnation and the gayturds and pulls one out. I hope these Dawgs of 2015 have belief because I don’t but I’ll be pulling for them. Go Dawgs!

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      I got something like that to share, but I’m saving it for like next Wednesday.

      I will say this, if you don’t believe how can you expect them to believe.

      Just a thought.

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      • ApalachDawg

        The weight of this years meltdowns have crushed me like no other year…

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          We all feel you, think of what it must be like for them. Hunker.

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          • Tlkdawg

            I totally disagree with that thought. There is no greater salve for a devastating loss than the unbridled enthusiasm of being young. These guys aren’t with thirty years of falling short, never quite getting there. When I was at UGA in the mid-eighties, all the evidence was that we weren’t a great team, but every week I KNEW we would beat the hell out of whoever it was we were playing. These players are the same way. Youth knows no permanence, everything is brand new every week. Oh to be young and stupid again, instead of old and realistic.

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            • Scorpio Jones, III

              I agree with everything you say but one….old and realistic? Hell, most of us are old and here we are hoping, praying to beat Florida. Not sure how realistic that is, but at least we ain’t dead yet. 🙂

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    • Dolly Llama

      “One day when your grandson is sitting on your knee and asks ‘What did you do during the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party?’ You won’t have to say ‘Well ,,, I shoveled shit in Auburn.'”

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  12. red

    Pourd of our defense with 6 freshman playing quility time.

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  13. JAX

    Not much to add about the Gators D, we all know it is very good. Vernon Hargreaves is honey badger #2 in many ways. Their offense however is not as bad as you might think — their preseason weakest link, the OL, has played way above expectations and they have the RB’s and WR’s to make plays all day long. Robinson, in particular, would arguably be the conference’s best WR if he played for someone not named Florida but mark my word, he is very good.

    I don’t know, this game is so unpredictable as of late and we have looked so pathetic at times. I don’t know, I just don’t know.

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