For all the griping about Jim Chaney’s lack of prowess last season, there was one area of the offense that was an unqualified success: Isaiah McKenzie, the team’s leading receiver.
The problem for 2017 is that McKenzie is gone and left some big shoes to fill.
McKenzie’s seven touchdown catches were two fewer than the rest of the team combined.
He accounted for eight plays of 25 or more yards in the passing game, more than double anyone else on the team, according to cfbstats.com.
That’s a problem. Terry Godwin would seem to be an obvious candidate to replace the missing production, but there’s another intriguing name to consider.
Perhaps Michel can be that player out of the backfield or lined up at wide receiver.
He looked the part on a spectacular 33-yard touchdown catch against TCU in the Liberty Bowl.
“He affected that TCU game probably more than anybody, between him and Isaiah (McKenzie),” coach Kirby Smart said. “When you get him the ball in space he tends to make things happen, so finding ways to get Sony the ball and creative ways to use his ability is important for us. He finished off the year really well.”
Michel has five career receiving touchdowns, but that touchdown catch and run in the bowl game was his only score in the passing game last season.
Kirby can pooh-pooh deploying Michel and Chubb at the same time all he wants, but I can see breaking Michel out of that duo in the backfield and motioning him into the slot as being a devastating scenario for opposing defenses to handle. Eh, a non-arena blogger can dream, can’t he?