ATHENS -- A trip to the equipment manager should keep Sony Michel’s shoulder blade intact.
Michel, who missed five games in 2014 after fracturing his right shoulder blade against Tennessee, confirmed that he aggravated the injury this spring, which is why he sat out for the majority of practices.
The cause? His shoulder pads.
“It was how my shoulder pads were fitted,” Michel said. “Too much of my shoulder was exposed. I got some new shoulder pads and now I’ll be ready to go.”
Michel said he he isn’t worried about risking re-injury and feels comfortable in his new pads. It took 30 minutes to fit Michel with the gear.
This wasn’t the first time Michel had to deal with a major injury. As a sophomore in high school at American Heritage in Plantation, Fla. he tore his ACL.
“I know how to overcome those things,” Michel said. “I’m going to have ups and downs. I’m expecting them. I’m preparing for them this year. Everybody goes through them, whether they’re minor or major.”
In 2014, Michel carried the ball 64 times and totaled 410 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He added 106 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions in the receiving game as well. Coming off the injury, Michel said he entered the preseason the "best I've felt." Though he figures to work out of the backfield with Nick Chubb and Keith Marshall, Michel said he’s ready to take on multiple roles in Georgia’s offense this year.
“Whichever way coach (Mark Richt) wants to use me, I’m happy to play that position,” Michel said. “I’m looking forward to doing different things.”