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Sony Michel says Nick Chubb is 'moving pretty fast, faster than people would think'

Jason Butt

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Sony Michel talks asserting himself as a leader

Georgia running back Sony Michel spoke about being more of a leader after Kirby Smart said he wished he'd be more of one.
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Georgia running back Sony Michel spoke about being more of a leader after Kirby Smart said he wished he'd be more of one.

Nick Chubb’s rehab has continued to stay on course through spring practice.

And day by day, improvement continues to occur. Teammate and fellow running back Sony Michel was the latest to notice Chubb’s progress and noted that he’s even a tad surprised as to how he’s looked at this stage of his recovery.

"He was moving pretty fast, faster than people would think," Michel said. "He was like, 'I can’t slow down.' That’s the type of person he is."

Head coach Kirby Smart, as well as anyone within Georgia’s program, isn’t ready to speculate as to whether Chubb will be ready to go on Sept. 3 for the season-opener against North Carolina. But Michel is the latest to publicly comment that Chubb’s continued to improve and impress through the rehab process.

Chubb tore three ligaments, including his posterior cruciate ligament in an Oct. 10, 2015 game against Tennessee. Michel picked up first-team duties from that moment and ended up finishing the year with 1,161 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Michel has assumed lead back duties this spring and is looking forward to Chubb being back in the fall to share the load once again.

"Of course, since he’s Nick Chubb, he’s going to be a special body coming back," Michel said. "I believe the more backs you have the better off you’re going to be."

Michel, jokingly dubbed by a reporter as the "official Nick Chubb spokesperson" since Chubb has been unavailable to reporters since the injury, said Georgia’s leading rusher in 2014 with 1,547 yards is eager to get healthy to contribute once again.

But Chubb realizes he can only take each step accordingly before playing in a game again.

"He knows it’s a process. He’s being patient with it," Michel said. "He’s ready to be back on the field. At the same time, he knows the process. He’s going to work hard every day. He knows this is another chance to get that leg ready to be back on the field."

Georgia running back Sony Michel spoke about being more of a leader after Kirby Smart said he wished he'd be more of one.

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