Scouting Report: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

By Kelby Goodman

Number: #1 | Hometown: Plantation, FL | Height: 5104 | Weight: 222 | Forty: 4.45E | Combine: Yes | Year: 2018


When you finish as the third all-time leading rushing in the history of your school, usually you are the top ‘dawg’ on the depth chart. However, despite the impressive stats and great production, he took a backseat to fellow teammate Nick Chubb in 2017. Ironically, his NFL Draft stock is viewed higher than Chubb, as he demonstrates rare explosiveness and sharp change of direction ability, which was on full display on his way to accumulating 1,224 rushing yards, while averaging 7.9 yards per carry. His decisiveness and vision as a runner was a major contributor to his high rushing average, as he accelerates very quickly through the hole. Even though the Georgia offensive line was impressive throughout the year, there were times he still needed to get it done on his own, demonstrating great lower body strength, the ability to drive through defenders and his knack to burst through small creases. An example of this would be when Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson, who owns a 20-pound weight advantage, stonewalled him at the line of scrimmage but he just continued to keep his legs churning, resulting in Wilson staring up at the sky. While he may not be considered a burner, he did show game-breaking ability to bust loose for a big play. He understands blitz pick-up responsibilities and does a nice job of stopping defenders in their tracks. In the national title game, Crimson Tide defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne beat the Georgia guard and he was able to pick him up and make an adequate block, which allowed quarterback Jake Fromm just enough time to get the pass off unscathed. As a productive, senior running back for a major SEC team there are not too many red flags on this player. There may be concern with how much of his success was a product of a dominant offensive line and a scheme that created running lanes. There were times where it looked like he may have used more patience and vision to hit a better gap through the line of scrimmage. His fumble rate (one per every 54.6 carries, per PFF) is the biggest knock on this prospect but his overall skill-set projects as a top 50 overall selection.


2017: Played in 14 games, starting the Georgia Tech and Alabama contests…named one of four permanent team captains, co-Offensive MVP and winner of Charley Trippi Award as most versatile offensive player at team’s post-season awards gala…the Bulldogs’ second-leading rusher with 1227 yards on just 156 carries…finished his career 3rd on UGA’s all-time rushing list with 3,638 yards, having passed both Garrison Hearst and Todd Gurley with an 85-yard effort vs. Georgia Tech…also ranks 16th among all-time rushers in SEC history…Named to the All-Bowl Team of both ESPN and…Offensive MVP of the Rose Bowl with four touchdowns, tying a Bulldog bowl record for Points Scored and TDs…on his 75-yard rushing TD, Michel set a new Georgia bowl record for longest rushing TD and eclipsed 1,000 yards on a season for the second time..also scored the game-winning touchdown in double overtime, setting a new career-high of 181 yards on just 11 carries….ran for a team-high 137 yards on just six carries vs. Florida, including TD runs of 74 (career long) and 45 yards…ranked 5th nationally and 1st in the SEC in rushing yards per attempt (7.87)…ran for 150 yards on just 12 carries at Vanderbilt…scored on a 50-yard run in the 3rd quarter vs. the Commodores…totaled 11 rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown at Tennessee…put Georgia up 31-0 over the Vols with a 21-yard TD run…rushed seven times for 32 yards against Mississippi State…did not play against Samford…finished with 73 yards on 13 carries in the road win at Notre Dame…scored a third-quarter TD that gave Georgia a 17-16 lead against the Irish…rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries against Appalachian State…had a long rush of 44 yards, which set up Georgia’s second touchdown of the game against the Mountaineers…scored a touchdown of his own to put Georgia up 21-0 against Appalachian State…left SEC Championship Game with a third-quarter injury…preseason Third-Team All-SEC by media…named to Doak Walker Award and Senior Bowl preseason watch lists…recipient of the Davis Family Foundation Football Scholarship.

2016: Played in 12 games, making two starts…named one of four overall team captains for the 2016 season…team’s No. 2 rusher this season, with 840 yards on 152 carries (5.5 avg.)…finished season with 2,411 career rushing yards, 9th-best in UGA history…named Offensive MVP of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl game vs. TCU after he rushed for 87 yards, had 39 receiving yards and scored two TDs…Georgia’s top rusher in four games: 91 yards vs. Tennessee, 133 yards at South Carolina, 127 yards at Kentucky, and a career-best 170 vs. Georgia Tech…also the Bulldogs fourth-leading receiver with 20 catches and 110 yards…scored a key 26-yard TD in win at Kentucky with 9:12 to play…also had two big runs on the Bulldogs’ game-winning drive…first start of the season came at Missouri, where he had nine carries for 37 yards and three catches 19 yards…his last carry was a big one, a 15-yarder on 3rd-and-10 during UGA’s game-winning drive…gained 66 yards on 11 carries at Ole Miss…rushed for 55 yards and caught three passes for 18 yards vs. Auburn…earned a team Community Service Award during spring drills…recipient of the Davis Family Foundation Football Scholarship.

2015: Played in 13 games with six starts … voted team’s offensive MVP … Charley Trippi Most Versatile Award … Phil Steele’s Third Team All-SEC  … 1,161 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 219 attempts; 13th time a Bulldog as rushed for 1,000 yards in a season … 26 receptions for 270 yards and three scores … 149 yards rushing and a TD and three receptions for 38 yards at Georgia Tech; career-long TD rush of 34 yards … 132 yards rushing, including the game-winning 25-yard TD run in overtime vs. Georgia Southern … career-high 165 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries vs. Kentucky … 145 yards rushing on a career-high 22 carries at Tennessee … 77 rushing yards on six carries (12.5 avg) and two TDs vs. Southern … three catches for 32 yards and two TDs and added a rushing TD vs. South Carolina … career-long 31-yard TD run at Vanderbilt … career-high 79 receiving yards vs. ULM … UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll … recipient of the Davis Family Foundation Football Scholarship … inducted into UGA’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program.

2014: Played in eight games making one start … made first career start vs. No. 20 Louisville in the Belk Bowl … 410 rushing yards and 5 TDs on 64 carries … seven receptions for 106 yards and a TD … 9 carries for 49 yards vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech … returned to action after missing time with an injury and rushed for 21 yards on eight carries vs. Charleston Southern … rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown at Kentucky … sustained an injury vs. Tennessee and missed the Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, Florida and Auburn games … served as a team captain vs. Troy … named SEC Freshman of the Week and CFPA Honorable Mention Running Back of the Week after he led the team with 155 rushing yards and three TDs on 10 carries vs. Troy … had a 33-yard TD reception at No. 24 South Carolina … rushed for 33 yards on six carries and caught three passes for 20 yards vs. No. 16 Clemson … recipient of the Davis Family Foundation Football Scholarship.

High School: American Heritage, coached by Mike Rumph … 2013 American Family Insurance USA Today All-USA first team and All-USA Florida Team … USA Today Florida Football Player of the Year … member of Florida’s Class 5A All-State First Team … member of the 2013 FHSF Class 5A Preseason All-State Elite Team … PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, Top 150 Dream Team, #3 ranked RB and #10 ranked player in the country … five star prospect, #14 player nationally, #14 RB nationally, #2 player in the state … five-star prospect, #13 player nationally, #2 RB nationally, #2 player in the state … four-star prospect, #57 player nationally, #6 RB nationally, #8 player in the state … four-star prospect, #19 player nationally, #2 RB nationally, #2 player in the state … played in the U.S. Army All-American Game … rushed for 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season.

Personal: Sony MichelHear how to pronounce Sony Michel… Major: Communication Studies.