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Sony Michel
American football player

Sony Michel

Sony Michel
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American football player
Is American football player
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 17 February 1995, Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA
Age 27 years
Star sign Aquarius
Stats
Weight: 215 lbs
Education
University of Georgia
American Heritage School
Sports Teams
New England Patriots
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Sony Michel (born February 17, 1995) is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted 31st overall by the New England Patriots during the 2018 NFL Draft. Michel played college football at Georgia.

Early years

Michel's parents emigrated from Haiti a year after his older sister Lamise was born. Michel attended American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida. Michel was the starting running back for the American Heritage Patriots, beginning in his eighth grade year there. As a senior, he rushed for 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns. Over three years playing on varsity, he rushed for 4,758 yards and 63 touchdowns. He was rated by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the third best running back and 13th best player overall. Michel committed to the University of Georgia on April 26, 2013 to play college football. Michel's older brother Marken Michel is a receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, and was the 2017 West Division Most Outstanding Rookie with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

Michel also competed in track and field at American Heritage; as a sophomore in 2011, he earned first-place finishes in both the 100-meter dash (10.99s) and 200-meter dash (21.91s) at the FHSAA 2A District Meet. He posted a personal-best time of seconds in the 100-meter dash at the 3rd Annual Miramar Invitational, where he placed first.

College career

As a true freshman at Georgia in 2014, Michel played in eight games and made one start. He missed five games due to a fractured shoulder blade. He rushed for 410 yards on 64 carries with five rushing touchdowns. Michel entered 2015 as a backup to Nick Chubb, but earned extensive playing time. After Chubb was injured in a game against the Tennessee Volunteers, Michel took over as the starter and ran for 145 yards. In the 2016 season, Michel totaled 840 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go along with 22 receptions for 149 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

In 2017, with true freshman Jake Fromm starting at quarterback for the Bulldogs, the team relied heavily on its senior running backs, Chubb and Michel, to carry the load. Despite remaining second in the depth chart behind Chubb, and receiving only two-thirds as many carries as Chubb, Michel had a breakout year, finishing with 1,227 rushing yards (156 carries), only 118 yards fewer than Chubb's 1,345 (223 carries). In a blowout game against Vanderbilt on October 7, Michel rushed for 150 yards and a score on only 12 carries. Three weeks later, in an October 28 rout of Florida, Michel rushed for 137 yards on only 6 carries, scoring twice on runs of 74 yards and 45 yards.

Michel's biggest game of the year came on New Year's Day against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, Georgia's first-ever College Football Playoff game. Carrying the ball only 11 times, Michel ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns, including a walk-off 27-yard rushing touchdown from the "Wild Dawg" formation (direct snap to Michel) to end the game in double overtime. He also added four receptions for 41 yards and a fourth touchdown. For his performance, Michel was named Rose Bowl Offensive MVP.

Chubb and Michel's 326 combined rushing yards in the Rose Bowl put them at 8,259 career rushing yards, surpassing Eric Dickerson and Craig James' FBS record of 8,192.

College statistics

Season Team GP Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2014 Georgia 8 64 410 6.4 75 5 7 106 15.1 33 1
2015 Georgia 13 219 1,161 5.3 66 8 26 270 10.4 48 3
2016 Georgia 12 152 840 5.5 42 4 22 149 6.8 33 1
2017 Georgia 14 156 1,227 7.9 55 16 9 96 10.7 11 1
Career 47 590 3,613 6.1 75 33 64 621 9.7 48 6

Professional career

Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Bench press
5 ft 10+58 in
(1.79 m)
214 lb
(97 kg)
31+14 in
(0.79 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.54 s 1.56 s 2.62 s 4.21 s 22 reps
All values from NFL Draft

Michel was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 31st overall pick. He was the third running back to be selected that year. In addition, he was the third of six Georgia Bulldogs to be selected that year. Michel and Isaiah Wynn were the first pair of college teammates selected by the same team in the first round since Auburn players Jason Campbell and Carlos Rogers were taken in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

2018 season

Michel suffered a knee injury in training camp causing him to miss the entire preseason and the season-opener against the Houston Texans.

Michel made his NFL debut in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He rushed 10 times for 34 yards and had a six-yard reception in the 31–20 road loss. Two weeks later against the Miami Dolphins, he had a breakout game with 26 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown in the 38-7 victory. Michel became the first rookie to top 100 rushing yards in a game for the Patriots since Brandon Bolden in 2012. In the next game against the Indianapolis Colts, Michel rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots won 38-24. In the next game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a narrow 43–40 victory on Sunday Night Football. In the process, Michel became the first New England rookie to score on the ground twice in a game since Laurence Maroney in 2006. During a Week 12 27-13 road victory over the New York Jets, he ran for a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown, the most rushing yards by a Patriot rookie since Brandon Bolden ran for 137 yards in 2012. This game was his third time breaking the century mark, making him the first Patriots rookie since Robert Edwards did so in 1998. In a Week 16 victory against the Buffalo Bills, Michel had 18 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Michel finished his rookie year with 931 rushing yards and six touchdowns along with seven receptions for 50 yards.

The Patriots finished atop the AFC East with an 11-5 record and earned the No. 2 seed for the AFC Playoffs, including a first-round bye. In the Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Chargers, Michel had 24 carries for 129 yards and three touchdowns in a 41–28 victory. During the AFC Championship against the Chiefs, he ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in the 37–31 overtime road victory. Michel broke the NFL record for most playoff rushing touchdowns for a rookie, scoring five between the divisional and conference championship games. On February 3, 2019, he scored the only touchdown in Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams, carrying 18 times for a game-leading 94 yards. The go-ahead touchdown occurred in the middle of the fourth quarter in the 13–3 victory. Michel was the leading rusher in the game and extended his rookie postseason rushing record to six touchdowns in three games; he scored six touchdowns in 13 regular-season games. Only Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis has rushed for more touchdowns in a single postseason than Michel; Davis scored eight touchdowns in four games in the 1997 postseason. Michel is the first player since Davis with more than four rushing touchdowns in one postseason.

2019 season

During Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, Michel rushed 21 times for 83 yards and his first rushing touchdown of the season in the 43-0 shoutout road victory. Three weeks later against the Washington Redskins, he rushed 16 times for 91 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 32 yards in the 33-7 road victory. Two weeks later against the New York Jets, Michel rushed 19 times for 42 yards and three touchdowns in the 33-0 shutout road victory.

Overall, Michel finished the 2019 season with 912 rushing yards and seven touchdowns along with 12 receptions for 94 yards.

2020 season

Michel was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp on August 2, 2020. He was activated from the list on August 26. In Week 3, Michel recorded 140 scrimmage yards (117 rushing, 23 receiving) in the 36–20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. He was placed on injured reserve on October 5, 2020, with a quadriceps injury. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Patriots on October 17, 2020, and removed from the list back to injured reserve on October 31. He was activated off of injured reserve on November 21, 2020. In Week 17 against the New York Jets, Michel carried the ball 16 times for 76 yards, and caught 3 passes for 60 yards and his first career receiving touchdown during the 28–14 win. Overall, Michel finished the 2020 season with 449 rushing yards and one touchdown, along with 7 receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown.

2021 season

The Patriots declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Michel's contract on May 3, 2021, making him a free agent after the 2021 season.

Los Angeles Rams

On August 25, 2021, the Patriots traded Michel to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a fifth and sixth round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

NFL career statistics

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2018 NE 13 8 209 931 4.5 34T 6 7 50 7.1 13 0 1 1
2019 NE 16 14 247 912 3.7 26 7 12 94 7.8 19 0 2 1
2020 NE 9 6 79 449 5.7 48 1 7 114 16.3 31 1 0 0
Career 38 28 535 2,292 4.3 48 14 26 258 9.9 31 1 3 2

Postseason

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2018 NE 3 2 71 336 4.7 40 6 1 9 9.0 9 0 0 0
2019 NE 1 0 14 61 4.4 25 0 2 9 4.5 7 0 0 0
Career 4 2 85 397 4.7 40 6 3 18 6.0 9 0 0 0

NFL records

  • Most rushing touchdowns in a postseason by a rookie: 6
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 26 Aug 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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