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SEC media days: Nick Chubb progressing well, Kirby Smart not optimistic about Sony Michel

First-year Georgia coach Kirby Smart addresses reporters during Day 2 of the SEC media days.

Matt Baker | Tampa Bay Times

First-year Georgia coach Kirby Smart addresses reporters during Day 2 of the SEC media days.



HOOVER, Ala. -- Kirby Smart enters his first season as Georgia's head coach with two big question marks -- running back and quarterback. Neither of them were resolved Tuesday during his remarks at SEC media days.

Star running back Nick Chubb continues to progress from the severe knee injury he sustained in October, but it's unclear when -- or if -- Sony Michel will return from a broken arm he sustained earlier this month.

"That's a tough situation," Smart said. "Who would have thought at this point in time both guys would be on the sideline rehabbing?"

Smart said Chubb has been doing all workouts with the team in the offseason, but that could change when full practices begin. The biggest thing, Smart said, is for Chubb to regain confidence in his surgically repaired left knee.

Michel had surgery to repair a broken forearm, but Smart didn't sound optimistic about his recovery.

"I don't know the expectation for Sony, whether he'll be back or not," Smart said.

There was no news on the Bulldogs' other major offseason question, about who will start at quarterback in the season opener against North Carolina. Five-star true freshman Jacob Eason is viewed as the team's quarterback of the future, but Smart isn't anointing him as the starter yet.

In a bold proclamation, Smart said Georgia will choose the quarterback who gives his team the best chance to win. Smart isn't yet sure who that is.

"If I knew, I promise you I would tell you...but I don't know that," Smart said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 10:37am]


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