The New England Patriots running back Sony Michel has been one of their great assets since he joined the franchise. Best known as a talented runner and receiver with a proven versatile skill set, Michel was drafted from Georgia University where he completed his college career from 2014 to 2017. He turned pro in 2018 and was signed by the Patriots after the NFL draft of 2018. Since then, he has been enjoying a flourishing American football career. Being a newbie in the league, the player has already proven to be a great force to be reckoned with regards to the running back position.
Sony Michel’s High School and College Career Stats
Michel has always been a player you would love to watch play. He is a natural runner and good at dodging tacklers. In fact, his fast and decisive running skill helps him possess an impressive first-step quickness.
Football is a bit of a family affair for the running back, of his two siblings which include older sister Lamise Michael and older brother Marken Michel, the latter is also a professional footballer. With just two years age gap between them, both grew up practicing football together. Markin briefly played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sony Michel’s path to becoming a pro footballer began in high school at the American Heritage School where in addition to football, he was lettered in track and field events.
In his senior year, the running back had a total of 24 touchdowns and 1,833 rushing yards. When his high school career came to an end, Sony was rated among the best running backs in his school, he got a five-star rating from sporting websites including Rivals.com. He committed to the University of Georgia for his college career which began in 2014.
During his first season at Georgia, Sony featured in the first eight games for the team before sustaining an injury that kept him out for five games. At the end of his freshman season, Sony made five touchdowns and 410 rushing yards. The following season, he was placed as a backup to Nick Chubb. He later assumed the starting role after Chubb was away on an injury. During the 2016 season, Sony hauled a total of four touchdowns while rushing for 840 yards.
The running back had his breakout season in 2017; he put up a wonderful performance in the season following the recruitment of Jake Fromm who serves as the team’s quarterback. He also led the team to participate in the Rose Bowl. Sony’s highly praised performance earned him the Offensive MVP award of the Rose Bowl. He finished his college career with a total of 16 touchdowns and rushed for 1,227 yards.
Details of His Professional Career Stats
While his college career came to an end in 2017, Sony Michel declared for the 2018 NFL draft. He went on to participate in the drills where he was listed among the top prospects of the draft with a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.83 m) and a commensurate body weight of 98 kg (215lbs). His skills and masculine bodybuild offered him a better opportunity to be picked either as a pass-catcher or as the running back he was already known for.
He was later chosen by the New England Patriots as the 31st player as well as the 3rd running back player to be selected that year. Afterward, the player penned a four-year rookie deal that includes a fifth-year option for the 2022 season and a salary cap hit of $2.63 million. He went on to join the team’s training camp for the preseason games.
During the training camp, Sony incurred an injury that kept him off preseason games. The running back started the season at a low pace and has continued to improve in his skills as the season progresses.
Upon his return, he was named the first rookie to notch over 100 yards in a game since Brandon Bolden in 2012. He scored a touchdown while rushing for 98 yards in their week 5 triumph over the Indianapolis Colts. He was also the first New England rookie to score on the ground twice in a game since Laurence Maroney in 2006.
One of Michel’s great playing moments was on February 3, 2019, when he scored the only touchdown in Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams. He recorded 18 carries for a game-leading 94 yards and was recognised as the first player since Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis, with more than four rushing touchdowns in one postseason.
David rounded up his 2019 season rushing 19 times for 42 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 33-0 shutout road victory against the New York Jets. His total score for the entire season is given as 912 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns along with 12 receptions for 94 yards. Following his excelling performance and positional versatility, the athlete is projected to be New England’s lead running back in the Patriot’s 2020 season.
Sony’s football career has not been without some lapses mostly caused by injuries. Luckily, the running back has only encountered a few injuries during his professional career. His first experience was during his rookie year, particularly in August 2018, when in training camp, he sustained an injury that ruled him out from taking part in the entire preseason games.
He returned a few weeks after undergoing a procedure to have fluid drained from his knee. He made his first appearance for the Patriots in the second week of the 2018/19 season and despite starting the season at a low pace, he was able to quickly make his way into the team’s winning squad.
One other injury report from Michel happened on October 21, 2018, when he had yet another knee strain after colliding with Chicago’s defensive tackle Bilal Nichols. During the encounter, Sony twisted his left knee in an awkward position; thus finding it very difficult to get up from the spot, two trainers helped him out of the field to the locker room.
However, after an MRI was conducted, results showed that his injury wasn’t so serious. He finally returned to the active roster although he missed a few weeks. He finished his rookie year scoring 931 rushing yards and six touchdowns along with seven receptions for 50 yards.