Malcolm Mitchell looks forward to playing dual role

Malcolm Mitchell has no intentions of looking to the past.

On Monday, he admitted his decision to move from wide receiver to cornerback in the spring bothered him at first. But the point of no return has long come and gone.

“That was a choice that I’m not going to deal with right now,” he said. “I feel like it’s going to work out good for me. When I look at the receivers, I know that I’m going to be back over there eventually. Or I’ll be doing both [playing offense and defense]. So as long as I can do both, it doesn’t matter.”

Mitchell said he got back to running routes with receivers on Saturday, enjoying taking reps with his former unit. Its significance, or lack thereof, was something Mitchell couldn’t answer.

“I have no idea,” he said of the coaching staff’s plans for him. “What they’re doing, I have no clue.”

The rest of the receiving corps has taken a nonchalant view of Mitchell’s situation. Yes, they want him back on offense. But they don’t believe they need him. Consider last season as Exhibit A, redshirt sophomore Michael Bennett said.

“He was out four games and we did just fine,” he said. “We excelled. I think it shows the depth we have at wide receiver. Guys are going to step up.”

Whenever Mitchell migrates back to offense full-time, be it this season or not, his fellow wideouts will welcome him back.

“I feel like we can function without him, but when he’s there, he’s a playmaker,” Justin Scott-Wesley said. “He’s shown that he’s a baller. He makes Georgia better.”

Etc.

Two notable names were added to the injury list on Monday in nose tackle Kwame Geathers (left shoulder contusion) and linebacker/defensive end Cornelius Washington (cervical strain). Both were limited in practice and wore green jerseys denoting no-contact status. … Mitchell said he “expects” to see more time returning punts than kickoffs on Saturday.

– Ryan Black for the AJC

29 comments Add your comment

ARdawg

August 28th, 2012
10:23 am

GO DAWGS!!!!

ARdawg

August 28th, 2012
10:26 am

Mitchell is an athlete and a big play guy. I was a bit dismayed when news broke that he was going to play defense but, thinking through it, it really doesn’t matter. That kid is going to make big plays on either side of the ball. Hope he stays through graduation

PrimeTime#8

August 28th, 2012
10:28 am

ARdawg

August 28th, 2012
10:36 am

PT must be a Bammer with those excellent math skills

Fair and Balanced

August 28th, 2012
10:41 am

At wide receiver, we are either really deep or really dumb not to let this guy play! I sure hope we are really deep!

PrimeTime#8

August 28th, 2012
10:42 am

ARdawgs you must be a Tennessee Fan for that stupid comment..

BigDawg

August 28th, 2012
10:43 am

Mitchell is a DGD! Glad we have him and others and have gotten rid of bad apples!

Cobb Dawg

August 28th, 2012
10:43 am

Mitchell is cut in the mold of Hines Ward — can play multiple positions, makes an impact wherever he is on the field and plays wherever he’s most needed. I love this kid.

Logan Walker

August 28th, 2012
10:59 am

Mitchell’s athleticism and commitment to the team are going to make the loss of Boykin less painful. Boykin is one of my all-time favorite Dawgs because of his versatility, commitment to the team, and the fact that he came back for his Senior season for the sake of the team. His performance in the bowl game couldn’t have been a more fitting sendoff for him (other than a win of course).

Birddawg

August 28th, 2012
11:15 am

Let him play both ways. Only 4 more days! Go Dawgs!

chilidawg

August 28th, 2012
11:27 am

Fair and Balanced, he is needed on defense to help out because of suspensions for the first few games. He will play corner and receiver this year.

bubba4dawgs

August 28th, 2012
11:32 am

Mitchell is a guy to watch, no doubt! I can’t wait to see him in action! I shall always hold a special place for players from Valdosta going all the way back to Wright Bazemore, one of the best coaches who ever lived! Even though Mitchell came far more recently, Coach Bazemore is looking down on you! I know you’ll make him proud as we at UGA are definitely proud of you!! GO DAWGS!!

RxDawg

August 28th, 2012
11:44 am

“When I look at the receivers, I know that I’m going to be back over there eventually. ”

That’s a bit of a burn on our receivers isn’t it? Personaly, I’m not sure I agree with Mr. Mitchell. I think our receiving core is very underrated and just might be a real force. Chances are good I think we will need Mitchell more over on defense then offense. That said, if he is a much better WR (proven) then DB (yet to be seen) then we’d be fools not to move him back.

Bulldog on the Bayou

August 28th, 2012
12:16 pm

ARRRRRRdawg – explain why some need to put others down to lift themselves up, please?

WDE

August 28th, 2012
12:36 pm

Anyone that changes positions when the team needs it is a DGD!!

Top Row Dawg

August 28th, 2012
12:38 pm

As per the No Regrets video, Grantham said Mitchell was recruited as a DB. He didn’t play WR until his senior year in high school. He’ll get some looks on offense, especially when the other DB’s return by 5th game.

Pensacola Bulldog

August 28th, 2012
12:54 pm

Everytime I here the name Mitchell I think of the wide open pass
he missed in the end zone for a TD against LSU.

LeftCoastDawg

August 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

Get over it Pensacola and go clean up the trash outside from Isaac.

LeftCoastDawg

August 28th, 2012
1:06 pm

I posted this one before…..Mitchell will win a Heisman (if he stays at Georgia and healthy long enough to do so).

Henry

August 28th, 2012
1:30 pm

Mitchell is a lockdown corner. Morris Claiborne kinda player at the position. Nobody is gonna beat this kid deep. Nobody.

Mark (another one)

August 28th, 2012
1:43 pm

Few get to play both ways, and Mitchell has shown he has the skills. It will be interesting to see where he goes when he turns pro. My only hope is that he has three more successful seasons at UGA before then.

Mitchell – DGD

ARdawg

August 28th, 2012
2:14 pm

Bulldog on Bayou

Lighten up Francis(you too PT). Merely some light hearted ribbing. Grow yourselves a pair and don’t take everything so serious. It’s a BLOG on the internet. Did either of you notice that PT was 3rd, not FIRST?

ARdawg

August 28th, 2012
2:15 pm

After Mitchell gets a few pick 6, he might not want to return to the offense

JB

August 28th, 2012
2:15 pm

Would love to see the back ups play a quarter and a half or so this weekend. All of them. They have worked hard and need time in a live game situation.

G Marmalard

August 28th, 2012
2:26 pm

Rx Dawg, I thought the same thing. Also wondered about that ” no clue” comment.

Obviously not good that geathers and Washington are banged up, but maybe bodes well for our o-line being more physical

Mountain Dawg

August 28th, 2012
4:37 pm

Playing both ways simply gives him more opportunities to touch the ball. It’s a win-win deal.

Steve Coleman

August 28th, 2012
5:13 pm

Anybody remember a two-way guy named Champ?

DostaDawg

August 28th, 2012
8:36 pm

He remind’s me of Champ and Morris Claiborn(LSU). Saw play cb @ Valdosta and He was great. Wish him the best. P.S-anyone know the status of JROME?

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