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.”
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