Malcolm Mitchell the latest defensive starter to be scratched for season opener

Malcolm Mitchell (R) sprained his left ankle in Georgia's walk-through practice on Thursday, meaning Damian Swann (5) will get the start Saturday at boundary corner (AJC photo by Curtis Comption)

Malcolm Mitchell (R) sprained his left ankle in Georgia's walk-through practice on Thursday, meaning Damian Swann (5) will get the start Saturday at boundary corner (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

ATHENS — Yet another defensive starter is going to miss Georgia’s opener against Buffalo.

Malcolm Mitchell, who was moved from wide receiver to cornerback due to attrition in the Bulldogs’ secondary, has been scratched from the game as well. The sophomore from Valdosta reportedly sprained an ankle in Georgia’s “walk-through” practice on Thursday. That’s according to UGA, which closes its practices to the media on the Thursdays before games.

“I can confirm that he sustained a left ankle sprain in yesterday’s practice and will not play in tomorrow’s game vs. Buffalo,” Georgia spokesman Claude Felton said on Friday afternoon. “No projections at this point on his availability for next week’s game.”

No details were provided on how Mitchell actually injured his ankle in a walk-through practice.

Mitchell was slated to start at boundary corner for the Bulldogs. His absence makes him the fifth defensive starter expected to sit out the opener.

Senior Sanders Commings, the regular starter at that position, is suspended for the first two games due a domestic battery conviction in February. Outside linebacker Chase Vasser is also suspended for two games due to his May arrest for DUI. Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo are expected to miss at least the opener due suspensions for teams rules violations. UGA has never confirmed nor denied that Ogletree and/or Rambo is being disciplined but has declined interview requests for the two players since March when it was first reported they failed surprise drug screenings conducted by the UGA athletic association.

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Rudy

August 31st, 2012
3:42 pm

Oh no! Not good news. Damn it! We need a secondary

Rudy

August 31st, 2012
3:43 pm

If we don’t have him vs. Missouri, we could very well lose that game. We already won’t have Commings. I guess this means Damian Swann will have to step up and do his thing. Wouldn’t you know it? The LAST practice before the game.

GeoffDawg

August 31st, 2012
3:44 pm

Ugh. Just ugh.

Rudy

August 31st, 2012
3:45 pm

Rambo and Ogletree will be available for the Missouri game according to sources.

George

August 31st, 2012
3:46 pm

Guess this means that our front 7 will have to get after the passer even more. Our defense is hurting in the secondary with so many stupid decisions and now this. Why can’t we just be full strength? Every time we have a bit of hype, we do something to mess it up.

7576DAWG

August 31st, 2012
3:46 pm

Probably got board and was racing with one of the running backs. The coaches probably thought it was good fun until he turned his ankle. If he can’t practice next week of play in the Missouri game it won’t be very funny then.

George

August 31st, 2012
3:48 pm

So I guess our starters will look like this now:

DE: Abry Jones
NG: John Jenkins
DE: Cornelius Washington

OLB: Jarvis Jones
ILB: Mike Gilliard
ILB: Christian Robinson
OLB: Ramik Wilson

CB: Branden Smith
FS: Corey Moore
SS: Shawn Williams
CB: Damian Swann

7576DAWG

August 31st, 2012
3:49 pm

From what I have read Corey Moore will do just fine.

Mark Richt's Goatee

August 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

Its ok, since it’s Buffalo. Good thing we didnt open with Vandy. They gave USCe all they wanted and then some. Tough deal with the non call at the end……USCe could be in trouble if they keep running Shaw – he is no Cam Newton.

big Dawg

August 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

quess he was practicing his touchdown dance or something

George

August 31st, 2012
3:53 pm

Good thing Shawn Williams kept his head on straight this offseason or we wouldn’t have a secondary to field vs. Missouri. Against Buffalo it shouldn’t matter, but we need all hands on deck vs. Mizzou. Damn, it’s ALWAYS something. Either uneccessary injuries, or stupid decisions off the field. Something always happens.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 31st, 2012
3:54 pm

Damn the boy can’t walk and chew gum.

Octoberdawg

August 31st, 2012
3:56 pm

We will be fine against the Bulls. I just hope Mitchell is back for Mizzou. I think the main question is….how in the Hades do you sprain your ankle in a walk-through?

Hairy Dawg

August 31st, 2012
3:57 pm

And it’s all happening on the defensive side of the ball. The offense has had a cool offseason. No problems over there. It’s on the defense where we’ve had suspensions and injuries. Offense seems ready to go and will put up 50 points tomorrow.

J-Dub

August 31st, 2012
3:58 pm

I agree with you George. It’s always something. I open this website everyday wanting to read some news but I am learning that the only good news these days is no news……

t2go

August 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

J-Dub

August 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

Hairy, there is one part of the offense that did not have a cool offseason….IC…..

Hairy Dawg

August 31st, 2012
4:00 pm

Offensive line will surprise this season. One of the best O-lines in the SEC with Gates, Lee, Andrews, Burnette, and Theus.

Aaron Murray will have his best season yet as a Dawg. Win some big games for us.

t2go

August 31st, 2012
4:00 pm

Get well soon Malcolm!!! We NEED you!!!

Hairy Dawg

August 31st, 2012
4:00 pm

@ J-Dub well I wasn’t counting him since he’s no longer on the team. I expected IC to screw up. But other than that, it’s been good for the offense.

Rp

August 31st, 2012
4:02 pm

Please delete the guy at 3:55. Get a life.

J-Dub

August 31st, 2012
4:04 pm

You are correct Hairy. I do wish we had Kolton Houston ready to play as well. If our line can gel, we can put up some points.

Ben Jones

August 31st, 2012
4:04 pm

With our front 7, it shouldn’t matter. QB won’t have time to throw anyway.

TheBabe

August 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

Yes, please delete the 3:55 post.

theTruth

August 31st, 2012
4:08 pm

Could it be that UGA doesn’t want to tip their hand for Mizzou? Sounds kinda fishy that he ’sprains’ his ankle during a walk through…

It may be exactly true because one would think he would need ‘live’ reps against Buffalo, but you UGA is defenitely less forthcoming with information since McGarity arrived.

Arthur Redding, Jr.

August 31st, 2012
4:10 pm

3:55 needs to be permanently banned from AJC boards.

DARKDOG

August 31st, 2012
4:10 pm

At least he wasn’t suspended.

UGA Insider

August 31st, 2012
4:14 pm

Nothing is wrong with Mitchell guys. He’s out this game to make is seem as if he’s hurt. It’s a mind game with Missouri. Georgia is going all out to win that game. Mitchell is fine.

Chuck

August 31st, 2012
4:15 pm

Is there anything in writing that a Georgia player suspended has to be suspended the next x number of games? I wish Commings could miss Buffalo and Florida Atlantic but I don’t know if this is something that Richt decides or it’s an official policy of Georgia/SEC/NCAA/Etc.

Doodaddy

August 31st, 2012
4:15 pm

What a disappoinment for the kid! Let’s hope he recovers fully and soon.

The Diesel

August 31st, 2012
4:16 pm

Sprains an ankle during walk throughs.Good Job!!!!!!

Two to the shoe

August 31st, 2012
4:17 pm

Wow. That’s incredibly bad luck. No need to push it against buffalo fellow Dawg fans, get him healthy for Missouri. Hell, our 3rd team could be Buffalo. That said, there could be a silver lining here. Some of the younger guys are going to get allot of reps against an inferior opponent. Im interested in seeing Sheldon Dawson and Cory Moore. I think people forget how highly tauted Damian Swann was coming out of HS. Thats the thing, gone are the days where we are only 1 or 2 deep. Grantham has this thing fine tuned and we have 4 stars all over the place on defense. We;re getting there on offense too but its taken longer, especially the Oline (Theus was a good start).

waterdog

August 31st, 2012
4:18 pm

Do a better job of monitoring the blog and dump the guy @ 3:55. That’s just plain stupid.

rhbDAWG1

August 31st, 2012
4:21 pm

THE BRIGHT SIDE – Missou won’t be able to see him in action and plan for his skill set. I will be surprised if he’s not 100 % next Saturday night.

bart

August 31st, 2012
4:21 pm

Are these guys really so fragile? Jeez, how to you get hurt in a walk thru? Pitiful.

Alphare

August 31st, 2012
4:22 pm

You think walk-thru hurting your players is bad? What about losing your players by doing nothing during the off-season? Huh? UGA fans?

Freddy

August 31st, 2012
4:28 pm

Our defense is good enough to dominate Mizzou all day long. I mean literally shut them down. The only problem is our defense will be watching the game on TV back in Athens. Really sad that the coaches recruit and develop such a great product to put on the field, then due to stupidity and injuries we won’t even get to see it.

BobDog

August 31st, 2012
4:29 pm

I doubt he’s hurt. They’re hiding him so Missouri won’t know what to expect.

dawgfan

August 31st, 2012
4:30 pm

You can roll an ankle walking from the couch to the refrigerator. Trust me. I’ve done it. He’ll be fine. Ice, ice, ice and more ice. It works miracles.

Bama in Atlanta

August 31st, 2012
4:32 pm

UGA Insider

August 31st, 2012
4:14 pm
Nothing is wrong with Mitchell guys. He’s out this game to make is seem as if he’s hurt. It’s a mind game with Missouri. Georgia is going all out to win that game. Mitchell is fine.

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There’s a big difference in having a sprain where you hold a guy out for the first game against a weak team so that he should be good to go in week 2 versus having a healthy player and sitting him out just to play “mind games” for week 2.

It’s bad enough when a player is focusing on the second game before the first is played but it’s much worse if the coaching staff is doing it. Missouri isn’t that good of a team and UGA should win it but if you’re having to play mind games before you get past your season opener then that’s showing a lack of confidence.

Russell Hall

August 31st, 2012
4:40 pm

Sure hope BobDog is right about M.M., but I’m afraid it might be wishful thinking.

Is "sprained his ankle"...

August 31st, 2012
4:44 pm

…jsut code words for” suspended” for some other reason that CMR does not want to discuss (see Rambo and Ogletree)?

UGA

August 31st, 2012
4:45 pm

A mind game? And you identify yourself as an insider?

MItchell did injure himself significantly and there’s whispers he’s lost for the season depending how surgery goes.

GtDawg

August 31st, 2012
5:01 pm

Ya’ll aint real Dawg fans if you think this is gonna be a problem this weekend or next week. Blowouts both games. Man up.

PaulPaul

August 31st, 2012
5:09 pm

Enter your comments here

Huh?

August 31st, 2012
5:12 pm

UGA won’t miss Mitchell, and UGA beats Buffalo easy enough. The problem that I have are the people on this blog saying that there is nothing wrong with him, and that it’s just some kind of competitive trick to play mind games with Missouri.

So…Claude Felton is a liar? You guys ok with the UGA coaching staff pulling a stunt like this by lying to college football fans AND not letting Mitchell play? Serously?

PaulPaul

August 31st, 2012
5:12 pm

What is the deal with this 3:55 did I miss something. Hope Mitchell is not hurt badly. He is a true play maker on both sides of the ball.

LoyalDog

August 31st, 2012
5:15 pm

George. Are you kiddin me? Amarlo Herrera and Gilliard are the best inside linebackers. Put Robinson on the pine. Besides, he talks too much. Herrera gets the job done The defense will be fine. Swann and Smith are good and Corey Moore is really good. I like Williams too.

Hard Truth Soldier

August 31st, 2012
5:18 pm

Guys remember when Christian Robinson got hurt last year and Gillard had a beast 3 game burst? Sometimes this may be and opportunity for another to shine. Damien Swann GATA tomorrow.

Chris

August 31st, 2012
5:30 pm

Coach MR just dont want to show his hand to the zoo to review. come on think about it today was a walk through.