Sunday’s UGA notes: Offense or defense or both for Malcolm Mitchell?

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham filled in for head coach Mark Richt on Georgia’s weekly media teleconference Sunday evening. (Richt was tending to some family business, UGA said.) What they had to say:

  • Not surprisingly, both Bobo and Grantham expressed a desire to have cornerback/wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell on their side of the ball. Mitchell missed the season opener with an ankle injury and played defense in Saturday’s win at Missouri. Now, with defensive back Sanders Commings returning from suspension for this week’s game against Florida Atlantic,  it sounds as if Mitchell’s role is up for discussion again.

First, from Bobo:

“I promise you, I’m going to go in there politicking hard for him offensively. I already walked in there to Coach Grantham’s meeting earlier this afternoon and asked what kind of offense FAU runs, what kind of personnel groups, how many receivers they’re going to have on the field.  He was trying to say they play five wides. I don’t think they play five wides.  [He was] joking a little bit, like he had to have him.

“But that’s something we’ll talk about as a staff.  He’s going to get back on offense some this week. We’ve already discussed  about that earlier in camp. Whether it will be full-time yet, I don’t know. But I sure would love to have him on offense, and he did a good job on defense the other night.”

And then, a bit later on the teleconference, Grantham:

“I think he’s a guy that will still continue to play on defense, because there is a need for him and what he brings to our defense. I think for the first time out he did a good job. He’s aggressive. He understood the route concepts and what’s happening. I thought he played better the more he played. I think he’s only going to get better as a corner. I think he’s the kind of guy that can be a very valuable guy to us moving forward on the defensive side of the ball. So we’ll continue to use him and work him in as needed and use his skill set to help us be productive on defense.”

Sounds like a question for Richt at Tuesday’s press conference.

  • Todd Gurley got the start at tailback Saturday after his breakout performance in the season opener. Bobo estimated Sunday, off the top of his head, that Gurley played 39 snaps against Missouri, Keith Marshall 22 and Ken Malcome 13.  “It’s based off production,” Bobo said. “Todd obviously had the biggest production last night in amount of yards (65) and yards per carry (6.5).” Bobo said Gurley didn’t get as many carries (10) as Marshall (12) because “some of the situations dictated we were spreading it out and throwing it when he was in there.”  Said Bobo:  “I think all of them did a nice job. All of them ran hard. We obviously didn’t block the way we wanted to on every play.  … All of them are progressing. This week again will be another competition, along with their first two games of how we grade them and their production, [to] determine who the starter is.”
  • Not surprisingly, Grantham provided no update on the status of suspended players Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo. “We’ll just have to see what happens as we move forward.”  As for Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser, whose suspensions are completed, Grantham said the plan is to use them in the same way as last season. With Commings, that means getting him ready to play both cornerback and safety, Grantham said. Grantham said he had received no report Sunday on the status of nose guard John Jenkins and defensive end/outside linebacker Cornelius Washington, both of whom “injured lower parts of their body” against Missouri, Grantham said.   “We’ll have to wait and see tomorrow.” (Richt indicated after the game that Jenkins did not appear to be seriously hurt.)
  • The sprained ankle that sidelined freshman right tackle John Theus from practice for the first three days last week “hurt him a little” in the game, Bobo said. Theus “went through some adversity in the game, a couple of missed blocks and some missed assignments,” Bobo said. “But the guy continued to play hard and play physical. … We’ve just got to get him out to practice this week so he can get better.” Theus was flagged for three false-start penalties against Missouri.

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166 comments Add your comment

gofortwo

September 9th, 2012
9:02 pm

Mitchell with Brown will be awesome

Mobile Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:03 pm

Would like to see Mitchell used both ways.

Tony

September 9th, 2012
9:05 pm

Great second half by the dawgs. Can’t wait to see how good the defense will
be with all of our starters.

just a fan

September 9th, 2012
9:11 pm

Brown played a great game bringing Mitchell back can only help the offense

JFKDawg

September 9th, 2012
9:15 pm

Did Bobo say anything about being 0-8 on 3rd down conversions? Also saw a bit of taunting out of Mitchell during the night. Hopefully, he’ll stop that nonsense. Hopefully, we can get everyone rested and healthy this week and have enough of a lead at halftime versus FAU that we can rest they guys.

Neutral

September 9th, 2012
9:15 pm

Any news on Geather’s injury?

Rick James

September 9th, 2012
9:16 pm

So glad to see Marlon Brown breakout last night..

dumptruck

September 9th, 2012
9:18 pm

-our d will be unbelievable when everyone is back
-mitchell needs to start on the offense and play d in passing situations. he will make more impact on offense, our d is good enough w/o him, but he is a playmaker so he needs to be in the game as much as possible(except fumbling punt returns)
-we should also let malcome mitchell call the plays on offense. ANYONE could do better than bobo

Jerry Seinfeld

September 9th, 2012
9:18 pm

I’m not worried about Jenkins’ injury status after hearing Coach Richt’s quotes. He said last night that Jenkins isn’t seriously hurt, and it’s not like Georgia will need him against FAU anyways. I hope he does play Saturday, but we just need him back for Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

derekross

September 9th, 2012
9:18 pm

Aaron Murray looked good too. If Brown can catch the easy ones and be consistant UGA can have a great year.

Brown, King, Bennett. A nice trio without Mitchell.

Would like to see more screens and more than 1 pass to the TE. Since Bobo took over playcalling from Richt the tightend has been nothing but a 6th o-lineman.

Stop running Marshall (our smallest RB) up the middle. Give him some sweeps and screens.

Neutral

September 9th, 2012
9:19 pm

I agree…….please quit the taunting. I’m proud of my Dawgs and just cringe when they hot dog and taunt. Please note that Bama doesn’t do that too much. It is so immature and embarrassing.

Neutral

September 9th, 2012
9:22 pm

Any news on Geathers?

Jerry Seinfeld

September 9th, 2012
9:23 pm

Conley is a good receiver as well. He’s not afraid to make a catch with the game on the line. Does anyone remember his catch against Florida with about 2 minutes to go? And Georgia was not 0-8 on third-down conversions. Maybe they started 0-8, but they converted at least 4 I believe. Murray threw a pass right on the money in the fourth to Bennett, but Michael could not hang on. Plays like that are what the team must work on before we play a team like South Carolina.

Just Saying

September 9th, 2012
9:26 pm

Go Dawgs……great game under incredibly tough circumstances.

Jerry Seinfeld

September 9th, 2012
9:29 pm

I agree that Marshall should be used more on counter plays or toss sweeps… I know you have to run up the middle sometimes to keep the defense honest, but he’s a true freshman and doesn’t have the build just yet to handle a steady diet of carries up the middle.

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RHall55

September 9th, 2012
10:10 pm

Update on 1) Ogletree??? 2) Rambo??? 3) Geathers??? 4) Washington??? 5) Jenkins??? 6) Houston???

old dawg

September 9th, 2012
10:15 pm

when will the “professional” news boy ask the real questions we want to know?
such as:
when can we expect the whole team to play all 4 quarters instead their typical 1 1/2- 2? only jarvis jones and marlin brown played all 4.
when will this alleged stud ray drew become a factor in the games and make us go “o wow!” like the press did whe he signed 2 years ago?

derekross

September 9th, 2012
10:29 pm

also can we get some misdirection. either on reverses and counters. more screens either halfback or WR.

Can we see some more Branden Smith on offense also? Guy is explosive. I would like to see that play he ran against South Carolina one more time. Bobo just doesn’t like to use what works over and over until the defense stops it.

bitter see yaa at the SEC Championship

September 9th, 2012
10:32 pm

OLD DAWG—-SHUT UP CRY BABY———–DAWGS RULE

L.A. BULLDAWG

September 9th, 2012
10:34 pm

MALCOLM MITCHELL, IS THE BEST ATHLETE ON THE TEAM! HIS SKILLS ARE REMINICENT OF CHAMP BAILEY. HE HAS YOUNG LEGS! PUT HIM TO USE!!

L.A. BULLDAWG

September 9th, 2012
10:36 pm

GREAT TACKLE BY THAT FORMER 5-STAR RECRUIT, RICHARD SAMUEL IV, ON THAT FAKE PUNT ON 4TH AND 11! WE MUST NOT UNDERESTIMATE SAMUEL’S VALUE TO THIS TEAM!!! CAN ANYONE SAY: TEAM PLAYER!!!

Jerry Seinfeld

September 9th, 2012
10:55 pm

I love Richard Samuel. He didn’t pan out as a running back, but the guy has serious heart.

Haka-Dawg

September 9th, 2012
11:04 pm

I thought Bobo dialed up a nice game plan. We adjusted to the blitz… we hurt’em with the quick tunnel screen.. perfect call.. well executed.

DFW Dawg

September 9th, 2012
11:11 pm

Who knew that we could win games that were still in question in the third quarter rather than blowouts? Reminded me of the Florida game last year, where we kept it close until the end and started scoring TD’s while they kicked FGs. What a win for the Dawgs! Mizzou is a solid team–probably easy to scoff at this victory over an unranked opponent, but go back two days and read the posts to see how convinced people were that Mizzou was going to roll.

BTW, LSU & Auburn & Mizzou are all Tigers. UGA & Miss. St. are Bulldogs. Mike Bobo’s play selection is more interesting and creative than our collective mascots.

derekross

September 9th, 2012
11:21 pm

yea we won because the defense gave Georgia plenty of times for Bobo to figure out the defense. Which was what? 2 drives?

derekross

September 9th, 2012
11:22 pm

Bobo put togather two or three good drives worth of playcalling. But Granthams defense won this game.

Savdawgsince76

September 9th, 2012
11:50 pm

Good Evening! For starters, part of Georgia’s talk came from the statement from Sheldon Ricaardson where he states that our team look like “old man football”. Because he lit the fire, I think they were just trying to let them know that the SEC is big boy football. Secondly the offense executed almost flawlessly after they scored before half so I’m still waiting on a full 4 quarters of production. But in the 1st quarter and because the first 10 or so plays are scripted, we should have ran the ball straight down their throat to start. The offense was passing unnessasarily in those first 4 drives. Furthermore Marshall should have more opportunities to run the ball on counters or sweeps to the corner. Although to me, Gurley still looks faster and Marshall has to improve on missing or shaking off the first tackler. Lastly Marlon was healthy and with reemergence of Rantavious Wooten, the receiving depth has definitely. And if Jarvis Jones continues to have games like that, he might get himself into Heisman conversation.

jaxdawg

September 10th, 2012
12:12 am

my uncle has opened my eyes. He knows football. He played football. For him, it’s all about talent on the offensive line. Richt misses on the top offensive line from Georgia consistently. He gets one or two top guys per class while Bama gets five six or seven. For us to be top top tier, we need to change this. With that said, Bobo called a good game last night, and my criticism of him in the past was unwarranted. I believe we have great coaches, it’s just talent that needs to get us over the hump. We’ve got it on defense. But will we ever have it on the offensive line? Go Dawgs!!!

davidinloganville

September 10th, 2012
12:29 am

derekross
Would like to see more screens and more than 1 pass to the TE. Since Bobo took over playcalling from Richt the tightend has been nothing but a 6th o-lineman.

do you not remember the tight end the last 3 years Orson Charles, man some people criticize Bobo without any clue.

Columbus

September 10th, 2012
2:20 am

Its going to be a GREAT YEAR HATERS!!! You HATE that too dont you? Haters….what idiots!

GO DAWGS!

Columbus

September 10th, 2012
2:22 am

Its going to be a GREAT YEAR HATERS! I bet you hate that too dont you hater?! Haters…what idiots!

GO GEORGIA BULLDOGS!

Destin Dawg

September 10th, 2012
6:27 am

wonderful start to the season… still need to play more of the younger players sooner in games like THIS WEEK.. rest the starters and banged up players… experience is needed for depth.. like Christian LeMay.. we may need him in a close game !!

Old Hippy Tea Partier

September 10th, 2012
6:32 am

it’s not our fault, but our schedule has gotten easier ???? Auburn is horrible !!! unprepared, sloppy, just terrible !!!

lkmantskteck

September 10th, 2012
6:55 am

Some people on here know as much about footbal as Tech does……….And that would be zero

lkmantskteck

September 10th, 2012
6:57 am

should be “football”…stupid keys not working…

Jeff

September 10th, 2012
6:58 am

Mitchell is extremely talented. He may be the next Champ, dominating both sides of the ball.

Billy Joe Bobby

September 10th, 2012
7:24 am

It was a huge win, but we’ve got to prepare for another huge win next Saturday.

The Owls won’t be a pushover. They may not be ranked, but they are a scrappy bunch — just like Mizzou.

Chris

September 10th, 2012
7:33 am

Why not put Gurley and Marshall in at the same time? Just a thought….

GA DAWG MAN

September 10th, 2012
8:06 am

great 2nd half team TERRIBLE play calling in the 1st

Tim

September 10th, 2012
8:13 am

I cannot wait to see this defense clicking on all cylinders! Vasser may have lost his opportunity with the play of the current LB’s.

Mitchell’s future in the NFL is at CB. I agree we should use him 10-12 plays on offense. He certainly can make plays but needs to know when. Dont pick up a punt on the ground surrounded by 5 players??

bill arp

September 10th, 2012
8:23 am

A few observations from Saturday..

Murray and Marshall both came in with the under(2.5)..on turnovers and missed FG’s…as long as that keeps happening, we should win games..

I wish they would just scrap the play where Murray turns around and tosses it to the TB coming right at him. You’re asking the RB to watch/catch the ball and look for his hole at the same time. This play will result in a fumble before it’s over. Other than that, I thought that he called a good game.

J Jones was obviously a beast out there, but R Samuel made a huge play shedding off two blockers to make the tackle on the fake punt. Nice to see him making a contribution to the victory.

It’ll be nice to get Rambo and ‘Tree back against UT.

RxDawg

September 10th, 2012
8:27 am

Well I think we need Mitchell more on defense then we do on offense. We’ve got a fine group of WR’s. I bet Keith Marshall gets the start this week. He was productive, and the only back that didn’t fumble.

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B

September 10th, 2012
8:34 am

Can anyone tell me why Commings. A guy who hit his girl friend and was arrested for domestic violence only gets suspended for two weeks. But the guys who failed a drug test for marijuana when they just got back from spring break get suspended for 4 weeks? The punishment doesn’t fit the crimes here.

St Simons

September 10th, 2012
8:40 am

look, rah-rah-rah yay dawgs and all that, but

if we don’t play 4 quarters against the big boys, its gon be same ol story
John Theus – omg, get him outta there – F-
Michael Bennett – omg, did his daddy give a bunch o money? F–
Aaron Murray – got us +7pts, gave up -13, net -6 – D–
Mike Bobo – how many lives does this cat have?

same usual suspects, fix it

crossdawg

September 10th, 2012
8:45 am

Hoper ramboo didn’t sit home & “eat brownies” while watching the game

SLWDAWG

September 10th, 2012
8:45 am

The reason for the 4 games is it has happened so many times. I wish they had all been suspended 4. The taunting might not seem as bad if we weren’t doing it after a 12 yard gain for a first down! ( Maybe just on a tackle for loss ). Thanks to Jarvis for adding class to this side of the ball. Never thought I would see it, but he truly is on the same level as David Pollack on and off the field.

St Simons

September 10th, 2012
8:49 am

and props to the Missouri Tigers, they BELONG,

dam good show, from a Dawg alumnus

Destin Dawg

September 10th, 2012
8:57 am

young team will only get better with playing time… get the marijuana smokers back… one game at a time, but SEC Champs this year !!!