Georgia‚Äôs Malcolm Mitchell wasn‚Äôt completely pleased with his performance against Missouri on Saturday night, but he won‚Äôt deny he had fun playing defense for the first time in a college game.
‚ÄúIt has been a while,‚Äù said Mitchell, who played some defensive back at Valdosta High. ‚ÄúIt was fun. It‚Äôs just one of those things you have to get back in the flow of.‚Äù
The sophomore missed Georgia‚Äôs game against Buffalo with a sprained ankle that he suffered the Thursday prior in a walk-through. After starting nine games at wide receiver last season, Mitchell believes he can improve and build on his highly anticipated debut at cornerback Saturday.
‚ÄúI had an OK game,‚Äù Mitchell said. ‚ÄúI could‚Äôve played better. The more I play, the better I‚Äôll get.‚Äù
Georgia coach Mark Richt has said he plans to use Mitchell on offense this season, too, but Mitchell said he must get fully healthy before playing both sides of the ball.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm taking it one game at a time,‚Äù said Mitchell, who said his ankle was sore following Saturday night‚Äôs win. ‚ÄúI gotta let my ankle heal all the way up first before I do any two-ways, that‚Äôs for sure.‚Äù
Mitchell also looks forward to the return of cornerback Sanders Commings, who was suspended for the first two games of the season.
‚Äú(Commings) is back, and it‚Äôs definitely a positive,‚Äù said Mitchell. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs been playing and starting for years now. He‚Äôs going to come back and bring a lot of experience. He‚Äôs a very good player, so we‚Äôll be better in the secondary.‚Äù