When Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell was on the field for his first offensive snap of the season Saturday, receiver Tavarres King started laughing on the sideline.
“I was like, ‘Let’s see what this cat can do. Let’s see if he’s still got it,’” King said. “He caught it, came over to the sideline and said, ‘Yeah, your dog’s still got it.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, you’ve still got it.’ ”
Mitchell, second on the Bulldogs in receptions last season, caught a 49-yard pass on a third-quarter post route for his only catch so far this season.
“It’s been a while,” Mitchell said. “I was happy to be able to do that on my first play.”
Mitchell played one other offensive snap.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Mitchell should get more offensive work, especially when suspended safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree return.
“Malcolm will definitely stay with the defense as far as being ready to play,” Richt said. “I imagine he will still play. His offensive reps will increase, and he’ll probably start to spend some meeting time with the offense as well. I’m thinking about trying to find a way to split time with him if we can manage it, if we think it can work for us.”
The plan still calls for Mitchell to play offense, defense and special teams on and off the rest of the year.
“He’s a guy who I think is in good enough condition,” Richt said. “I know he’s smart enough to understand what’s going on on both sides of the ball with the experience he’s had. We need him on specials, too.”