Cornerback Sanders Commings is suspended for two games.
Georgia is already thin in the secondary after transfers and players booted off the team.
How much should Georgia fans worry about that Sept. 8 game at Missouri when the Bulldogs go up against a passing game that will feature receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, considered the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit.
We turned to Scott Kennedy, director of scouting for Scout.com, for his perspective.
“Georgia fans are going to feel like they’re having Calvin Johnson flashbacks when the Bulldogs go to visit Missouri and Dorial Green-Beckham,” Kennedy said. “He has that type of size and ability. But they’ll also be hoping for similar results that they had against Johnson going 3-0 against Georgia Tech in that time. James Franklin is a more accomplished passer than what Johnson had at Tech, so he’ll get more opportunities. I don’t know that any one corner is going to match up well with Green-Beckham because of his size. He’s 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds and can leap to get a ball like a forward getting a rebound.”
Green-Beckham had a national prep record 6,353 receiving yards and 75 receiving touchdowns at Hillcrest High in Springfield,Mo.
“I expect Georgia to try and jam him at the line of scrimmage and roll a safety over the top to make sure there is deep help which could open up some of the other receivers,” Kennedy said. “Even though it will only be his second game, he’s the type of talent that has to be accounted for even this early in his career.”
Will Georgia look to receiver Malcolm Mitchell to help out at corner during Commings’ suspension?
Coach Mark Richt entertained the notion of Mitchell playing some cornerback in 2012 during bowl practices.
“We have guys play a little bit of both ways, though we do try to focus on one position in Year 1,” Richt said in December. “If they have enough of a comfort level, knowing what to do, then we can begin to share a little bit. I wouldn’t be against it, whatever it takes to help Georgia win.”
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