Georgia CB Mitchell, OLB WIlson earn starting spots

Georgia’s depth chart for the Buffalo game lists Malcolm Mitchell as a starting cornerback and Ramik Wilson as a starter at outside linebacker.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said Wilson “has worked hard, has developed his skills, he’ll be a good player for us there. I look forward to watching him play there Saturday. He’s earned it.”

Mitchell, Branden Smith and Damian Swann are the top three cornerbacks. Mitchell is also listed as a third-team split end.

“We’re spoonfeeding a little bit of offense back to him and getting a few plays greased up for him,” head coach Mark Richt said.



As expected, Ken Malcome is the starting tailback. The backup is listed as Todd Gurley or Keith Marshall or Richard Samuel.

“We’ve got the guys we think are going to touch the ball and then it’s going to be up to them to see how they carry it,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “If one’s hot, he’ll get more touches.”

Merrit Hall is set to be the starting fullback, but that will depend on whether Bobo actually opens the game with a fullback on the field.

“Coach Bobo knows a lot more than me about running an offense,” Hall said. “I’ll trust him in doing that.”

The former walk-on from Wesleyan School, a redshirt freshman, said starting would be a “big deal to me. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, to start for a Division I program. I’m finally blessed with the opportunity to do that.”

Samuel is also the No. 2 fullback behind Hall.

As expected, freshman John Theus is listed as the starting right tackle, Marshall Morgan as the starting kicker and Collin Barber as the starting punter.

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