Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and receivers coach Tony Ball weren’t the only ones not “all that thrilled,” with coach Mark Richt’s decision to move Malcolm Mitchell to cornerback.
There was similar sentiment Monday by some on Twitter and on sports talk radio.
The sophomore, Richt said Monday, will work “almost exclusively,” at cornerback this spring and is ticketed to stay there until at least Sanders’ Commings two-game suspension ends.
Georgia already got a taste of what life was like without the explosive receiver when he missed three games last season with a pulled hamstring.
Georgia won all three as quarterback Aaron Murray tossed 10 touchdowns and racked up 733 yards against Vanderbilt, Florida and New Mexico State. Of course, the Bulldogs don’t have tight end Orson Charles in the passing game like it did then.
Richt said Georgia has quality depth at wide receiver in a group that includes Tavarres King, Michael Bennett and Chris Conley.
Bennett led Georgia with seven catches for 89 yards against Vanderbilt in a game in which Marlon Brown had career bests of four catches, 121 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Conley had a team-high five catches for 126 yards against New Mexico State.
“I think we’ve got a good collection of receivers that have played in big games and made plays,” Richt said. “It’s not like the cupboard’s bare at receiver. We had to sit there and measure what’s going to happen if we take him out of the receiving corps. Do we still have enough guys that can make plays? And I think we have enough guys that can make plays that we could make that move because we are a little bit more desperate in quality depth at corner.”
That desperation should end once Commings returns from suspension after week two. Branden Smith’s suspension following his arrest on a charge of possession of marijuana probably will be one game.
If it turns out there’s not enough receivers making plays, expect Mitchell to find his way back at wideout eventually.
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