To leave the end zone on a kickoff return or take a knee? That is the question.
The answer is pretty simple to Georgia coach Mark Richt.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt want them to come out,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúHere‚Äôs the thing, if you‚Äôre not sure then you‚Äôve got to come out, if you‚Äôre not sure whether you‚Äôre in or out because you can maybe lose your way just a little bit. If your upback or your blocker, if he comes back and says don‚Äôt come out, he shouldn‚Äôt come out. He‚Äôs using good judgment and he‚Äôs not blocking for you anymore so it just doesn‚Äôt make any sense.‚Äù
Georgia started second quarter drives against Florida at its own 8- and 17-yard lines after Malcolm Mitchell chose to return kicks that went into the end zone instead of taking a touchback.
Mitchell returned the first kick to the 16-yard line, but a holding penalty from Kosta Vavlas pushed it back to the 8.
‚ÄúIf we‚Äôre in there, I‚Äôd like just to take the 25-yard line,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôd be very happy with that. There are some circumstances. If it‚Äôs just a low line driver and there‚Äôs no hang time maybe. That‚Äôs when there‚Äôs a little bit of gray area sometimes.‚Äù
Mitchell is eighth in the SEC in kick return yardage at 21.8-yards per return. His long is 48.
Todd Gurley remains Georgia‚Äôs No, 2 kick returner. He returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown in the opener and averaged 23.8-yards per return on his other six returns this season.
‚ÄúMalcolm hits it up in there pretty good,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs got good speed and good burst and he‚Äôs pretty brave. I think he does a good job there, too.‚Äù