Before spring practice, someone mentioned to Georgia sophomore Malcolm Mitchell about cornerback/receiver Champ Bailey getting in 100 plays in games when he was a Bulldog.
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Malcolm Mitchell (26) carries the ball for a gain after making a catch against Auburn.
“I’ve heard,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell, Georgia’s leader in receiving yards per game last year, will be playing cornerback for the Bulldogs depleted secondary this fall. He still can be a weapon in the passing game, too.
“He’s a very good football player obviously as an offensive player,” coach Mark Richt said. “He may be just as good or better on defense. We’re going to have our first true two-way player. (Brandon) Boykin was a two-way player and Branden Smith was, but they really couldn’t run every single play in the offensive system. Malcolm will know every play offensively. He’ll know every defense defensively so he’ll have a chance to play a lot of football for us.”
Whether that’s as much as Bailey did under Jim Donnan remains to be seen.
Bailey played at least 100 plays in seven games in his All-American junior year in 1998 when he logged more than 1,000 plays in the season. He had 744 receiving yards, five touchdowns and won the Bronco Nagurski Award for nation’s top defensive player after recording 52 tackles with three interceptions.
“I will put in the work to make sure I’ll be able to physically withstand it all,” Mitchell said. “If I get the opportunity, I’ll definitely take advantage of it.”
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