Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell, who is set to play primarily cornerback, should be plenty busy on Saturday.
“He’ll definitely play offense, defense; he’ll play some special teams, too,” coach Mark Richt said of the player who led Georgia in receiving yards per game last season. “He will more than likely will return a punt or two and he might even return a kick. I’m not sure on that part. He’ll play in all three phases of the game.”
Branden Smith is the most experienced kick returner and is competing along with Mitchell at punt return.
Assistant Tony Ball, who oversees kickoff returns, said that Todd Gurley, Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and Richard Samuel are also being looked at on that unit.
“I think we’ve got some good guys back there, guys I feel like that can score and guys I feel like can protect the ball,” Ball said. “I think we’ll get a chance in the first three ballgames to get a sense of who’s the guy.”
Richt isn’t sure how much work Mitchell will get on offense.
That, he said, “will be interesting to see. A lot might have to do with what the weather’s like and how he’s feeling.”