Georgia‚Äôs Malcolm Mitchell, who is set to play primarily cornerback, should be plenty busy on Saturday.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôll definitely play offense, defense; he‚Äôll play some special teams, too,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said of the player who led Georgia in receiving yards per game last season. ‚ÄúHe will more than likely will return a punt or two and he might even return a kick. I‚Äôm not sure on that part. He‚Äôll play in all three phases of the game.‚Äù
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.
‚ÄúI think we‚Äôve got some good guys back there, guys I feel like that can score and guys I feel like can protect the ball,‚Äù Ball said. ‚ÄúI think we‚Äôll get a chance in the first three ballgames to get a sense of who‚Äôs the guy.‚Äù
Richt isn‚Äôt sure how much work Mitchell will get on offense.
That, he said, ‚Äúwill be interesting to see. A lot might have to do with what the weather‚Äôs like and how he‚Äôs feeling.‚Äù