Malcolm Mitchell worked on returning both kickoffs and punts today in Georgia’s special teams scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.
It’s not the same Mitchell as a returner as last season, he said.
“As I got older, this camp when I grew up over the summer, to be a great player you also have to be smart and know when it’s your time to make the big play,” the junior receiver said. “That’s the main thing. Be smart, don’t rush it, let it happen.”
Mitchell averaged 22.5 yards on kickoff returns last season, but Georgia started second quarter drives against Florida at its own 8- and 17-yard lines after Mitchell returned kicks that went into the end zone instead of taking a knee.
Mitchell said he came to the realization on his own to play it safer at times.
“Your mind becomes more open,” he said. “(Chicago Bear) Devin Hester didn’t run back every kick, did he? You know what I mean? That’s not something I have to worry about.”
Georgia is looking at multiple players to return kicks and punts this season.
Here are some postpractice video interviews:
Offensive lineman Kolton Houston (with some shaky camera work):
And QB Aaron Murray on the last scrimmage and freshman receiver Reggie Davis (who now has a sprained knee):
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