A pulled hamstring kept Malcolm Mitchell sidelined during the final week of spring practices, but Georgia coaches saw enough to think that the sophomore who has yet to play a college snap at cornerback can be a big help on defense.
“He’s probably our best corner,” secondary coach Scott Lakatos said. “He’s good. He’s a good player.”
Is Mitchell already the best cornerback even if Sanders Commings and Branden Smith—both facing early-season suspensions—were available?
“A-ha,” Lakatos said. “He’s a good corner. He’s got a chance to be a great corner. Oh, yeah. All of those guys are working really hard this summer from everything I hear from them.”
Mitchell is pretty good as a receiver, too, you might remember. Coaches voted him third-team preseason All-SEC on offense after making 45 catches for 665 yards and four touchdowns last season.
“He’s a baller,” senior receiver Tavarres King said.
Coach Mark Richt says that Mitchell will be a cornerback at least in the early portion of the season and could be “50-50” offense and defense later in the year after practicing on Todd Grantham’s defense at cornerback in the spring.
“I wanted him at every practice as a defensive player because I don’t want to limit coach Grantham’s ability to call some type of scheme because Malcolm is in the game,” Richt said. “We need to match up against some of these teams we’re going to play that love to spread the ball, as Missouri does.”
Said Grantham: “He is very good. He’s good. He’s really good.”
Told that Lakatos said he’s the best corner, Grantham didn’t argue.
“He is,” Grantham said. “He’s a very talented guy.”
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