The status of Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is a topic that coach Mark Richt sounds like he‚Äôd rather not have to address.
Mitchell left the Bulldogs‚Äô win over Tennessee on Oct. 8 with a pulled hamstring and returned to practice briefly on Monday during a portion open to the media.
Asked how the Bulldogs‚Äô top receiver was doing and if he had a setback, Richt said today: ‚ÄúWell, you tell me. You guys watched it, didn‚Äôt you, and everybody‚Äôs writing about it. Yeah, he didn‚Äôt do well yesterday. He practiced for about five minutes maybe.‚Äù
Quarterback Aaron Murray was upbeat about Mitchell playing against Florida. He said he thinks Mitchell will be ready for the game.
‚ÄúI talked to him and he just said he felt a little tight and he just didn‚Äôt want to push it anymore,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúHe wants to make sure he doesn‚Äôt do anything to damage (it.) He wants to play Saturday extremely badly.‚Äù
Murray said Mitchell told him that he‚Äôs ‚Äúgood to go.‚Äù
‚ÄúThey just don‚Äôt want to push it too much with him right now and make sure he‚Äôs close to 100 percent by game time,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a competitor and I know he‚Äôs going to do whatever it takes to try to get that thing as close to 100 percent as he can.‚Äù
A couple of other quick items:
–Lots of talk about the one-sided nature of the series again. Many of the players aren‚Äôt aware of the history of Florida‚Äôs dominance of late.
‚ÄúIs it really 18 of 21? That‚Äôs crazy,‚Äù redshirt freshman receiver Michael Bennett said. ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt know that. Man, we‚Äôve got to start winning I guess.‚Äù
–Florida is on a three-game losing streak to Alabama, LSU and Auburn. Georgia is on a five-game winning streak against Coastal Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
‚ÄúI know they‚Äôve lost the last three, but they‚Äôve played three ranked teams and two of them as everybody knows are dominating everybody they play,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI think there‚Äôs a perception that Georgia‚Äôs on a roll and Florida‚Äôs struggling, but if you flip those schedules I‚Äôm not sure it wouldn‚Äôt be a whole lot different story for us and for them as far as winning.‚Äù
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