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Blog: Mitchell update; Richt on Florida’s quality losses; 18 of 21 `crazy’

The status of Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is a topic that coach Mark Richt sounds like he’d rather not have to address.

Mitchell left the Bulldogs’ 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’ top receiver was doing and if he had a setback, Richt said today: “Well, you tell me. You guys watched it, didn’t you, and everybody’s writing about it. Yeah, he didn’t do well yesterday. He practiced for about five minutes maybe.”

Quarterback Aaron Murray was upbeat about Mitchell playing against Florida. He said he thinks Mitchell will be ready for the game.

“I talked to him and he just said he felt a little tight and he just didn’t want to push it anymore,” Murray said. “He wants to make sure he doesn’t do anything to damage (it.) He wants to play Saturday extremely badly.”

Murray said Mitchell told him that he’s “good to go.”

“They just don’t want to push it too much with him right now and make sure he’s close to 100 percent by game time,” Murray said. “He’s a competitor and I know he’s going to do whatever it takes to try to get that thing as close to 100 percent as he can.”

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.

“Is it really 18 of 21? That’s crazy,” redshirt freshman receiver Michael Bennett said. “I didn’t know that. Man, we’ve got to start winning I guess.”

–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.

“I know they’ve lost the last three, but they’ve played three ranked teams and two of them as everybody knows are dominating everybody they play,” Richt said. “I think there’s a perception that Georgia’s on a roll and Florida’s struggling, but if you flip those schedules I’m not sure it wouldn’t be a whole lot different story for us and for them as far as winning.”

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