Georgia coach Mark Richt quickly shot down a pre-bowl storyline on Tuesday that was being kept alive during the last week, denying that a tug of war still might go on for Malcolm Mitchell between offense and defense.
Richt ended that by firmly answering the question of what he thought Mitchell’s role would be in 2013.
“What do I think it’s going to be? Wide receiver,” Richt said. “I doubt he plays any more corner. I think he needs to play one position.”
That news got reporters typing. Richt seemed amused.
“Man, everybody’s typing like mad now,” he said. “Tweet it. Tweet it. Tweet it out. Go ahead, tweet it. … Writing and typing. It’s like a frenzy. It’s like piranhas.”
Mitchell, a sophomore from Valdosta, started three games early in the season at cornerback before returning to receiver full time in October.
Mitchell, who leads Georgia with 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns, said last week that receiver was his preference “because I love doing it.”
Mithchell moved to cornerback last winter after attrition sapped the Bulldogs of depth there. Early season suspensions in the secondary made him even more needed.
“First of all, he wanted to do it,” Richt said. “Second of all, it became where like we felt like we needed him to do it. If he’s going to be the best he can be at either position, I think he needs to concentrate on just one of them and receiver is where he’s going to be.”
Quarterback Aaron Murray, speaking after Richt’s post-practice media session was over, said he read Richt’s comments about Mitchell on Twitter.
“I saw a tweet on that,” Murray said. “I’m happy for Malcolm because I’ve talked to him about it. I think he feels great about just being able to focus on one position. I know he wanted to think big and play offense and defense and special teams, but it’s tough playing all those positions. Not saying he can’t do it because he probably is one of the best athletes on our team and one of the best athletes in the country. If he wants to be a DB, if he had a whole offseason to do just that, I think he’d be great. I definitely think he’s more comfortable on offense. I think he enjoys offense. I’m definitely happy he’s back on offense, that’s for sure.”