Notebook: Mitchell ‘doubtful’ to play against Florida

Georgia likely won’t have its top wide receiver and biggest deep threat Saturday against Florida.

Coach Mark Richt said that freshman Malcolm Mitchell is “doubtful” to play after he suffered a setback Monday in his return from a pulled hamstring. He missed his second straight practice on Wednesday.

“He’s doubtful; I’m hopeful,” Richt said. “That’s my quote on him.”

Richt said that 69 of the team’s 70 travel spots have been determined. The final one is being kept open in case Mitchell can go.

Mitchell, who leads the team with 25 catches and 438 receiving yards, hurt the hamstring on a 71-yard catch against Tennessee on Oct. 8. He took himself out of practice Monday after going through early drills.

“We’re not going to put him out there unless we think he can go full speed the whole game,” Richt said. “There’s just no point in doing it, especially with a hamstring. Once you do that, you set a guy back for three, four weeks. Who knows how long?”

Without Mitchell, Georgia passed for 326 yards in a 33-28 win against Vanderbilt.

“I think we’ll be able to throw the ball well,” Richt said. “We have guys that can run routes. We have guys that can catch the ball. The more that you have the better and the more that you have that have Malcolm’s abilities the better.”

Junior Marlon Brown had a career day against Vanderbilt with four catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

“Everybody’s just got to play big this weekend,” said Brown, who has been slowed by an ankle injury this season and said he’s about 85 to 90 percent now.

Georgia already is without receiver Rantavious Wooten due to a concussion.

 

Commings could see double duty Saturday

Sanders Commings has started at both cornerback and safety this season but said he hasn’t played both in the same game yet.

That could change against Florida.

Commings is expected to start at safety while Shawn Williams serves a half-game suspension for a flagrant personal foul against Vanderbilt.

When Williams returns in the third quarter, Commings could switch back to cornerback.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen yet,” Commings said. “If I do, I’m ready for it.”

Secondary coach Scott Lakatos said Commings may shift to cornerback in the second half.

He likened Williams having to sit for had an injury that kept him out a couple of quarters.

“It would be no different than if he got the wind knocked out of him the first series,” Lakatos said. “You’ve just got to put the next group out there and go play.”

Nose guard Kwame Geathers is also suspended for a half for fighting.

Defensive end DeAngelo Tyson is in line to spell starting nose John Jenkins when the Bulldogs are in their base defense.

“Obviously, we’re going to try and get everything we can get out of (Jenkins), but the bottom line is we want guys that are going to play fast and can be productive,” defensive line coach Rodney Garner said.

 

Brantley likely to play against Georgia

Florida quarterback John Brantley has progressed “pretty well” this week as he tries to return from a high ankle sprain, coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday.

“I expect him to play on Saturday unless something shocking comes up here through the latter part of the week,” Muschamp said.

The fifth-year senior has been “throwing it well,” in practice, Muschamp said.

“We’re hoping he plays,” Commings said. “We want their best, and we feel like he’s their best quarterback. We want to face him.”

 

This and that

Punter Drew Butler is among 16 named to the National Football Foundation scholar-athlete class. Butler won an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and is a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top scholar-athlete. ‚ĶReserve offensive tackle Austin Long is out with a sprained ankle.

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