Quick hits: Georgia, Nebraska injury updates; Mitchell glad offense is primary focus

ORLANDO, Fla. — Malcolm Mitchell said he did not talk to Mark Richt about staying at wide receiver before Richt made the final ruling. Micthell has primarily played wideout since starting early in the year at cornerback. Mitchell wanted to concentrate on offense. “It is good to settled in at one spot and focus on that,” Mitchell said. … Tailback Richard Samuel (sprained shoulder) practiced in a non-contact jersey.
Offensive lineman Austin Long was working on the side wearing a “club” on his surgically repaired right hand. … Nebraska center Cole Pensick missed Thursday’s practice at Freedom High School — the Cornhuskers’ first in Orlando — because of an illness. He had yet to arrive in town, but is expected at practice this morning. Pensick is expected to start in place of injured Justin Jackson, who started 12 games this season before suffering an ankle injury in the regular season finale against Iowa. Mark Pelini, nephew of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, also is expected to play center. “We feel good about both those guys,”
Pelini said. “Plus, it gives us the flexibility to have Cole move out at guard at times, too.” … Georgia held its only full pads practice in Orlando — a two hour workout — on a windy Thursday. The temperatures were in the mid-40s at the start of practice.

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Georgia wideout Malcolm Mitchell (26) returns a kickoff in Georgia's defeat of Ole Miss on Nov. 3 in Athens.

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