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Mitchell Will Be UGA’s “First True Two-Way Player” Under Richt

Due to departures, dismissals and suspensions, Georgia is having to move star sophomore receiver Malcolm Mitchell to defensive back for the start of the 2012 season.  That doesn’t mean he won’t get snaps on offense, too.

In fact, Mitchell is set to become the Dawgs first two-way player since Champ Bailey.  Said Mark Richt:

 

“He’s a very good football player obviously as an offensive player.  He may be just as good or better on defense. We’re going to have our first true two-way player. (Brandon) Boykin was a two-way player and Branden Smith was, but they really couldn’t run every single play in the offensive system. Malcolm will know every play offensively. He’ll know every defense defensively so he’ll have a chance to play a lot of football for us.”

 

Bailey played at least 100 plays for Georgia in seven game during his junior season in 1998 and put up better numbers than 1997 Heisman-winner Charles Woodson in doing so.

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UGA’s Smith May Fight Weed Charge

Georgia will definitely be without suspended starting cornerback Sanders Commings when it opens SEC play at pass-happy Missouri this fall.  You can bet Mark Richt doesn’t want to be without both starting corners.

And maybe he won’t be.

Earlier this month, corner Branden Smith was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.  But UGA has announced not official penalty for Smith yet.  Perhaps that’s because Smith has now hired a lawyer and a date for a bench trial in April has been set, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Smith’s lawyer said he and his client have not decided how to proceed as of yet.  “We haven’t made any decision about whether he’s going to plead or ind some alternative dispute resolution or what,” Hamp Baxley said.  “We’re at the very beginning of the process right now.”

Expect Georgia coaches and fans to be watching said “process” very closely.  Missouri’s coaches, too, for that matter.

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Another CB Arrested, UGA Could Face Mizzou Passing Attack Short-Handed

Another Georgia cornerback is in trouble with Johnny Law today.  Starting corner Branden Smith was arrested early this morning in Alabama for possession of pot.  Smith was pulled over for following too closely and for not having a tag light, but the police officer found a “baseball-size package of marijuana” when he looked in the back seat.

UGA’s other starting cornerback — Sanders Commings — has already been suspended for the Dawgs’ first two games next season following a January arrest for striking a woman outside a downtown Athens club.  Two other freshmen who were slotted for the secondary have been dismissed from the team and another player — Jordan Love — who was expected to get some playing time in nickel and dime packages has transferred away.  (Sounds like Smith was getting ready for the nickel or dime bag packages.  Rimshot.)

Due to depth issues, Georgia was already toying with moving Malcolm Mitchell from receiver to corner.

The Bulldogs open the 2012 season at home against Buffalo before traveling to Missouri to serve as the Tigers’ first-ever SEC opponent.  Mizzou is expected to debut top receiver prospect Dorial Green-Beckham the week before against Southeastern Louisiana.

If Mark Richt can’t manufacture some corners quick, Green-Beckham’s SEC debut could be a good one.


UPDATE — Richt announced today that Mitchell will indeed be a cornerback this spring.  He was the Dawgs top receiver last season.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the fall whether he’ll go exclusively defensive back or not yet, but you can’t be in both meetings at the same time,” the coach said.  “Early on, we’re going to have to have him help at corner.”

Which is a classic case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.

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