March 12th, 2012 11:58 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Georgia
Tags: Branden Smith, Jordan Love, Sanders Commings, Southeastern Louisiana
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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