may very well be Malcolm Mitchell’s hamstrings. Think I’m kidding? You shouldn’t – Mark Richt had a meeting about ‘em.
… The concern for Georgia at this point is making sure Mitchell’s conditioning will be good enough to play a lot. Richt said they met with the strength staff and nutritionist on Monday morning on things they should do to increase Mitchell’s stamina, as well as guard against hamstring injuries. Mitchell couldn’t play in the spring game because of a hamstring injury, a malady that also knocked him out of five games last year.
“So now you just don’t want to overload him, is the big thing, because if you do you don’t get him on either side of the ball,” Richt said. “But he absolutely has got to focus and concentrate on being the best defensive back he can be, and keep his skills up as a receiver. Again, as the season rolls on, I got a feeling with the temperature change and with the guys coming back, I think he’ll be more freed up to make more plays offensively. But in the beginning he’s gotta be ready to play DB.”
By “play a lot”, they’re talking about offense, defense and special teams. (“Oh yeah. We’re gonna give him a chance to be the kick or the punt returner,” Richt said.) That’s a helluva lot to ask from what have been so far some fairly fragile body parts.
Reading between the lines there, I wouldn’t expect to see much at all of Mitchell on offense against Buffalo and maybe a little more against Missouri. After that, it’ll be play it by ear. Sure hope his hammies are up to the challenge.