David Ching has outdone himself with this terrific story on what to expect out of Malcolm Mitchell this season. What makes it so good? Two things – one, he goes back and tries to place the present expectations on Mitchell against the historical backdrop of Champ Bailey’s incredible 1998 season, and, two, he talks to Brandon Boykin, Jay Rome and Scott Woerner (!) about how realistic it is for Mitchell to be a significant contributor on both sides of the ball.
No sugar-coating here; it’s going to be a tall, tall task. If Mitchell can pull it off, he’s one special player.
By the way, in the last six games (four SEC opponents, Georgia Tech and the bowl game) of the ’98 season, Champ Bailey averaged almost 107 plays per game. That’s insane. And it’s an effort that should have been worthy of much more Heisman attention than it got.