Daily Archives: December 18, 2012

Musical palate cleanser, earn it, son edition

The first thing that came to mind when I read this Mike Bobo quote about Ken Malcome’s dissatisfaction with his playing time…

“Well, if he wants more playing time he’s gotta prove it on the practice field,” Bobo said. “He’s getting opportunities every day. He’s got a great chance, kind of like what we talked about with the offensive line, to earn some playing time with this bowl practice. The best guys are gonna play, really regardless of age.”

… was this:

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It’s nice to be wanted.

When it comes to Malcolm Mitchell’s future, it sounds like Todd Grantham is reluctant to take no for an answer.

“We’ll do what’s best for the team,” Grantham said. “I think what you have is a really talented guy that can play on either side of the ball. He’s got ball skills, and he’s explosive, so he can make plays on offense.”

Grantham then proceeded to go into a minute-long explanation of what Mitchell could do on the defensive side of the ball.

“The thing that makes him more premier as a defensive guy is he has length, some aggressive play to him,” Grantham said. “He can cover bigger type receivers. He can cover those bigger guys on vertical routes and possession routes. But he has ball skills, so when the ball is in the air as a corner, he has just as much right and he’s gonna be in position to make plays there too. And he’s a willing tackler and he can tackle and he’s a big guy. Those things are significant attributes for a corner.”

Grantham added that the tug-of-war for Mitchell’s services was a “good problem to have.”

Mark Richt will referee the tug of war.  The interesting thing to watch will be what the personnel dictates.  That’s what moved Mitchell to defense to start this season.  They’re losing a bunch in the secondary after this year, but you have to wonder if this will factor into Richt’s thinking as well.

Receiver Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., confirmed via his Twitter account on Monday that he tore his ACL in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl All-Star Game. Terry tweeted that he would get surgery in Athens this week.

Terry was hurt on the opening kickoff of the Shrine Bowl, which matches the top players from North and South Carolina.

Terry planned to enroll for the spring semester at Georgia, which he still may do. But the surgery would definitely prevent him from going through spring practice, and it makes taking a redshirt year very likely. That is a setback not only for Terry but the Bulldogs, who graduate two starting receivers (Marlon Brown and Tavarres King), and could use the depth.

During the course of this season, Georgia lost Brown and sophomore Michael Bennett to season-ending knee injuries. Bennett, who was hurt in practice in October, said recently he expects to be fully healthy by preseason practice for the 2013 season.

The Bulldogs are also set to have Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley and Rantavious Wooten, all of whom were members of the regular rotation this year. Justin Scott-Wesley, Rhett McGowan and several other recruits will also figure into the mix.

How many polished, explosive receivers do you see in that bunch?

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UPDATE:  Bobo 1, Grantham 0.

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Daddy, why do they have so many bowl games?

Because they can, son.

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