Not exactly, but Georgia coach Mark Richt wants to keep his best athletes on the field. This spring, Richt plans to work sophomore receiver Malcolm Mitchell at cornerback. Georgia’s defense beings back a lot, but with Sanders Commings suspended the first two games in the wake of a January arrest during which he was accused of striking his girlfriend, the Bulldogs are thin at a critical position. That won’t matter in Week 1 against Buffalo, but it will matter in Week 2 at Missouri.
I don’t disagree, as far as that goes. Missouri will present some sort of challenge that may very likely necessitate Mitchell’s presence on defense. But how much time is he likely to see on that side of the ball after Commings returns?
I don’t ask because I’m skeptical he can contribute. I ask it because I think Mitchell’s too valuable on offense to risk spreading him too thin. Go back and look at Bill Connelly’s receiver target numbers for a minute. Is there much doubt that Mitchell was Georgia’s most effective receiver last season?
Hey, if it turns out that he’s the second coming of Champ Bailey, go Dawg go (although it should be pointed out that Champ went the opposite direction from Mitchell, defense to offense). But I’m not sure how all in Richt wants to be with the move if it impacts the receiving corps production. With the inexperience of the offensive line, Aaron Murray’s gonna need all the help he can get this season.