Judging from what Grantham had to say on 680 The Fan yesterday, it sounds like there’s a pretty good tug-of-war developing between Georgia’s coordinators over Malcolm Mitchell’s role – or roles, to be more accurate.
On how offensive coordinator Mike Bobo feels about Malcolm Mitchell moving from receiver to cornerback
Well, he was originally recruited as a defensive back and a corner. The thing about Malcolm is, when you look at his size and his athletic ability, you are going to put him in the premium class of corners because of those types of things. And then you add in his ball skills and the way he can catch the ball — that is going to add another dimension to that. So what I think you are looking at is a guy who can be really efficient playing corner and do a really good job for us. From that standpoint there are always ways to get guys the ball on the offensive side. We will do what is best for the team, just like last year the best thing for the team was for Malcolm to play receiver. But as you move forward, just talking about his skill set, I think you are talking about a guy that can be a premium corner.
That’s lust, people.
The short-term call has already been made by Richt. But what happens after Commings and Smith serve their suspensions if Mitchell comes out of the gate and knocks ’em dead as a defensive back? And what if the receiving corps struggles to pick up the slack caused by the move? Either Mitchell takes on one helluva load, or Richt may find himself playing referee between Grantham and Bobo as the season progresses.