I’m beginning to wonder if the Mike Bobo-Todd Grantham battle over Malcolm Mitchell’s services will devolve into something reminiscent of an ugly child custody battle.
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Well, the child always loses in those, so let’s hope not.
I’m gonna be devils advocate – and I’m not saying he’s not super talented. But is it possible that some of this comes from the fact he ran the routes himself last year? I ask in a purely inquisitive XandO kinda way.
I have to wonder if part of this is coming from our depth NEXT year compounded with the lack of secondary depth early on this year as well as our good depth at wide receiver. If Bennett and Conley continue to build on their impressive debuts last year, it seems clear Malcolm will be needed more on defense this and next year anyway.
You know, it’s hard to imagine these guys played all last year as Fr and Soph. They were young, new to the system, inexperienced and they still performed. They remained good through Spring Practice and they are coming back on the field with a year of experience in the SEC.
What hath God wrought on our adversaries?
Here, drink some more of this cool-aide.
Yum, good stuff.
Right, because acknowleding Malcome Mitchell is a bad-ass is indicative of “drinking the cool-aid.” Malcome sucks. He is slow too.
Completely irrelevant, but it has just been pointed out to me that while Ted Roof coaches at Penn State, the man holding Tech’s all time best winning percentage as a head coach is also at Penn State.
Wow, I didn’t know Mac was at Penn State.
Poor guy. That sucks.
Who would get into a custody battle over an ugly child?
maybe it’s a battle to see who gets stuck with the homely little brat.
I’m just going to take this along with Richt’s comments about giving him snaps like Champ Bailey at face value, and presume that’s whats actually going to happen. And be very happy if it works out.
Defense wins championships. I feel like Georgia will be able to score some points if the O-Line holds up. If they don’t, then it won’t really matter who is lining up on the edge. If Malcolm can stand in the gap left by Brandon Boykin and the rest of the defense is a year wiser (when they all manage to get in good enough graces to get onto the field, that is) then our defense is going to be pretty nasty. And that’s a damn good thing.
I don’t know why everyone acts so shocked that Mitchell may be the best corner. He was a four star CB in high school. He has excellent speed, good ball skills, and good size. What else would one want in a CB?
Those are all reasons why corner may very well be the best opportunity for him to get to the next level also.
For the love of Pete.. Just play the kid both ways. Hell, let him kick field goals if he’s any good at that.
wished Boykin would have in the bowl game
My worry is the effect of playing full-time at one position and part-time at another. His diet is terrible (there was an article this winter about how he lives on candy and soft drinks.) He will need much better nutrition to have the energy to play as much as the coaches want him to play. I am confident the staff is instructing him in that regard; I hope he follows the advice.
He is a team player and it was reported he was changing his diet plus doing extra conditioning to be able to play both ways. He is up to the task. I can’t wait to see him on the field. GO MM and GO DAWGS!!
Two-ways are also nice stories to sell on the recruiting trail. More attractive than the “We have this box we’re going to put you in and hope you fit” approach by coaches who don’t have time for this two-way shit.
Senator, I don’t mean to hijack this thread but…I just completed some research and have uncovered what I believe to be a serious flaw in the action taken by the NCAA against Penn State University announced this past Monday. Everyone, including the NCAA, agrees that the President does not possess the ongoing authority to impose or even broker punishment against an NCAA member institution ordinarily. That is why they had the “midnight vote” by the NCAA Board of Directors and the NCAA Executive Committee, supossedly separate committees, which the NCAA contends authorized the President to act in the fashion he did to promulgate and impose the sanctions against Penn State. We all know by now that Mark Emmert threatened Penn State University with a 4 year “death penalty” if that institution did not “voluntarily” agree to accept the package of sanctions ultimately imposed by the NCAA by “consent decree.” Pretermitting the question of how an institution can be coerced into accepting sanctions “voluntarily,” in order for this entire procedure to work in the first place special authority had to be granted to Emmert by the NCAA, hence the vote discussed above. The problem is that neither the Executive Committee nor the Board of Directors has the authority to confer such power on the President. The NCAA stated in its press release and in the very Motion voted on that it was basing this action on BYLAW 4.1.2(e) which states: ” The Executive Committee shall: (e) Act on on behalf of the Association by adopting and implementing policies to resolve core issues and other Association-wide matters.” This was not the adoption of a policy according to Emmert himself in numerous statements given to the media. If was a one-off action according to Emmert. This was not an “Association-wide matter” as this was just the imposition of penalties on one school. In order to do what Emmert did it would be necessary for special legislation to have been passed which requires the voting of all member institutions. The Executive Committee is a group made up of 22 Presidents/Chancellors of Universities. The Board of Directors is composed of about 10 individuals some of which are chief executives of member institutions and some of which are not. Thus, no more than about 32 or so people participated in the vote. There are over 180 member institutions in D-IA alone. Only a miniscule number of institutional representatives participated in this vote. I do not know the split on the vote to approve this but it is reasonable to assume that at least some were against. For all we know only about 17 people approved this. In any event this action taken by Emmert and company violates the Constitution and By-laws of the NCAA, a complete section of which is devoted to enforcement. The action taken against Penn State violates NCAA enforcement procedures set out therein. The action by Emmert in this matter is clearly ultra vires and without proper authority from the NCAA membership.
pass the kool-aid
Don’t read it DawgPhan. It’s intended for someone intelligent. You wouldn’t understand it.
Shorter version of above: The NCAA screwed up the vote giving Emmert the power to impose sanctions on Penn State and Emmert didn’t have the authority to do what he did.
FWIW, I have never believed Malcolm Mitchell’s future was at WR. He’s good there, because he’s such a great athlete. But not natural. So all last year I suspected he was probably a Corner.
But having never seen him play Corner, I’ve been holding back. But now that he’s proven to be our best Corner ALREADY, even though he missed the latter part of Spring, I think the verdict is in.
Mitchell’s future is at Corner. He’ll continue to play on offense, as he should. And I suspect it won’t be strictly as a WR.
But Corner is his bread and butter. And that’s where the coaches should direct his focus, IMO. Helping out on offense should be extra stuff, bonus stuff, simply because he can do it.
He has two seasons left and they’ll go fast. Having a shut-down Corner will be a great thing for us these two years. Mitchell can help on offense, but Bobo needs to figure out how to fix his offense without Malcolm Mitchell.
He should be a bonus to the offense, nothing more.
You can see him play corner. Try YouTube.
I think you’re selling him a bit short in saying that he wasn’t natural on offense. He made numerous in-route adjustments to get to the ball, he has sticky hands, and he ran good routes with sharp moves. No one comes in and has over 600 receiving yards as a true freshman without being natural at the position.
and to be clear, I’m not saying that he won’t be better on defense or that he’s not a better fit on defense…I just think that saying he’s not natural is a little short-sighted.
I understand. And you have a good point. MM is a natural athlete, of course. Mainly what I mean is that he’s not as smoothe as most good WR’s.
Now that would certainly come in the next year or two, if he stayed at the position. But, of course, he doesn’t need to do that. He needs to follow his future, which is Corner.
And let me be clear .. in no way did I mean to take anything away from MM as a college WR. And certainly not an offensive player. I expect him to be even more effective on offense this year.
But he should concentrate on defense.
That’s fair. Man, it sucks to be the standout true freshman receiver that just so happens to follow AJ, doesn’t it? Talk about bad luck.
True, but it never entered my mind. AJ is a once-in-a-generation type guy. The very definition of natural … absolutely.
Mitchell is a natural athlete, a great athlete. It’s just that the position takes some time, even for great athletes.
But Mitchell is also a great player, I suspect. A playmaker. So he’s more valuable on defense, IMO, as a playmaker and lockdown corner.
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