There are more than a few programs where you’d never hear anything like this in public. Or this, for that matter. I don’t know whether that’s a feature or a bug, but as a blogger, it certainly provides more grist for the mill.
I’m not offering advice here (or at least not advice that anybody’s going to listen to), but I’d have to say that if Ken Malcome thinks he’s going to take serious time away from Todd Gurley, he’s kidding himself.
On the other hand, if we got this kind of season (a team-leading 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns) from a “rusty” Malcolm Mitchell, I think the coaching staff – Grantham, in particular – ought to pay attention to what he’s saying.
He said he still was “rusty” at receiver even by the Oct. 20 game against Kentucky when he had a career-high nine catches for 103 yards.
“I was out there making plays actually not having the technique down that I needed,” he said. “The way practices are set up, you really can’t gain that during the season. It’s the offseason that allows you to do those type of stuff. Those cuts I was making, they were good enough to catch the ball, but were they good enough to break for a 50-yard gain after that? That just comes with the offseason and I didn’t have the offseason at receiver.”