Mitchell honing his receiver skills

semerson@macon.comAugust 21, 2012 

ATHENS - The closer Georgia gets to the start of its season, the more the Malcolm Mitchell dips his toes back on the offensive side of the ball.

Mitchell, who has worked exclusively at cornerback in practice, has been working with receivers coach Tony Ball after practice. And on some days a quarterback will stick around afterwards to throw with Mitchell.

Head coach Mark Richt said he was going to speak with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo about what the plan should be for Mitchell against Buffalo.

“I think he’ll get some offensive snaps game one,” Richt said. “But how many, and exactly how much we’re gonna try to practice with him and perfect with him, I don’t know yet. That’s kind of about where we are, trying to decide that.”

I'll have a bit more on Mitchell's offense-defense dilemma in the mailbag on Tuesday.

A few other defensive notes:

- Freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons is still looking good, but still slightly trailing Corey Moore and Connor Norman to be one of the second-team safeties.

“He doesn’t have any experience, like those guys have. So it’s just a matter

of learning,” secondary coach Scott Lakatos said. “It’s like showing up (to) Chinese 101 the first day, and hearing all these sounds, and he doesn’t know what these mean. So he’s learning really the language of our defense, and once he puts those in the right compartment and knows what we’re talking about he’ll be fine.”

- At cornerback, Devin Bowman and Sheldon Dawson, in that order, are next up after the top four: Sanders Commings, Malcolm Mitchell, Damian Swann and Branden Smith.

- The only defensive starting spot still in question is outside linebacker, opposite Jarvis Jones. The first-teamer has been junior Chase Vasser, but he’s suspended the first two games, so sophomore Ramik Wilson, junior T.J.Stripling and three freshmen are all “in position,” according to defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

“We’re just gonna keep working those guys, and see how they develop, and get a little rotation going,” Grantham said.

Of course, Grantham said this last Thursday - and a couple days alter Cornelius Washington was back working with the outside linebackers.

As I've said before, who starts at this OLB spot is a bit over-rated, because Grantham will rotate a lot of guys around, including ends. It will be based on matchups. I could foresee a lineup with Washington at DE and Wilson at OLB, or Washington at OLB and Garrison Smith starting at DE.

And then it will look different the next week.

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