Mitchell, other injured players expected back by June

semerson@macon.comApril 17, 2014 

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ATHENS - There were a lot of key offensive players sitting out Georgia's spring practice: Receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley, tight ends Jay Rome and Jordan Davis, and tailback Keith Marshall.

But when summer workouts begin, Georgia is expecting them all to be ready to go. Head coach Mark Richt said he was met with the training staff on Thursday and got a good report on the injured players.

"I don't know if there were any of them who were not gonna be ready to go without any limitations, sometime in the month of June," Richt said. "Just predicting, we're not gonna know 100 percent. But we're thinking everybody - the offensive skill guys - should be ready to go, with no limitations, in June."

Mitchell, Scott-Wesley and Marshall tore their ACLs last year. Mitchell tried to go at the beginning of spring practice but sustained another unspecified leg injury. Rome had foot surgery in the offseason, and Davis sprained his knee during spring practice.

No suspension announcement

Spring is finishing without Richt revealing whether the four players arrested in March will be suspended. Safety Tray Matthews, defensive end James DeLoach, defensive lineman John Taylor and receiver Uriah LeMay were charged with double-cashing stipend checks from UGA.

"Every time I discipline a guy, I don't tell everybody what I do all the time," Richt said. "Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't."

But Richt has made clear that the four players have already faced internal discipline.

"They've handled the discipline I've given to this point, and it'll probably be some more before it's over," Richt said. "I'll let you all know when - maybe I will, maybe it won't, I don't know. But if there's something to announce I'll announce it. But to this point they've at least done what I've asked them to do. ...

"The goal in discipline is to change behavior for the better. And to this point they've behaved well, lately. So hopefully that'll continue."

No. 2 QB battle

As expected, the question of who will be quarterback Hutson Mason's top backup will carry into the summer. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said there had not been separation between Faton Bauta and Brice Ramsey, and just said all three backups, including early enrollee Jacob Park, were progressing well. But not well enough to play yet.

"As far as how I set the depth chart out of spring I don't know yet, but I can assure you there's still going to be competition in the fall," Bobo said. "I'm confident in one guy right now, and that's Hutson Mason. The other guys are gaining confidence in the coaches. But we've still got a lot of work to do."

Richt basically echoed that.

"There's probabaly some days we thought it might be Brice. There's probably some days we thought it might be Faton," Richt said. "I don't know if that's been settled."

Extra points

Tramel Terry didn't make much of a dent on the secondary depth chart this spring after moving over from receiver. But Richt said he expects the redshirt freshman to stay at safety.

"I would say yes right now," Richt said. "I thought he made progress. It was slow progress early on, and then he had a little hamstring (issue) early on. But the healthier he gets and the more he learns, the more we'll find out what he's capable of." ...

Quayvon Hicks did switch positions for the spring, going from fullback to tight end, in what was preparation for a hybrid H-back role. The rising junior will stay in that role this summer, according to Bobo, who isn't sure yet whether Hicks will meet with the fullbacks or tight ends.

"He will do a little bit of both," Bobo said. "Quayvon did a lot of nice things for a guy that's never played that position. It'll be a little different role than what tight ends have played for us in the past. But I've been real pleased with Quayvon this spring."

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