MACON – The Georgia secondary has taken hit after hit the past few months. Players transferring, other being dismissed, only one defensive back signed to this year’s recruiting class ... And then this week Sanders Commings, projected to start at cornerback, was suspended for the first two games after a Jan. 21 arrest.
All of that has led to speculation that Malcolm Mitchell, the team’s leading receiver as a freshman, will play cornerback in 2012. Mitchell was considered a cornerback prospect out of Valdosta High School, until he decided to become a receiver on signing day in 2011.
So I asked head coach Mark Richt on Friday night whether it was a possibility.
“Malcolm’s capable. But we’ll do what’s best for the team and Malcolm,” Richt said. “I’m not saying he couldn’t do it. I know he could, he’s a very talented guy. Of course we recruited him as (a cornerback). He might end up playing a little bit of both if we need to.”
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So could Mitchell have a room similar to what Champ Bailey did, playing cornerback while subbing in at receiver? Richt answered that “could” happen, but indicated Mitchell’s principal position will still be at receiver.
“You know, I don’t think he’s gonna give up playing wide receiver,” Richt said. “But if we need him over there at cornerback we’ll rev him up and see what he can do.”
So what will Georgia do about depth in the secondary?
“We’ll get a plan,” he said. “I don’t know what it’s gonna be for sure. We’ve got some pretty good ones right now.”
Georgia still has most of its starters back, it’s having enough bodies that is the main concern.
“We still got kids on campus that can fill that role,” he said, before adding: “Not as many, unfortunately.”