Early in his career with the Georgia Bulldogs, it seemed that Malcolm Mitchell was always on the field. He made plays on offense; he made plays on defense; he made plays on special teams. Good things seemed to happen for Georgia when Mitchell was on the field.
However, Mitchell now finds himself in a more one-dimensional role, despite being a candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, which is given annually to the most versatile player in college football.
In 2013, Mitchell will primarily serve as a wide receiver. There likely will not be any defensive back or special teams plays for the senior-to-be.
Instead, Mitchell will be asked to focus on being a receiver for what should be a loaded offense this fall. Mitchell has already shown outstanding chemistry with quarterback Aaron Murray, and those two are figured to connect many times this fall. And with defenses focusing on running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, the ‘Dogs may find that Mitchell will be facing some one-on-one coverages, which would be an ideal situation for both Mitchell and Murray.
In 2012, Mitchell caught 40 passes for 572 yards and four touchdowns. And he was not totally focused on being a receiver at that point, as UGA still played him at defensive back. But after a knee injury last season, head coach Mark Richt and the staff thought it best to use Mitchell at the position where he could help the Bulldogs the most, and that’s at wide receiver.
If Mitchell and Murray can continue to work together as they have in the past, this duo could provide some big plays for one of the nation’s best offenses this fall.