ATHENS - The move of Malcolm Mitchell from receiver to cornerback was one of the big stories of Georgia's offseason.The sophomore made his debut on defense at Missouri, and by all accounts had a good showing.
But could the move back to receiver be on tap?
Sanders Commings, the team's top cornerback, returns from his two-game suspension for this week's game against Florida Atlantic. And while the Bulldog defensive coaches would still love to use Mitchell, the offense is ready to have him back.
"I promise I'm going to go in here politicking hard for him," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said on Sunday.
Bobo said he walked into defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's meeting on Sunday afternoon to ask what type of offense FAU runs and how many personnel groups. Grantham, knowing what Bobo was getting at, joked that they play a five-wide receiver set, meaning they would need more cornerbacks.
"I don't think they play five wides," Bobo said, laughing.
Turning serious, Bobo said the Mitchell situation was something that was still to be worked out.
"That's something we'll talk about as a staff," Bobo said. "He's gonna get back on offense some this week. We've already discussed about that earlier in camp. Will it be full-time yet, I don't know, but I sure would love to have him on offense. And he did a good job on defense the other night. He's just a talented player that's still young and is going to continue to get better and help this football team win."
Grantham, speaking to the media on Sunday, maintained that Mitchell will be used on defense, but left some wiggle room. He never said Mitchell will stay in the defensive meetings, as he has since spring practice.
"He's a guy that will still continue to play on defense, because there is a need for him and what he brings to our defense," Grantham said. "I think for his first time out he did a good job. He's aggressive, he understood the route concepts of what's happening. I thought he played better the more he played. I think he's only going to get better as a corner. And I think he's a kind of guy who can be a very valuable guy for us on the defensive side of the ball, moving forward.
"So we'll continue to use him, and work him in as needed, and use his skill set to help us be productive on offense."
Commings is returning to a cornerback unit that has potential starters in Mitchell and senior Branden Smith, sophomore Damian Swann. But if Bacarri Rambo is still suspended, Commings could also be needed at safety, a position he's played before and worked at last week in practice.
Redshirt freshman Devin Bowman has also played a lot the first two games, but was beat on a Missouri long touchdown play on Saturday.
"Devin did OK yesterday," Grantham said. "The play that he got beat one, there's 10 other guys out there ... It's not always on one person."
Suspension and injury non-updates
Head coach Mark Richt wasn't on the customary Sunday teleconference, tending to family business, according to UGA. That left Grantham to give the non-answer on the status of the suspended Rambo and Alec Ogletree.
"Right now they're on the depth chart and we'll just have to see as we move forward," Grantham said.
Georgia is also awaiting the injury status of nose tackle John Jenkins and end Cornelius Washington. Indications are the injuries aren't serious.
"Both of them injured lower parts of their body," Grantham said. "We'll have to wait and see tomorrow. We haven't gotten an injury report yet. We'll have to see how they do tomorrow."