When Malcolm Mitchell approaches the line of scrimmage, he has a good idea of where the ball is going to go based on how the defense lines up.
Georgia could run one play early in a game and come back to it later, with the ball going to Mitchell the first time. But if a defense features a different coverage the second time around, Mitchell already knows the play is going elsewhere.
This happened at least one time during last Saturday’s win over South Carolina.
“For instance, Reggie (Davis') catch where he got hit on the sideline. I knew the ball wasn’t coming to me,” Mitchell said. “We had ran that play before. But I knew that particular time it wasn’t coming to me because of the coverage. That means it had to go somewhere else. In my mind, as soon as I saw the coverage, I could predict where the ball is going to do.”
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It’s a skill, and instinct, great receivers need to have. Reading a defense and figuring out where the ball should go pre-snap helps prepare Mitchell for what his next step will be.
“You’ll probably read the safeties and how they roll,” Mitchell said. “Depending on how they’re supposed to read their keys it might happen before they snap the ball because that’s when they really show the coverage.”
Mitchell’s football smarts enable him to at least do his part to be one step ahead of the defense. So if Mitchell can figure out where a ball needs to go pre-snap, quarterback Greyson Lambert should be able to do so as well.
“Oh, he better be able to do that,” Mitchell said with a laugh.
Hitting the links
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The Telegraph's Daniel Shirley put together this week's SEC game capusles.
The Red & Black's Nick Suss writes that the run-pass option makes Georgia's offense deceptive.
Georgia's John Eason says playing Southern is a "big deal," writes the Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer.
The AJC's Jeff Sentell writes that Georgia has offered the No. 1 player in the state of Mississippi.
UGASports.com's Anthony Dasher writes about John Atkins' desire to be a forensic scientist after college.
Dawgs247's Jake Rowe writes about Greyson Lambert enjoying Brian Schottenheimer coaching from the sideline.
Abram steps up
With Rico McGraw out for the short term with a knee injury, it was assumed Reggie Wilkerson would step in and play the star position.
Instead, in Georgia’s base defense, junior Quincy Mauger moved to the star and freshman Johnathan Abram made his first career start at safety. Abram has already established a reputation of being one a heady football player on the field with a great deal of intelligence. Abram did his part to impress head coach Mark Richt in Georgia’s 52-20 win over South Carolina.
“He’s just very eager to strike people,” Richt said. “He plays hard. He’s very coachable, teachable, but young. He still makes mistakes that freshmen make.”
Running back Sony Michel on trucking South Carolina safety Jordan Diggs at the goal line on an 11-yard receiving touchdown: “I didn’t realize what happened. I realized what I did after watching all the videos.”
Song of the day
"Never Said" by Liz Phair