Malcolm Mitchell usually pauses for a moment to think about a question he’s being asked before answering.
When he heard a question referencing Terry Godwin’s name, as it pertains to his development, Mitchell spoke up rather quickly.
“He’ll one day be a great player for the University of Georgia,” Mitchell said. “He’s already good. To be considered great, he just has to play more games and make more plays. That’s going to come with his talent level.”
In his true freshman season, Godwin has become a receiver the Bulldogs are relying quite a bit on. Through five games, Godwin is third on the team with 10 catches for 106 yards. Godwin has flashed potential at times, such as the sideline grab he made against Alabama at the 9-yard line to save a field goal opportunity in the second quarter.
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At the same time, head coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said he ran the wrong route on a throw from quarterback Brice Ramsey that resulted in a pick-six. Those are the kind of growing pains a team will get from a true freshman receiver.
“Terry’s a young player. He’s going to make some mistakes,” Schottenheimer said. “The angle he took could have been a little flatter. Terry’s a terrific young player. He’s still growing, he’s learning. I think he’ll be that much better this week just because of things he’s learned.”
With Isaiah McKenzie banged up with a hamstring injury, Godwin figures to play an even bigger role in the slot this week against Tennessee. He’s still looking for the first touchdown of his career.
Mitchell admitted his bias when it comes to Godwin as a play-maker. But he said until his perception extends beyond the Georgia locker room, Godwin will have to keep working on becoming great.
“Potential is almost irrelevant until it’s actually done,” Mitchell said. “I believe he will be a great player. But it doesn’t matter until others consider him a great player.”