ATHENS - It's been obvious for awhile now, but Mark Richt made it official on Tuesday: Receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley will not play against Clemson.
The reasons are not the same: Malcolm Mitchell has yet to return to practice after undergoing knee surgery in late July, while Scott-Wesley is expected to be suspended for his marijuana arrest last year. Scott-Wesley has also missed the last two days of practice with an ankle injury.
Richt did not confirm Scott-Wesley's suspension, but it is standard UGA policy for a player to miss one game for his first marijuana violation, and four games for a second one.
Junior tight end Jay Rome, who is close to both Mitchell and Scott-Wesley, said he didn't know a timetable for their returns.
"I've known both of them since middle school and those two are some of the strongest mental guys that you could be around. They're not letting it get them down," Rome said. "One of the statements we always said even when we were all hurt was we're gonna control the things we can control, and that's been big for us. ... So mentally when those guys are ready to get back on the field it's not gonna be any lack of focus or anything."
As for other matters, Richt indicated that jobs are still being decided with the Clemson game now days away. He said he and his coaches were going to meet after Tuesday's practice to "try and nail down who's gonna play where."
Richt also downplayed the official depth chart, which was released on Monday. When asked about the two most notable depth chart moves - inside linebacker Ramik Wilson being demoted to second team and cornerback Devin Bowman making first team - Richt smiled.
"This depth chart, I wouldn't go too crazy about right now, to be honest with you," Richt said. "I don't even know if it's worth writing about."