Mark Richt Considers Moving Top Receiver to Defensive Back
Not many times do you see a player switch sides from playing offense to defense. If it does happen, it usually means that things aren’t working out on one side of the ball and the coach is helping the player out by giving them a new start.
For the Georgia Bulldogs, head coach Mark Richt may not have a choice. With the losses of defensive backs Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders, along with the recent two-game suspension that was handed down to Commings Sanders, the Georgia secondary is wearing extremely thin.
Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph asked Coach Richt on Friday about the possibility of moving WR Malcolm Mitchell to cornerback to help fill some depth to the Bulldogs secondary. Mitchell was Georgia’s leading wide receiver as a freshman in 2011 with 45 receptions for 665 yards and four touchdowns.
"Malcolm's capable. But we'll do what's best for the team and Malcolm," Richt said. "I'm not saying he couldn't do it. I know he could, he's a very talented guy. Of course we recruited him as (a cornerback). He might end up playing a little bit of both if we need to."
"You know, I don't think he's gonna give up playing wide receiver," Richt added. "But if we need him over there at cornerback we'll rev him up and see what he can do."
It will be interesting to see what Coach Richt will do in this situation. Sure Georgia will be returning most of its starters back on defense, but when injuries, eligibility and other issues occur; who will be next in line to fill the void?
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