March 12, 2013

Any goals for Mitchell?

Now that wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is a full-time wide receiver, does the Valdosta junior have any specific goals he'd like to accomplish in 2013?

Apparently not.

"Naw, I'm not worried about that. I just want to go out and focus, have fun and play to the best of my ability," Mitchell said. "That's what it's going to take."

If anything, Mitchell has certainly been consistent his first two years with the Bulldogs.

After catching 45 passes for 665 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman, he followed that up with a 40-catch campaign last fall for 572 yards and four more scores.

It's that kind of production which made it an easy decision for head coach Richt to determine what position Mitchell would play after starting out last fall as a cornerback due to suspensions in the Bulldog secondary.

"What do I think it's (his role) going to be? Wide receiver," Richt said. "I doubt he plays any more corner."

Mitchell began this year as the Bulldogs' starting cornerback before returning to split end. Mitchell currently has 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns.

"I think he needs to play one position," said Richt.

Tight end Jay Rome said Mitchell could excel wherever coaches asked him to play.

"I think so, but Malcolm would be excited about anything he has to do," Rome said. "The boy's just a football player. Wherever you put him he's going to be happy and play."

Wide receiver will that position.

"At first, he wanted to do it (play defense) and then we needed him to do it," Richt said. "If he wants to be the best he can be, he needs to stick with one and that's receiver."

Mitchell reiterated again last week that's just fine with him.

With Tavarres King and Marlon Brown having moved on, Mitchell's role at receiver takes on added meaning.

The Bulldogs will have Michael Bennett back from a torn ACL, and will feature senior Rantavious Wooten, Chris Conley, Rhett McGowan and Justin Scott-Wesley among its returnees.

"I'm ready to get (Bennett) back out there, I've missed him," Mitchell said. "He's a lot of fun out there because he's giving it all he's got."

He also likes what he's seen from newcomer Jonathon Rumph and looks forward to the day the rest of 2014 class - Reggie Davis, Rico Johnson and Uriah LeMay - make it to campus in a couple of month.

"They'll start learning where they need to be and what they need to do," Mitchell said. "It's going to be fun but they've got to understand the playbook."

As for Rumph, Mitchell sees plenty of potential in the junior college transfer from Holmes (Miss). Community College.

"He looks good. He's got a big body and that's what we need," he said. "We don't have a lot of big bodies at receiver except for Conley, so to have him out there is a big plus for the team."