Cornerback is something of a snakebit proposition at UGA these days. Sanders Commings is suspended for two games in 2012 after his arrest for a domestic dispute, while rising sophomore DBs Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders were dismissed for their involvement in a robbery, and projected starter Branden Smith is still awaiting his team punishment after being arrested for possession of marijuana.
So hey there Malcom Mitchell, wanna play some DB? Great.
"This spring, (Mitchell is) going to work almost exclusively on defense,'' coach Mark Richt said. "He may run a route once in a while, but the goal for him is to be as proficient as a cornerback as he can be and to have enough of a working knowledge so that when we start in camp, he'll have a pretty good feel for the position.''
Mitchell, a receiver in the 2011 season, is being molded to mimic the career of Brandon Boykin, who will enter the NFL Draft this April as a defensive back, despite playing significant time on offense and special teams (he racked up over 1,000 all-purpose yards in '11).
So how's it going early on?
"Terrible,'' Mitchell said with a smile Wednesday night. "I didn't know what they were saying. It sounded like a different language. They were using words I've never heard before.''
They're saying "PLZ DON'T GET ARRESTED, OK? SRSLY."