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Mark Richt says Malcolm Mitchell will focus on offense

Malcolm Mitchell will only have to focus on the offensive side of the ball next season after his coach said his days at cornerback are over.

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Malcolm Mitchell's days at cornerback appear to be over. As The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., reports, Georgia Bulldogs coach Mark Richt envisions the two-way player to only play wide receiver next season.

Mitchell finished the season at wide receiver and played there full time in 2011, but he played the first four games of the season at cornerback. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has insisted Mitchell's highest NFL potential lies on defense, but Mitchell himself is said to prefer receiver. Richt said it was a matter of having Mitchell just focus on one position.

As of Wednesday's practice, Mitchell was one of several names listed on the Bulldogs' injury report as the team prepares for the Capital One Bowl against Nebraska.

Quarterback Aaron Murray said he was happy he'd have Mitchell (should Murray even return for next season) in his arsenal:

"... I definitely think he is more comfortable at offense. I think he enjoys playing offense. And I'm definitely happy he's back at offense, that's for sure."

The Georgia Bulldogs and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day in Orlando, Fla. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

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