December 18, 2012

Mitchell staying put



So much for the notion that Malcolm Mitchell could play cornerback for Georgia next fall.

Head coach Mark Richt seemed to quash that idea during his post-practice session with beat writers Tuesday afternoon.

"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, as reporters immediately started Tweeting out the news.

"Man, everybody's typing like mad. Tweet it, tweet it out," joked Richt. "It's like a frenzy; like a bunch of piranhas."

Tight end Jay Rome said Mitchell - who was limited in practice Tuesday due to a right groin strain - would be happy about doing whatever he's asked to do.

"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 apparently be 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."

Rome may not play hoops

Rome said he's undecided as to whether or not he will join the Bulldog basketball team following the Capital One Bowl.

"That's still up for debate with myself," Rome said. "I still have the option to do it, both coaches are going to allow me to do it if I choose but I'm not really sure if I want to go through it again."

Last year, Rome played in just seven games for the Bulldogs with limited playing time.

At tight end, Rome enters the Capital One Bowl with 11 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

"No doubt that I'd miss it," said Rome. "Basketball has always been my favorite sport, but sometimes when you get older you have to make decisions that are best for you. I think football will probably be the best for me."

New names on post-practice injury report

Besides Mitchell, Georgia's post-practice injury report featured a few names, including senior wideout Tavarres King (left hamstring strain) who was held out due to a left hamstring strain.

Others included wideout Rhett McGowan (left wrist sprain; limited), running back Richard Samuel (left AC joint sprain; out) and nose John Jenkins who continues to be listed as out due to a concussion.

There was some good news.

Defensive end Abry Jones (left ankle injury) was able to get in some limited work and still hopes to play in the bowl.

What will Ogletree do?

Fullback Alexander Ogletree laughed that he's got no idea what his twin brother Alec might do regarding leaving Georgia a year early for the NFL Draft.

If he does, he's not about to spill the beans.

"He's been talking to our mom about it, I know, but he hasn't discussed it with me," he said.

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper projects the Bulldog linebacker to be a first-round draft pick in April's draft.

Draft-eligible underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to announce whether or not they will turn pro.

"I'm pretty sure it is. It's just another stepping stone in life," Ogletree said. "It's his decision and whatever one he makes we'll support him 100 percent."

Alexander Ogletree said his brother's time hasn't been consumed with making up his mind.

"I think he's been doing well. He's a team player. He knows what is at stake with this game," he said. "I feel right now he's focused more on the bowl and will let everything else fall into place."

This and that

Georgia practiced for two hours Tuesday in preparation for its Jan. 1 date with Nebraska. "We had a good practice today on the FieldTurf; the grass fields still were a little soggy from the rain," said Richt. "We had a high energy level today and that's because we haven't had a real practice in two days so there's no excuse not have a good one." … Richt was asked about how he expects the seniors, especially the ones that are projected to be playing in the NFL, will perform in the upcoming bowl game. "We'll have to play the game before you can judge their effort, but they have been practicing well, and I know they want to be proud of their senior season," he said. "They are working hard to get ready for their last game." … Richt said he's looking forward to competing against former assistant John Jancek, who recently joined the new staff at Tennessee as the Vols' defensive coordinator. Former Bulldog assistant Willie Martinez is also UT's new secondary coach. "I'm happy for both those guys to get a great opportunity. It's a great program and they're outstanding coaches and deserve to be in this league if they choose to be," Richt said. "I'm looking forward to competing with those guys."